BMI has become the latest music industry resource to embrace podcasting. The rights licensing agency is launching a series of podcasts called "See It Hear First," which will feature new music by repre

BMI has become the latest music industry resource to embrace podcasting. The rights licensing agency is launching a series of podcasts called "See It Hear First," which will feature new music by represented unsigned acts.

Each month, BMI will select acts to include in the virtual showcase. The first podcast will feature music from Jetpack, Astaire, somedaynew and Brendan James. The podcast will be available on the BMI Web site, and pushed to record company executives through BMI's monthly newsletter and e-mail blasts. This month's newsletter will feature the first podcast, the date of which will be revealed later.

BMI recently established a blanket-licensing scheme for podcasting, addressing the public performance rights element of the emerging format. The organization plans to introduce additional licensing programs over time.

"BMI was the first music company with a Web site, the first to license music on the Web, and the first to make data from its entire catalog of more than 4.5 million compositions available on the Web," said Phil Graham, BMI senior VP of writer/publisher relations, in a statement. "The podcast is a logical next step."