Carmel Magazine

Spring-Summer 2019

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A s a young man armed with a BA in music, Trust found himself knocking around Manhattan with dreams of making a living playing the trumpet. Economic realities forced him to take on a day job, and he accepted a position as librarian in the music depar tment of the New York City Public Library. Little did he know that this job taken out of necessity was the springboard to a lifelong career. Trust later answered a classif ied ad in the New York Times that couldn't have been more perfectly suited for him: "Wanted: music clerk, must have knowledge of popular and classical music. Prior library experience preferred." The notice was placed by Broadcast Music International. More familiarly known as BMI, the non- profit organization was founded in 1939 and collects licensing fees for songwrit- ers and composers. Trust went to work in the "logging" department, which he describes as "song identification and crediting." He stayed with BMI for a 190 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 Trust's book details his experience with helping the late Beatle John Lennon to avert deportation in 1973. It's just one of the many anecdotes detailed in "Would You Trust This Man with Your Songs?" Photo: Courtesy of the Sam Trust Collection

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