MUSICSPEAK PANELISTS - PUBLISHING 101
Leslie Roberts is BMI’s Executive Director, Creative in Nashville. Leslie is responsible for signing and developing new talent and also supporting BMI’s extensive family of songwriters and publishers, focusing on, but not limited to, both country and Christian genres. She assists BMI songwriters with creative and administrative tasks and helps coordinate showcases, seminars and other events in BMI’s stacked calendar, including planning and hosting the BMI Christian Awards.
Leslie is also involved with college programs and outreach such as Catalog Cast, oversight of record company rosters and representing BMI within the AIMP. Leslie organizes networking events for the music business community, including the “Next Big Wave” songwriter event and the Young Music Business Professionals breakfast. Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott and Thomas Rhett are just a few of the artists she has worked with throughout her career. She was recently honored by Music Row Magazine as a 2016 “Rising Women on the Row” winner.
A respected member of Nashville’s music industry, Leslie worked for five years with Sony BMG in Nashville, where she was Manager, Artist & Repertoire. She was also a song-plugger for three years with Music City-based publishers Mighty Isis Music. Active in the music community, Leslie serves on the NARAS Board of Directors and the board of the Gospel Music Association. The Native Nashvillian also serves on the Blake McMeans Foundation board, Cumberland Heights board, where she was given the Sheila Keeble Award, honoring a woman who has made a difference in the recovery community, and the Nashville Humane Association, where she earned the Julia Colton Award, recognizing an outstanding individual for their lifetime dedication and commitment to homeless animals. When she’s not working, Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.