BMI's Frances Preston (left) is congratulated by Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle. photo: Chuck Pulin
Following are her acceptance remarks:
"Thank you, Isaac, for your words. We've been together so often lately it's beginning to feel like our own world tour. Thank you to Women in Music for this prestigious Touchstone Advocate Award. I am proud to be in the company of such distinguished honorees. Since I was asked to accept the award, I've thought a lot about the word 'advocate' and what it means to us as executives and as women.
I believe women are born advocates. We know instinctively how to support our families, friends, colleagues, communities, and, in the case of this audience, our artists, songwriters and other music clients. We are the strong arm, available ear, source of information, gentle prodder, organizer, financial planner and the head of the fan club. We usually know how to do it all when it comes to other people and I would suggest you also take all that talent and energy and communication skills and use them for yourself.
No one will ever be a bigger advocate for you than you. Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. Learn every aspect of your company or your business, from the mailroom to the board room. Volunteer for the hard jobs and do them eagerly. Join industry organizations and charities and work towards leadership positions within them. Let people know what you're doing, what you know and where you're headed. Do all the things you normally do for others but always be mindful that you are your own advocate.
During my years in the music business I have enjoyed the company of many genuinely creative artists and business people. I count you all among them, and thank you again for this honor."