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  • Oct 14, 1939
    BMI files its charter using the formal name Broadcast Music, Inc. The performing rights organization collects and distributes royalties for the public performance of songs on behalf of its member songwriters and publishers. The U.S. has two additional performing rights agencies: ASCAP and SESAC
    Feb 15, 1940
    A performance rights organization, BMI, is founded to compete with ASCAP. Short for Broadcast Music, Inc., BMI collects and distributes royalties to songwriters for the public performance of their works
    Oct 17, 1975
    BMI chief Frances Preston receives the Metronome Award during a Country Music Association banquet at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville
    Sep 7, 1984
    The first Harlan Howard Birthday Bash is held at BMI
    May 29, 1986
    Frances Preston becomes the first Nashville executive named to run BMI's American operation. The New York-based agency collects and distributes earnings on behalf of songwriters and publishers for the public performance of their songs
    Sep 30, 1992
    George Jones and Frances Preston, head of the songwriter agency BMI, earn a place in the Country Music Hall Of Fame during the 26th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House
    Feb 22, 1995
    BMI's Frances Preston receives the Nashville Entertainment Association's Master Award. A former receptionist at WSM Radio, she led BMI's rise as a performing rights organization and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Jun 20, 2001
    The Vanderbilt University Medical Center dedicates the Preston Research Building, a cancer facility named for Country Music Hall of Famer Frances Preston, of the performing rights agency BMI
    Apr 29, 2004
    The Tennessee General Assembly passes a resolution honoring retiring BMI chief Frances Preston for her "uncommon ability and enthusiasm" on behalf of songwriters
    Aug 23, 2004
    Del Bryant, who wrote Billy "Crash" Craddock's "I Cheated On A Good Woman's Love," succeeds Frances Preston as the president and CEO of the songwriter performing rights organization BMI

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