-Funkmaster George Clinton has been named 2009’s BMI Icon honoree. The award will be presented at the organization’s upcoming annual Urban Awards on Sept. 10 in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Clinton joins such previous BMI Icon honorees as The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and the Bee Gees.

-The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will salute Lionel Richie at its 31st annual An Evening of Stars event. The singer/songwriter/producer will receive the organization’s Award of Excellence in recognition of his
multifaceted career. The ceremony will be held Sept. 12 at the Pasadena (Los Angeles) Civic Auditorium, and will air nationally as a two-hour telecast in January 2010. Previous Stars honorees include Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

-Five music industry veterans have launched the full-service consulting firm, Executive Decision Entertainment Group (EDEG, pronounced edge). The EDEG principals are Dorsey Fuller, Juanita Stephens, Karen Lee, Mark Boyd and Myles Luster, whose collective experience includes radio and record promotion, public and media relations, artist development, management, sales, marketing, distribution, retail and project budgeting. Focusing on music, arts and entertainment business ventures, EDEG operates offices in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.