BMI to Sponsor Performance by Jake Wesley Rogers and Payton Smith during Media Finance Focus 2019

Jake Wesley Rogers Concert after Member Awards Ceremony Sponsored by BMI Payton Smith to Perform During Wednesday Luncheon Event
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BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) the global leader in music rights management, has partnered with Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association, to provide entertainment for its 59th annual conference. Performing will be Payton Smith and Jake Wesley RogersThemed Big Ideas in the Big Easy, the conference will take place May 20-22 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, La.

Rogers’ musical journey began in his younger years, influenced and fueled by the vocal
powerhouse artists of the time (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga). But the adventure he now embarks on is a true voyage of discovery, rendered in song with earnest honesty. What was once a young man finding his way through solitary expression, now emerges as an artist embracing a new future, standing on the shoulders of his own younger self. Rogers takes the stage Tuesday, May 21, during the Awards Ceremony and Concert that begins at 5:45 p.m.

Smith will perform during the closing luncheon on Wednesday, May 22, which begins at noon. The Louisiana born and bred Smith first unlocked the gateway to Nashville’s “Music Row” in 2014 while on a family vacation. A makeshift performance in the hotel lobby during that vacation led to some high-profile introductions, one of those was to renowned producer, Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney/Willie Nelson). That led to his debut studio recording with Big Machine Label Group. “Payton is one of the most exciting young singers, musicians, and songwriters I have ever encountered,” says producer Cannon.

“Great musical entertainment has become a signature of Media Finance Focus,” said Mary M. Collins, president, and CEO of MFM and BCCA. “We are truly grateful to BMI for their continuing support, now in its 24year, which has allowed us to tap into some nationally recognized talent and to remind attendees that they are part of the exciting business of media.”

“BMI is proud to once again provide the musical talent for the MFM/BCCA Membership Awards Ceremony,” said Dan Spears, vice president, Industry Relations, BMI. “Both the MFM and BCCA have helped facilitate BMI's mission of connecting businesses that use music with its creators and getting talented songwriters like Jake Wesley Rogers and Payton Smith in front of the best in cable and broadcast media highlights the work we do on behalf of our affiliates to help their careers flourish.”


Celebrating over 78 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in 14 million musical works created and owned by more than 900,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every week to stay up to date on all things music.

About Media Finance Focus 2019

Chaired by Ralph Bender, CFO of Manship Media and vice chair of MFM’s board of directors, and co-chaired by Melissa Mitchell, corporate controller for Bonneville International and MFM board secretary, Media Finance Focus 2019 will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts, who will provide timely information on topics relevant to media industry finance professionals, including accounting, economic projections, valuations, M&A, taxes, human resources, regulatory and technological developments, and internal audit. BCCA, the media industry’s credit association, will provide a full track of sessions designed to meet the needs of today’s order to cash professionals. The event will also offer formal and informal networking activities to foster idea-sharing and will host an exhibit hall featuring the latest in products and services for addressing the industry’s financial management and credit and collections requirements. Registered participants can earn 20 or more CPE credits. Information and a current draft of the agenda can be found on the conference website –

About MFM and BCCA:

Media Financial Management Association (MFM) is the premiere resource for financial professionals for media industry education, networking, and information sharing throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about MFM is available on its Web site: https://www.mediafinance.organd via its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Its BCCA subsidiary serves as the media industry’s credit association. BCCA’s revenue management services encompass a variety of credit reports on national and local media advertisers and agencies, including Media Whys, a credit report for media businesses which offers a credit score based on industry-specific aging combined with trade data from Experian or D+B. More information about BCCA is available at and as well as its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. 




James Carville

James Carville, notable political consultant, and New Orleans resident, will be the opening keynote speaker for Media Finance Focus 2019, the 59thannual conference for the Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association.