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NMPA Annual Meeting Set for June 19, 2006 in New York

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May 24, 2006

NMPA Annual Meeting Set for June 19, 2006 in New York
Congressman Lamar Smith to Receive NMPA President’s Award
Jimmy Webb to Receive NMPA Influential Songwriter Award

Washington, DC – National Music Publishers’ Association President and Chief Executive Officer David M. Israelite announced today that the trade organization’s annual meeting will take place on Monday, June 19, 2006, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  Congressman Lamar Smith from Texas, a long-time champion of music publishers and songwriters, will be honored with the 2006 NMPA President’s Award.

The annual meeting comes at a time when Congress is considering several issues affecting music copyright holders. Speakers will address NMPA’s efforts to ensure copyright protection for music publishers and songwriters in the era of satellite radio and digital media.

“This is an exciting time for NMPA as we push for ways to make sure that our music publishers and their songwriting partners get the fair compensation they deserve,” Israelite said. “This year’s meeting is a chance for every music publisher to become informed about issues that could affect their bottom line.”

This year’s President’s Award recipient, Congressman Lamar Smith, is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. As chairman, Congressman Smith has initiated hearings addressing copyright protection and music licensing in the digital age.

In addition, Jimmy Webb will receive the NMPA Influential Songwriter Award. Webb, whose hits include “Where Love Resides,” “Didn’t We,” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” will perform a few of his classic songs.

NMPA Board Chairman and CEO of Famous Music Publishing Irwin Z. Robinson and Harry Fox Agency President and CEO Gary L. Churgin will also speak.

The NMPA Annual Meeting will begin at 3:45 p.m., with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. The Roosevelt Hotel is located at 45th Street and Madison Avenue.  To register, please contact Jamie Rozecki at jrozecki@nmpa.org.

About the NMPA
The National Music Publishers’ Association is committed to promoting and advancing the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners.  As the trade association for the music publishing industry, NMPA’s goal is to foster a business climate that allows its members to thrive creatively and financially.  Founded in 1917, NMPA battles for domestic and global protection of copyrights.  
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