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4/11/2005

 
BMI Expands its Washington Presence on Behalf of Music Writers and Publishers

NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, announced today that it has retained Washington, D.C. consultant Janet Staihar to raise its presence in the nation's capital.

BMI is committed to the protection of its songwriters and publishers' musical copyrights, which are increasingly threatened by rapid technological advances that enable unauthorized internet transmissions.

Fred Cannon, BMI's senior vice president for government relations, said that Staihar's efforts will result in BMI being involved in more industry and other Washington events and activities aimed at raising the profile of BMI in the nation's capital as well as to help maintain the integrity of copyright and related issues. Her work will complement BMI's current presence in Washington.

During the last 20 years, Staihar, the principal in the public relations firm Staihar & Associates LLC, has represented numerous national and international clients in the entertainment, hospitality and other industries, and has worked on Capitol Hill as a wire service reporter and in the Executive Office of the Vice President.

"BMI has an important story to tell the nation on behalf of its talented creators of music," said Staihar. "If copyright is weakened, creativity will diminish. I look forward to helping BMI and to involving its famous roster of songwriters in spreading the word about the importance of the copyright issues that affect them, as well as representing BMI in Washington. "

Some of the current major BMI members include Faith Hill, Sting (PRS), John Adams, Maroon 5, David Koz, 3 Doors Down, Carlos Santana, Joshua Redman, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Sheryl Crow, Mike Post, Britney Spears, Eminem, Mariah Carey, David Yazbek, Bob Israel, Kid Rock, Elvis Crespo, Oasis (PRS), Sarah McLachlan, Steve Reich, Thomas Newman, Faith Evans, Evanescence, Snuffy Walden, William Bolcom, Shakira, and Snoop Dogg, to name just a few.

Longstanding legendary creators affiliated with BMI include John Lennon, Chuck Berry, Dave Brubeck, David Bowie (PRS), Milton Babbitt, Willie Nelson, The Eagles, Thelonious Monk, Carlos Santana, Sir Elton John (PRS), The Neville Brothers, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Waylon Jennings, Charles Ives, The Who, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Leadbelly, Eric Clapton (PRS), John Williams, The Bee Gees, B.B. King and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

BMI, a non-profit making company formed 65 years ago, collects license fees from music users and then it pays those license fees in the form of royalties to those songwriters, composers and music publishers it represents.

The BMI repertoire includes approximately 4.5 million musical works compositions that are performed via radio, television, Internet, restaurants, colleges, ice skating rinks, hotels, airlines and many, many other venues.

For further information, contact Janet Staihar
Phone 202-237-2080 * Cell 202-494-2490 * Fax 202-237-2082 * Email
jstaihar@comcast.net

Staihar & Associates LLC
5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Suite 15
Washington, D.C. 20016

Robbin Ahrold
Vice President, Corporate Relations
BMI
212 830 2502
rahrold@bmi.com


Source: Broadcast Music, Inc.

CONTACT: Janet Staihar of Staihar & Associates LLC, +1-202-237-2080,
Cell: +1-202-494-2490, Fax: +1-202-237-2082, or jstaihar@comcast.net, for
Broadcast Music, Inc.; or Robbin Ahrold, Vice President, Corporate Relations
of BMI, +1-212-830-2502, or rahrold@bmi.com




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