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Former BMI President Frances Preston Dies At 83

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Frances Preston, one of the most successful female music executives in the history of the music industry, has passed away. She was 83.

Preston was surrounded by family when she died early Wednesday morning at her home in Nashville. She had suffered from congestive heart failure.

Preston was president of New York-based BMI, which collects and distributes royalties to songwriters, from 1986 to 2004. Before that, she was head of the company's Nashville office. She was born and grew up in Nashville.

She was reportedly the first female corporate executive in Tennessee. Preston retired from BMI in 2004 and returned to Nashville full-time in 2007.

During her career, Preston worked with Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette and dozens of others.

As BMI president, she oversaw a company that represented Paul Simon, Janet Jackson, Sting and others.

She is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions can be made to the T. J. Martell Foundation, 15 Music Square West,
Nashville, TN 37203, 615-256-2002 or the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727 (c/o Gifts Processing 
PMB 407727), 615-936-0233.

Funeral arrangements were being done by Spring Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery. 

Visitation for family, friends and colleagues will be held on Sunday, June 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame. A private funeral will take place at First Lutheran Church, with a private graveside service and burial to follow at Nashville's Landmark Spring Hill Cemetery.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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