The 14th Annual ‘Rising Through the Ranks’ Program Dedicated to Support the Advancement of Women in Radio, Returns to In-Person in 2022

Programming Will Also Include Advance Virtual Sessions

The professional development program is now accepting applications for scholarships

NEW YORK – April 18, 2022 – Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc ® (BMI®), and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), have announced that the 14th annual Rising Through the Ranks will be held in 2022 as a hybrid event.

The program will begin with two virtual sessions taking place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT on July 26 and August 2, prior to participants meeting in person on August 9-11 in Nashville. As in years past, BMI will offer 20 scholarships for this year’s program. The scholarships will cover the cost of the professional development course, which is geared to foster and educate current and emerging female radio managers in broadcast radio.

“BMI continues to be proud supporters of Rising Through the Ranks and the work our partners at the RAB and MIW do to support rising female executives in the radio industry,” said Dan Spears, vice president, industry relations, BMI. “The scholarships provided by BMI give these talented women invaluable training from some of the top executives in the business. We’re so thrilled to have everyone back together again in Nashville this year and look forward to a successful event.”

“To the up-and-coming women in our business, MIW has one message: Go for it! Fill out that application and learn from some of the best in the industry,” said Ruth Presslaff, board president of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. “Rising Through the Ranks, in partnership with BMI and RAB, represents the best of what happens when we give back and pay it forward. MIW is always thrilled to be part of the program."

“Rising Through the Ranks is a priceless opportunity for our attendees to further their professional development and we are excited to be bringing this event back in person this year,” noted Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer, Radio Advertising Bureau. “We’re taking our learnings from virtual training over the last two years and integrating it with our proven in-person training to create a best-in-class curriculum that is certain to payoff for our participants.”

This year’s agenda and speaker lineup will be announced at a later date.

Scholarship applications and registration are available on www.rab.com and will be accepted starting April 18, through 6 p.m. CT on May 13, 2022. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by June 10, 2022. For more information, go to RAB’s Rising Through the Ranks page here.


Celebrating over 80 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, 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 over 18.7 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.2 million 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 are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every week to stay up to date on all things music.

About the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc.

Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. is a volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization of top-level female radio professionals, from across the country, who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help other women in radio broadcasting develop management and leadership skills. MIW is equally committed to advocating for the advancement of women to senior positions within the radio industry. For more information, please visit 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. For more information, log onto www.rab.com.

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