BMI has promoted two executives as part of a restructuring of its writer/publisher department. President and CEO Mike O’Neill announced on Wednesday that Alison Smith has been elevated to executive vp of distribution, publisher relations and administration services; and Mike Steinberg is now the evp of creative and licensing.
The promotions, which are effective immediately, follow the retirement earlier this year of Phil Graham, BMI’s longtime senior vp of writer/publisher relations. Smith will now oversee the business and financial relationships with BMI’s publishers, while Steinberg will add oversight of the newly-named creative group to his portfolio.
Before their promotions, Smith had been svp of operations, distribution and administration, while Steinberg’s title was svp of licensing.
“As the music industry continues to evolve it makes perfect sense to realign BMI’s internal teams to better meet the needs of our songwriters, composers, publishers and licensees,” said O’Neill. “These new roles position BMI to build on the tremendous success of our creative and distribution teams, growing our relationships within the industry and creating even more impactful opportunities for both the music creators we represent and the businesses we partner with to deliver that music to the public.”