Martin Bandier Set To Be Honored At BMI Pop Awards

Martin Bandier
Matt Furman

Martin Bandier

Publishing executive Martin Bandier will be honored with the BMI Icon Award at the upcoming 67th Annual BMI Pop Awards, the organization announced on Wednesday (April 3).

Set to take place May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the evening will also see Sting receive a special award for his 1983 hit “Every Breath You Take,” which has officially become the most-performed song in BMI’s catalog of over 14 million works. Imagine Dragons will also receive the BMI President’s Award.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s ceremony which honors the best of the best in pop music and celebrates songwriting at its finest,” said BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill in a statement.  “For the first time in 22 years, BMI has a new top song in our repertoire with Sting’s timeless hit ‘Every Breath You Take,’ a remarkable achievement that solidifies its place in songwriting history. It’s a milestone that demands a special tribute.”

O’Neill added, “We are also thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking artistry and creative vision of Imagine Dragons who have become one of the most compelling rock bands of the last decade and a most deserving recipient of our President’s Award. And, when you think of music icons, Marty Bandier certainly falls within that category. BMI is thrilled to honor him for his indelible imprint on all facets of the music industry.”

This year’s ceremony marks the first time a music publishing executive has been awarded the prestigious honor. The news comes on the heels of Bandier stepping down as chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing at the end of last month after leading the company since 2007.