Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is primarily a performing rights management organization, collecting license fees for recorded music and distributing royalty payments to the artists. It was founded in 1939 by the National Association of Broadcasters and, for many years, provided additional customer services such as market research, promotional ideas, script services, orchestrations, and complete programs.
During the 1950s, BMI organized clinics at multiple locations throughout the United States and Canada that provided opportunities for radio personnel to exchange new ideas on local programming. These clinics addressed a wide range of issues, including programming strategy, advertising sales, station promotion, public service, news, and specialized audience programs. Eventually, television program managers were also attending clinics to share their successes and failures. During the peak year in 1956, there were 42 BMI program clinics held across the country. The clinics were suspended in 1958.
The collection consists of 536 audio tapes, two scrapbooks, and three boxes of photographs from the annual BMI banquet. The recordings date from 1951-1957 and were created at clinics held across the country.
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