BMI Taps Ari Surdoval For Communications Post

Ari Surdoval

BMI has named Ari Surdoval Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations. Surdoval will be based in BMI’s Nashville office, and will report to Kay Clary, Senior Director, Media Relations.

In his new role, Surdoval will direct press campaigns, create editorial content, and develop corporate and branding communications for both the business and creative communities.

“Ari is that rare combination of thinker and executor,” says Clary. “He will be an asset to BMI’s licensees, songwriters, and staff members alike, helping carry the message that BMI is a vital link in the chain that sustains the musical creativity we all get to enjoy. In a way, his approach mirrors BMI itself—an ideal marriage of creative and business.”

Most recently, Surdoval was a Communications Specialist for public relations giant Porter Novelli, where he created editorial, web and social media content, as well as messaging for members of the agency’s executive committee. He also served as the Editorial Director of Gibson Guitar Corp., where he developed the company’s extensive editorial, web and marketing services. Prior to his post at Gibson, Surdoval was Managing Editor of Performing Songwriter magazine. His previous roles also include Marketing Writer for Classic Media and Copy Editor for Condé Nast. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, with a focus in writing and history. A man of many talents, Surdoval is also a BMI songwriter.

Contact him at [email protected] and (615) 401-2880


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