Michael O’Neill is President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®). In this role, Mr. O’Neill oversees all of BMI’s business operations, both domestically and globally, and directs the Company’s strategic growth to benefit BMI’s writers, composers, music publishers and licensees. He is also a member of BMI’s Board of Directors.
Mr. O’Neill has served BMI for nearly 20 years, most recently overseeing all aspects of BMI’s writer, composer and publisher relations, domestic licensing and revenue generation including radio, television, cable, satellite and the General licensing division, and managing royalty distributions and administrative services groups. He has led licensing negotiations, developed new licenses and sales policies and spearheaded a new customer relations campaign.
Additionally, Mr. O’Neill has overseen the exponential growth in signing up more than 40,000 new affiliates each year over the past four years, and has been instrumental in developing the groundbreaking BMI Live program, which pays performing songwriters for live performances in small venues. Under his leadership, BMI has maximized revenues to support its affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers.
Mr. O’Neill joined BMI in 1995 as Director, Group and National Accounts from CBS-TV Network, where he was Director, CBS Affiliate Relations. Within two years, he was appointed Assistant Vice President, Media Licensing and two years later, Vice President, Sales and Administration, Media Licensing. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Licensing, and in 2010, Senior Vice President, Repertoire and Licensing. In September of 2013, he received his appointment as Chief Executive Officer and assumed the additional title of President in July of 2014.
Mr. O’Neill holds an MBA from Rutgers University in Marketing and Finance and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Montclair University. Mr. O’Neill sits on the Board of Directors for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Broadcasters Foundation of America, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Overseers of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and is a member of the BMI Foundation Corporate Advisory Council.