BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) announced that Jodie Thomas has been named Executive Director, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, effective immediately. She reports to Liz Fischer, BMI’s VP of Corporate Communications, and is based in the company’s New York office.
In this newly-created position, Thomas will oversee the media relations for BMI’s Licensing and International groups. She will also work closely with the broader communications team to help support BMI’s business efforts, advocacy communications, Legal Department and Writer/Publisher teams.
“Jodie is a great addition to the team,” said Fischer. “She brings a wealth of corporate and music industry experience to this new role and will be a tremendous asset in furthering BMI’s mission to value music and advocate on behalf of our community of songwriters, composers, and publishers and the many businesses that play their music.”
Thomas most recently was a Vice President at Rubenstein Public Relations, where she created and implemented national press campaigns for a diverse roster of clients including Appetizer Mobile, The Paley Center for Media, and The Miss Universe Organization. Before that, she worked at 5W Public Relations where she managed press campaigns for internationally-acclaimed artists including Grammy Award-winning group Clannad, Tony Award-winning singer Alfie Boe, and The Wiggles. She also spearheaded the campaigns for the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and the iconic guitar brand D’Angelico Guitars of New York.
Prior to 5W, Thomas spent nine years at Universal Music Group’s Decca Label Group, first as manager, and then director, of public relations. At Decca, she ran campaigns for multiple artists including Andrea Bocelli, Ray Davies, Marianne Faithful, David Garrett, and Branford Marsalis, as well as the cast recordings of hit Broadway shows like Wicked, Mamma Mia, and Spring Awakening. Thomas’ earlier experience includes posts as the manager of media and artist relations at Artemis Records and tour publicist for Capricorn Records.
Thomas graduated from College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a Bachelor’s in Science.