The 7th Annual “Rising Through the Ranks” Course Dedicated to the Support and Advancement of Women in Radio Sales Management is Open for Submissions

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New York, NY – April 28, 2014 – Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will present the seventh annual “Rising Through the Ranks” Seminar, August 27-28, at the BMI Nashville headquarters in Tennessee. As in years past, BMI will offer 20 scholarships for this year's program. These scholarships cover the cost of the professional development course, which is designed to foster and educate emerging female radio sellers and managers within broadcast radio.

This year’s course will focus primarily on women in the radio workplace and sales and management techniques; including problem solving, budget reviews, managing team personalities, and personal brand building.

Scholarship winners will also have the opportunity to hear from leading radio industry executives across various station groups and industry backgrounds. Confirmed speakers include: Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group; Lindsay Cerajewski, general sales manager, CBS Radio; Tincy Crouse, market manager, Cromwell Radio; Erica Farber, president and CEO, RAB; Katie Gambill, president and general manager, 5-Star Radio; Kim Guthrie, executive vice president, Cox Media Group; Brandeis C. Hall, vice president, professional development, RAB; Emily Hunt, local sales manager, KSL Broadcast Group; Laurie Kahn, president and CEO, Media Staffing Networks; Sue McNamara, senior vice president, sales, CBS Radio; Kay Olin; partner, Olin & Associates; and Dan Spears, vice president, licensing, BMI.

“Rising Through the Ranks is the epitome of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group,” noted Kay Olin, partner, Olin & Associates, and spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group. “With the generous help from BMI and the RAB, this two-day training workshop allows us to continue to develop, and help foster female sales managers to senior positions in the Radio industry.”

"BMI is thrilled to underwrite this important initiative," said Mike Steinberg, senior vice president, licensing, BMI. "We're proud to support the advancement and education of female executives throughout the radio industry."

“We can only ensure that female leaders continue to emerge within radio by supporting the advancement of women in the ranks,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “This year’s Rising Through the Ranks program will not only give scholarship winners the opportunity to learn from industry executives, but to meet and interact with their peers and develop a valuable network of their own.”

Scholarship applications and registration are available at www.rab.com and will be accepted now through June 4, 2014. The training course is limited; applicants are encouraged to submit early. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by Thursday, June 26.

About BMI
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management; serving as an advocate for the value of music.  BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and consistently are among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

About MIW Radio Group
The MIW Radio Group consists of top-level Radio women across the country who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help put more women in positions of leadership in Radio. For contact information for each MIW, along with interviews, articles, and MIW presentations, or to join the MIW Network or learn about the MIW Mentoring Program, go to http://www.radiomiw.com.

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium.

Media Contacts:

Meghan Buonocore

Leah Lupo
(212) 220-3142

MIW Radio Group
Kay Olin
(850) 653-5626