President's Corner - May 2013
We all see great potential in the digital future for songwriters and their music publishing partners. NMPA is working aggressively to ensure that the future grants a fair market rate for creators’ works and respects the rights those creators hold. This year, those efforts are more robust than ever.
Chairman Goodlatte recently announced a series of hearings to review existing copyright law. Expect music to be a focus and rest assured that NMPA will ensure the voice of songwriters and music publishers is heard not only in the halls of Congress but in courtrooms, board rooms and media outlets as well.
Taking creators’ rights beyond our borders, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual “Special 301 Report,” a key indicator for U.S. trade and enforcement policy. With creators fighting for their right to fair compensation in the U.S., it’s essential our government continue to fight and strengthen our intellectual property protections around the world. I applaud USTR for their continued commitment to strengthening creators’ rights and our U.S. economy.
Finally, plan on being a part of the NMPA Annual Meeting June 12. In addition to updates on legislation, litigation and industry, we’ll honor singer/songwriter Toby Keith with the NMPA Songwriter Icon Award and Florida Congressman Ted Deutch with the NMPA President’s Award. And if you’re missing the Grammy’s, the latest issue of Grammy magazine is out which celebrates winners, trends and music from this year’s ceremony.
Until next time,