BMI Promotes Mike Steinberg, Alison Smith

BMI has promoted two members of its executive team.

Mike Steinberg has been elevated to EVP, Creative & Licensing, and will lead the newly-named Creative Group, which will encompass BMI’s songwriter and composer teams in Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Puerto Rico and London, as well as the company’s strategic partnership division. Steinberg will continue to oversee BMI’s Licensing organization, driving all of BMI’s domestic revenue. Steinberg joined BMI in 1996 as Assistant VP of Business Affairs and Licensing and was ultimately promoted to SVP of the group in 2011.

Alison Smith has been promoted to EVP, Distribution, Publisher Relations and Administration Services, working closely with BMI’s publishers on their royalty distributions and administration needs, as well as streamlining the flow of information and developing new data streams, bonus structures and payment methodologies across all music platforms. She will continue to oversee all of BMI’s domestic and international royalty distribution and administration services to its more than 750,000 members. Smith began her career working as an assistant in BMI’s Nashville office and has subsequently held multiple roles of increasing responsibility throughout her 31-year tenure at the company.

Smith’s and Steinberg’s new roles reflect a restructuring of BMI’s Writer/Publisher department following the retirement of Phil Graham, BMI’s SVP of Writer/Publisher Relations, who announced earlier this year that he is leaving the company after a distinguished 40-year career.


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