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Clay Bradley Named BMI Vice President of Creative in Nashville

Bradley succeeds Jody Williams, who announced he was stepping down from the position last year.

BMI has named Clay Bradley vice president of creative in Nashville. The veteran Music Row executive succeeds Jody Williams, who announced last year that he was stepping down from the position he held since 2006.

The announcement marks Bradley’s return to BMI. In his new role, Bradley will be responsible for leading the creative team at BMI’s Nashville office. He will begin his new role on March 17, and reports directly to BMI’s senior vice president of creative, Alex Flores.

“There is no better advocate for songwriters than Clay Bradley,” Flores said in a statement. “He has dedicated his career to fostering relationships with Nashville’s songwriting and publishing community and has a unique and innate ability to identify and nurture promising creative talent. I have no doubt that he will continue to build on the incredible success of our team in Nashville, and I am thrilled to welcome Clay home to BMI.”


Bradley previously spent seven years as assistant vice president of BMI’s writer/publisher department, where he helped to sign, nurture and develop the next generation of BMI songwriters. He signed Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Casey Beathard to BMI, as well as helped to develop the Key West Songwriter’s Festival and the BMI Parking Lot party featuring Jake Owen which evolved into BMI’s “Rooftop on the Row” series.

Most recently, Bradley served as the founder and CEO of Eclipse Music Group, an artist development and publishing company. He managed and negotiated the Eclipse Music roster and helped develop songwriters Katie Pruitt and Early James, as well as Big Machine artist Payton Smith.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to come back to BMI to represent the world’s greatest songwriters,” Bradley said. “My passion for this creative community is beyond compare, and I am grateful to return to a company I love having gained new knowledge, perspectives and experiences over the last five years. I look forward to working with the Nashville team to continue our mission to guide, support and champion the careers of BMI’s incredible roster of songwriting talent.”