Industry Ink: BMI, Webster PR, CMT

BMI Launches #MusicMonday

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BMI has launched BMI #MusicMonday, a playlist of songs curated by BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations department, of what they are listening to at BMI each week. The playlist, which includes music from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country, rock, Latin, R&B and more, will be updated each Monday with a fresh batch of tunes.

To listen each week, visit the #MusicMonday page at


Charley Pride Joins Webster PR


Kirt Webster, President of Webster Public Relations, has announced Charley Pride as the latest artist to join the company for publicity representation. Pride celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year.

A native of Sledge, Mississippi, Pride pursued a baseball career first, with stints on minor-league teams before injuring his arm. His musical talent was brought to the attention of Chet Atkins at RCA Victor in Nashville, and Pride’s debut single “The Snakes Crawl At Night” was released in 1966. Between 1966 and 1987, Pride amassed 52 Top 10 country hits, with 29 climbing to the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s country chart.


CMT Names Courtney Cole As CMT Empowering Education Spokesperson

Courtney Cole

Courtney Cole

CMT has named Courtney Cole as its newest spokesperson for CMT Empowering Education campaign, which is now in its fourth year. Cole launched the first CMT Empowering Education event at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky. Cole, a recent Belmont University graduate, will headline 10 events this year at community colleges around the country, including a first stop at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee, on Friday (April 22).

“I’m excited to partner with CMT on their Empowering Education initiative,” said Cole. “Music and education are a powerful combination. Having the opportunity to meet students and hear their stories is something I’m looking forward to!”


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