-- The Bicycle Music Co. and its affiliate the AF Circle C Fund have acquired a significant interest in the catalog of Chris Connelly, who has been in such bands as the Revolting Coks, Ministry Pigface and the Damage Manual. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company termed it a comprehensive publishing deal.

In addition to participating in those bands, he has released 12 solo albums and collaborated with such artists as Killing Joke, Jah Wobble, KMFDM, Cabaret Voltaire and Shirley Manson, according to a statement from Bicycle Music.

-- BMG is moving to consolidate its Stage Three Music acquisition by closing that firm's London office and moving the staff members to the latter's London office. As part of the consolidation, Stage Three Music managing director Steve Lewis is leaving the company.

-- ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a songwriting mentorship program, kicked off this week with the Great Unknown in Washington, D.C. The program, which gives ASCAP songwriters and composers a platform to give back to their local communities by engaging inner city school kids, has lined up Latin songwriter Claudia Brant for Los Angeles; country songwriter Odie Blackmon for St. Louis; R&B singer/songwriter Dondria for Dallas; songwriter/producer Chris Henderson for Atlanta; and songwriter/producer and the Legendary Traxster for Chicago.

The program is set-up so the songwriters have two sessions with kids to write songs and a third session for recording. The finished songs will be included on a special compilation CD that ASCAP produces, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

-- Jack Sander was re-elected as BMI chairman at the organization's annual shareholder meeting this week. Besides the former vice chairman of Dallas-based Belo Corp., other appointments included the re-election of Cecil L. Walker, former chairman & CEO of Atlanta-based Gannett Broadcasting as presiding director.

At the same time, new board members include Michael J. Fiorile, vice chairman and CEO of Dispatch Broadcast Group, and president & COO of the Dispatch Printing Company in Columbus, Ohio; and Mark P. Mays, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Communications in San Antonio, Texas.

Click here for information on re-elected members of the board and other sitting on the board.

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