Should BMI's Good Old Boys' Network Make Rules for the Digital Age?
I called a couple BMI offices, asking for the link. The folks who answered the phone weren't even sure one existed. They put me through voicemail hell. The 2012 annual report I discovered doesn't even make mention of a Board. Finally, I had to resort to an October 2012 press release, announcing the reelection of a board member, to secure a complete rundown.
(Yes, I could access an IRS form, but, why should I have to and how many people would think of that?).
Of course, it's probably just an innocent oversight. These cats are rockers, musicians, technologists, digital media types -- since when do they follow protocol?
Or maybe they're not.
A review of BMI's board membership helps add necessary, but omitted color and context to the lawsuit it recently filed against Pandora
But first, speaking of that lawsuit, I have to thank BMI for the shout out in the official complaint. You can access a copy here. In all seriousness, I'm beyond flattered that a paralegal or maybe even the general counsel or somebody considered my work important enough for a citation on Page 9:
I did find it odd, though, that whoever wrote that part felt the need to provide a citation for something so well-known -- Apple's
That aside, it should come as no surprise that really, really, really old school broadcast radio/TV executives comprise almost all of the BMI board.
Let's consider some representative examples.
One BMI board member, Jack Sander, now serves as a "Senior Advisor" to the Belo Corp., the owner of a couple dozen or so television properties. According to Broadcasting & Cable, "Sander's first post-college job, paying $85 a week, was with WLWC Columbus in 1965." I can't find his birthdate anywhere, but I feel comfortable saying he's pushing 70.