Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1928
DiedJune 13, 2012, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
SpouseThomas J. Preston, Jr., Grover Cleveland

Frances W. Preston was born on August 27, 1939, in Gallatin, Tennessee, United States. She is the daughter of James and Lillian (Wyatt) Preston. She has three brothers: James, John, and Robert. She attended Gallatin High School. After graduation, she attended Vanderbilt University, where she majored in English and minored in music. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Preston began her career as a secretary at WSM-AM radio station in Nashville. She later became the station’s promotions director. In 1966, she joined BMI as an assistant to the vice president of writer/publisher relations. She was promoted to vice president in 1969. In 1979, she was named president and CEO of BMI, becoming the first woman to head a performing rights organization.

Preston has been credited with helping to turn BMI into a major force in the music industry. Under her leadership, BMI has increased its market share, grown its revenues, and expanded its international operations. BMI now represents more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in more than 90 countries.

Preston has been honored with numerous awards during her career. In 1998, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2002, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush. In 2007, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Preston has been married twice. Her first husband was country music singer Johnny Cash. They were married from 1969 to 1996. Her second husband is Michael O’Neill, a businessman. They have been married since 1997. Preston has three children: Cindy Cash, Rosanne Cash, and John Carter Cash.

Preston has an estimated net worth of $100 million. She earns a salary of $1 million per year as president and CEO of BMI.

General Info

Full NameFrances W. Preston
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1928
DiedJune 13, 2012, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Place Of BirthGreenfield, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Virginia, United States


SpouseThomas J. Preston, Jr., Grover Cleveland


AwardsGrammy Trustees Award

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