A four-decade veteran of BMI, Bryant will remain a consultant after stepping down, while the org’s board of directors has already formed a search committee to name his successor.
The son of Nashville songwriter couple Boudleaux and Felice Bryant (who penned such standards as “Love Hurts” and “Wake Up, Little Susie”), Bryant worked at his parents’ music publishing operation before joining BMI’s Nashville branch in 1972. In 1988 he moved to the org’s New York headquarters to become VP of performing rights and in 2004 he was named the org’s topper, replacing the long-serving Frances Preston.
In a statement, Bryant expressed eagerness to return to Tennessee with his family to build a farm “on beautiful property purchased by my folks with money earned from their BMI catalog.”
BMI’s chairman of the board Susan Davenport Austin credited Bryant’s stewardship with building the org “into a global brand and the premier music rights organization. His passion for this industry and for the songwriting community we serve has been evident throughout his substantial tenure, both in the services and support BMI offers its constituents and in the relationships he has built around the world.”