Frances Preston Honored by National Music Council

Posted in News on June 15, 2004
BMI President and CEO Frances Preston was among this year's American Eagle Award honorees presented by the National Music Council. Held June 9 at The Players Club in New York City, this prestigious award is given each year by the Council to individuals and corporations for distinguished service to American music and music education.

National Music Council Director Dr. David Sanders and BMI composer Maury Yeston present BMI's Frances Preston with the 2004 American Eagle Award

BMI award-winning composer Maury Yeston, who performed two songs from his upcoming Broadway show Death Takes a Holiday, presented Preston with her award.

Songwriter Hal David, who has penned such classics as "What the World Needs Now," "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and MetLife Foundation, which has contributed over $35 million to ensure that art and music are a part of every public school child, were also honored at the luncheon.

Fellow American Eagle Award recipient Hal David congratulates BMI's Frances Preston

Through the cooperative work of its member organizations like BMI, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the interchange of information and coordination of efforts between its members and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable. Founded in 1940 and chartered by Congress in 1956, the National Music Council is the official US representative to the International Music Council.