Hundreds of BMI Nashville employees welcomed their neighbors from publishing companies, record labels and Music Row businesses - as well as Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell - as they kicked-off the holiday season with the now-traditional lighting of the BMI Tree. The Tree lighting tradition was begun in 1995 with the completion of the six-story building, and this year�s celebration was the biggest and most enthusiastic yet. Guests enjoyed cookies, mulled cider and a variety of other goodies as they listened to the 130-member Hendersonville High School Concert Chorus and Select Chorus sing carols and holiday standards. BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston spoke of the joy and kindness associated with the season, and encouraged those gathered to carry that spirit throughout the year -- symbolized by the sparkling lights decorating the 30-foot Norway spruce just outside the main entrance.
The guest of honor!
BMI�s Paul Bell, Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell and BMI�s Frances Preston
BMI�s Thomas Cain with BMI songwriters Stephen Allen Davis and James Allen Otto
BMI�s Angelia McCormick, celebrating her birthday with Emmy Award-winning composer Brian Siewert, First American�s Lisa Harless, and photographer Teddie West
API President Johnny Slate (l) and API VP Janet Slate congratulate their son, David, after his performance with the Hendersonville High School Concert Chorus. David�s brother, Stephen, works in BMI�s Media Licensing department.