BMI announced today that veteran Music Row executive Clay Bradley will return to the company as its Vice President of Creative in Nashville. He will be responsible for leading the Creative team in BMI’s Nashville office and report directly to BMI’s Senior Vice President of Creative, Alex Flores. Bradley will begin his new role on March 17.
“There is no better advocate for songwriters than Clay Bradley,” said Flores. “He has dedicated his career to fostering relationships with Nashville’s songwriting and publishing community and has a unique and innate ability to identify and nurture promising creative talent. I have no doubt that he will continue to build on the incredible success of our team in Nashville, and I am thrilled to welcome Clay home to BMI.”
Said Bradley, “It is a tremendous honor for me to come back to BMI to represent the world’s greatest songwriters. My passion for this creative community is beyond compare, and I am grateful to return to a company I love having gained new knowledge, perspectives and experiences over the last five years. I look forward to working with the Nashville team to continue our mission to guide, support and champion the careers of BMI’s incredible roster of songwriting talent.”
Bradley most recently served as the Founder and CEO of Eclipse Music Group, an artist development and publishing company focused on delivering emerging new songwriters and artists to the marketplace. He was responsible for managing and negotiating all aspects of the Eclipse Music roster and helped develop songwriters Katie Pruitt and Early James, as well as Big Machine artist Payton Smith, who made his debut at the Grand Old Opry just last week.
Bradley previously spent seven years as Assistant Vice President of BMI’s then Writer/Publisher department, where he partnered with the industry’s leading publishers, record companies, agents, producers and music festivals to identify, sign, nurture and develop the next generation of BMI songwriters. During that time, Bradley was responsible for signing Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Casey Beathard to BMI, among many others, and also helped develop some of BMI’s most well-known events like the Key West Songwriter’s Festival and the BMI Parking Lot party featuring Jake Owen which evolved into BMI’s “Rooftop on the Row” series.
Previous roles include positions as the Vice President of A&R for both Sony BMG/Nashville and MCA Records, as well as Creative Director for Acuff Rose Music Publishing. Bradley began his career in 1991 as an Associate Director at BMI immediately following college.
Bradley and his family are ingrained in the Nashville music community. His grandfather Owen Bradley, father Jerry Bradley and uncle Harold Bradley are all in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Owen Bradley is credited with helping establish Nashville as a commercial force for music and the music business. In addition, his mother Connie Bradley also served as the Senior Vice President/Head of Nashville for ASCAP.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Bradley is a Board member of the BMI Foundation, a member of the Recording Academy and a past Board member of the Academy of Country Music.