BMI will move about 30 jobs from its New York office to Music Row starting this fall and continuing for the following 6-8 months. Only a few employees who currently hold the mostly administrative functions will be given the option of relocating. Hiring to fill the positions could start as soon as late summer.
Robbin Ahrold, a NY-based spokesman for BMI, explained that a majority of the organization’s administrative jobs were already in Nashville and that having them all located in the same office should increase efficiency. Remaining in New York will be a few executives, and staffers who deal in TV licensing, international licensing and legal matters.
The move of the jobs was precipitated by a relocation of the New York office from Midtown to the 7 World Trade Center office tower. BMI had been in the Midtown location for more than 20 years, but its lease ended and it will move in about a year. Overall, Ahrold said the effect on the Nashville operations would be “modest.”