The entity that collects royalties almost every time somebody plays a Michael Jackson tune is exporting about 32 jobs to Nashville as it prepares to move from Midtown to the 7 World Trade Center office tower.
The organization, Broadcast Music Inc., which collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, including Mr. Jackson, has gradually shifted the bulk of its jobs from West 57th Street in Manhattan to Music Row in Nashville, said Robbin Ahrold, a spokesman for B.M.I. It now has about 140 jobs in the city, down from a peak of about 500, and plans to move about 110 of them into two floors of 7 World Trade Center in the spring.
Most of the remaining jobs in New York will be executive positions and those of employees who deal with the TV and radio broadcasters based in the city or overseas, Mr. Ahrold said. Most of the employees who are busy these days tracking all of the performances of Mr. Jackson's music and collecting royalties on them are in Nashville.
"He is clearly one of our most successful songwriters," Mr. Ahrold said. "He has ranked in the top 100 for a number of years. He is also ranked very close to the top of our international royalty collections."
With all of the posthumous tributes that have been airing since Mr. Jackson died on Thursday, his music probably has produced more royalties in the last week than that of any other songwriter, Mr. Ahrold said. He said he was barred from disclosing how much B.M.I. collects on the songs of Mr. Jackson or any of its other clients, who include musicians like Herbie Hancock and composers like John Williams.
Performing rights organizations like B.M.I. have suffered less during the recession than the music recording business has, Mr. Ahrold said. He said income for B.M.I., whose fiscal year ended on Tuesday, has been growing 7 percent to 9 percent annually for several years. The pending reduction in jobs in the city is a consolidation of administrative positions in Nashville, not a shrinking of the company's staff, he said.
After looking at options inside and outside the city, the company's executives settled on 7 World Trade Center because "it was a very attractive offer on an extremely attractive space at a transportation hub that is going to be very convenient for many of our employees who come in from outside of Manhattan," Mr. Ahrold said.