Jessa Gelt

Jessa GeltJessa Gelt is Executive Director, Creative at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Based in BMI’s Los Angeles office, Gelt is responsible for enhancing the overall growth of the pop, rock and indie genres through her efforts in signing new songwriters, artists and bands while maintaining relationships with existing BMI affiliates worldwide.

Gelt plays an integral role in establishing BMI as a trendsetter within the indie sector through spearheading BMI’s Indie Spotlight, which highlights both new and prominent indie artists and bands, assisting with the Acoustic Lounge performance series and Speed Dating for Songwriters™ out of the LA office and facilitating various BMI songwriting camps. Most notably, Gelt was involved in the curation of the Aspen Song Camp, which led to the 2018/2019 hit single “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco. She also conceptualized BMI’s Speaker Sessions, an educational event featuring prominent figures in the music industry who provide career advice and more to BMI affiliates.

Since joining BMI in 2012 as an Associate Director, Gelt has been vital in affiliating, cultivating and working with many songwriters and producers to BMI including Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatrick, Sasha Sloan, Normani, Jason Evigan, Ilsey Juber, ROMANS, Sarah Aarons, Charlie Handsome, Johnny McDaid and Brockhampton, to name a few. She also secures talent for San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival and works closely with the rest of BMI’s Creative team for SXSW, Lollapalooza and other regional stages. She was promoted to her current position in 2019.

In 2020, Gelt was selected to join BMI’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force, comprised of various employees, while the company was recruiting BMI’s new DE&I officer, Sandye Taylor, who joined the company in February 2021. The internal task force was created to ensure that the company continued to foster a culture that embraces a diversity of talent values, ideas, beliefs and backgrounds. She’s currently a member of five of BMI’s ERG groups, including Women @ BMI, BMI Pride, BMI Mosaic: AAPI Network, BMI Mosaic: Black Network and BMI Mosaic: Hispanics & Latinos Network.

Prior to BMI, Gelt worked at EMI Music Publishing where she scouted new talent, coordinated writer sessions, workshops and song camps to support their Pop/Rock/Indie artist rosters before transitioning into a similar role with Sony/ATV.

Gelt was recently named co-president of Future Hope, a subsidiary group connected to City of Hope’s Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry (MFEI) charitable organization. As an active group member since 2018, she’s played a key role in generating additional participation in major fundraising events and hosting board meetings.