Jody Williams 2016 Awardee
Over the years, Williams has amassed a wealth of experience, and throughout these different phases, he has remained a true music fan, un-jaded and sincerely interested in songwriters and their craft. Jody has held creative positions for Screen-Gems Music and Tree International, as well as Dick James Music, which made Williams the head of their Nashville office in 1986. The following year, Frances Preston invited him back to BMI, and Williams accepted and rose to the position of Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations. The publishing world lured Jody back again in 1995, this time as President of the Nashville division of MCA Music Publishing, where he reorganized the division and went on to win the prestigious ASCAP Publisher of the Year. During his latest tenure at BMI, Jody has guided the PRO to great success, directing all the writer/publisher activities in Nashville, all the while keeping a keen ear out for the greatest up-and-coming songwriters. A Nashville native, he attended the University of Denver and majored in advertising. Jody and his wife Karen (whom he met at BMI), have two sons: Driver, guitarist for Capitol Recording artist Eric Church, and Ed, Creative Manager at Sony ATV Music Publishing. Today, Jody serves on the boards of the Country Music Association (CMA), Country Music Foundation (CMF), Porter’s Call and Musicians Corner, is a mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and is a member of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), The Gospel Music Association (GMA), Leadership Music, The Academy of Country Music (ACM), and the Americana Music Association (AMA).