Arnold Broido started his music career as a piano student at the Mannes school, later studied at Juilliard, and then at Ithaca College, from which he graduated in 1941. He taught music briefly at East Junior High School in Binghamton, New York until World War II which was spent musically in the U.S. Coast Guard, including sea duty around the world on troop transports. After the war, with no teaching jobs open, he joined Boosey & Hawkes as head of the stockroom, became editor, and so began a long series of adventures in music publishing. His career took him from Boosey to Century and Mercury Music, then to E.B. Marks, Frank Music Corp., Boston Music and, finally, in 1969, to the Theodore Presser Company as President. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of both Presser and Elkan-Vogel, Inc. and actively heads the publication department of the group. In 1990, Ithaca College honored him with the Doctor of Music degree in recognition of his activities on behalf of contemporary music and intellectual property. In 1998 the American Music Center awarded him their Letter of Distinction “for his significant contributions to the field of contemporary music.”
After serving on the ASCAP Board from 1972 to 1979, Broido was re-elected in 1981 and voted Treasurer in 1990. He is also a Director and Treasurer of the ASCAP Foundation. In addition to his work at ASCAP and Presser, some of his activities include: Director and Secretary of the National Music Publishers Association, Director and Secretary of the Harry Fox Agency, former President and current Director of the Music Publishers Association of the United States, Chairman of the International Confederation of Music Publishers and President of the International Federation of Serious Music Publishers.
He and his wife Lucy have three sons, Jeffrey, a computer consultant, Laurence, proprietor of an acoustic guitar store, and Thomas, President of the Theodore Presser group of companies.
The Theodore Presser Company is the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States, tracing its roots back to 1783.