Frances Preston Profiled In Today's WSJ
May 15, 2008 at 2:21 PM (PT)
TODAY’s (5/15) WALL STREET JOURNAL has an in-depth and interesting profile on the fascinating rise of BMI CEO FRANCES PRESTON, from "girl Friday" receptionist at WSM-A/NASHVILLE in the 1950s to one of the most forceful gatekeepers in the music industry.
The story details the process of how Ms. PRESTON becAME entrusted by NASHVILLE songwriters. One of her methods was to send flowers to songwriters on openings of their performance nights, even to unknown artists and writers that she had never met. One of the tunesmiths that she embraced was KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, offering the songwriter a million-dollar advance in the mid-1970s, an unheard of sum of money at the time. KRISTOFFERSON eventually signed with BMI and his works included, “For the Good times,” and "Help Me Make It Through the Night," both earning multimillion airplay for the BMI catalog.
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