Frances Preston Passes, Memorial Set For Sunday
June 15, 2012 at 6:48 AM (PT)
FRANCES PRESTON, who was Pres./CEO of BMI from 1986-2004, passed away this morning (6/13), at the age of 83 at her NASHVILLE home.
PRESTON founded the BMI office in NASHVILLE, and was inducted into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 1992.
She was born in NASHVILLE in 1928. Memorial services are pending.
NAB Joint Board Chairman PAUL KARPOWICZ release this statement, "FRANCES PRESTON was a great friend to the broadcast community during her nearly two decades as Pres./CEO of BMI. She was a person of substance, grace and humanity, and her unwavering support for songwriters will be her legacy. We join our music industry friends in mourning the loss of this truly one-of-a-kind woman."
NARM Pres. JIM DONIO offered the following: "FRANCES was world class ... a well-respected and formidable executive in the music industry, not to mention one of the most vibrant and engaging people you'd ever want to meet. NARM and BMI have enjoyed a productive working relationship through the years, and FRANCES was a close colleague of NARM's longtime leader MICKEY GRANBERG, who died in 2010. They were among a very select group of strong female executives who broke barriers for women throughout the industry, and set the standard for dynamic leadership for all of us."
The visitation for PRESTON, will take place on SUNDAY, JUNE 17th, from 5-9p (CT) in the ROTUNDA of the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in NASHVILLE, for family and friends. A private funeral will be held at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH. Call (615) 865-1101 for info.