BMI is pleased to announce that longtime PRS for Music executive Karen Buse is joining BMI as Managing Director, European Society Relations, effective immediately. She will be based in BMI’s London office and report to Ann Sweeney, Senior Vice President, International & Global Policy.
In this newly-created role, Buse will work closely with key European and global performing rights societies to help maximize BMI’s International revenue, improve business practices and identify growth opportunities. She will also support BMI’s International team on global copyright management initiatives.
Sweeney commented, “I have known and worked with Karen for many years and have always admired her depth of experience in collective rights management and her excellent relationships throughout the global performing rights community. We are thrilled to have her join our team, which will only further enhance our relationships with the many international sister societies that are so important to BMI.”
Buse joins BMI after a 28-year career at PRS for Music, most recently as Executive Director on the company’s Leadership team overseeing the International and Membership divisions. She was promoted to that role in 2013, after spending 12 years as the Director of the International division, where she helped grow international revenue from £80m to more than £250m during her tenure. She began her career at PRS working in domestic and foreign processing and went on to hold multiple positions of increasing responsibility, including Manager of the Foreign Incoming Distribution department and International Relations Manager.
Buse graduated with a degree in French and Spanish from Southampton University.