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BMI Extends Its Presence In D.C.

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, has retained Washington, D.C. consultant Janet Staihar to raise its presence in the nation's capital. BMI is committed to the protection of its songwriters and publishers' musical copyrights, which are increasingly threatened by rapid technological advances that enable unauthorized internet transmissions.

Fred Cannon, BMI's senior vice president for government relations, said that Staihar's efforts will result in BMI being involved in more industry and other Washington events and activities aimed at raising the profile of BMI in the nation's capital as well as to help maintain the integrity of copyright and related issues. Her work will complement BMI's current presence in Washington.

During the last 20 years, Staihar, the principal in the public relations firm Staihar & Associates LLC, has represented numerous national and international clients in the entertainment, hospitality and other industries, and has worked on Capitol Hill as a wire service reporter and in the Executive Office of the Vice President.

"BMI has an important story to tell the nation on behalf of its talented creators of music," said Staihar. "If copyright is weakened, creativity will diminish. I look forward to helping BMI and to involving its famous roster of songwriters in spreading the word about the importance of the copyright issues that affect them, as well as representing BMI in Washington." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner