Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and Governor Abbott announced this week that BMI will be expanding its reach with a creative office located in Austin. Entrepreneur Gary Keller will also be instrumental in opening the office space, as he co-founded Austin Music Movement and is signing on as a key sponsor of BMI’s Texas music initiatives.
“Today we are proud to announce that BMI’s support of Texas songwriters, composers and music publishers will become even more Texas-focused,” said Governor Abbott. “This capital investment expansion represents a real commitment to continue Texas’ rise as a music industry business center. I thank the Texas Music Office for their work in making this expansion possible and look forward to working with BMI to grow our thriving music industry.”
Mike O’Neill, president and CEO of BMI, added: “BMI has been active in the Texas music community for decades, and as their creative community has grown, we’ve grown along with them. Having a permanent presence in Austin is the next logical step, and we look forward to building on our many relationships within the industry to help give Texas songwriters all the support they need to create their greatest music. We’re thrilled to call Austin our newest home.”
BMI is currently aiming to have the permanent office located around Austin’s Business District or South Congress. The projected completion of the space is set for March 2019 in line with the 33rd annual SXSW festival.