As Senior Vice President, Government Relations, at BMI, Fred Cannon is responsible for coordinating and overseeing BMI’s legislative efforts in conjunction with all departments, as well as with the company’s lobbying firms in Washington, DC and in states across the country. Until its closure in May 2010, he served as Vice Chair of BMI’s political action committee, the BMI Legislative Fund for Authors, Composers and Publishers. A lobbyist, hit songwriter and record producer, Cannon is based in BMI’s New York office.
Prior to joining BMI, Cannon held senior management positions with EMI Records in Italy and England, where he worked with such superstars as Paul McCartney, Queen, Elton John and Michael Jackson. He was Managing Director of The Voice of the Daily American where he was also a popular radio personality in Rome, Italy.
From 1979 to 1988, he was Managing Director and CEO of Carrere Records in the UK, signing such international acts as the Buggles and Rose Tattoo, and assisting with the production of many hit records. From 1988 to 1992, he was International Director of British record and music publishing company, PWL, which charted over 100 top 40 hits and 16 number ones.
In addition, Cannon served as Supervising Producer of the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo from 1989 to 2001. Cannon served as a member of the British Institute of Marketing from 1977 to 1988, and was named a Fellow of the British Institute of Directors in 1985. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whittier College in California.