Press Release

NARM's Pam Horovitz to address music publishers at NMPA Annual Meeting and ASCAP's John Lofrumento to receive NMPA President's Award.


NEW YORK, June 9, 2003 – The 2003 Annual Meeting of the National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc. (NMPA) scheduled to take place on June 16 at the Helmsley Hotel in New York City, will feature a keynote address by the president and CEO of the National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM), Pam Horovitz.  Ms. Horovitz plans to speak on issues of mutual concern to the songwriter/music publishing community and record retailers, including Internet anti-piracy activities.

Also addressing the meeting of NMPA, which has served as the principal trade association for the American music publishing community and its songwriter partners since 1917, will be NMPA president and CEO Edward P. Murphy; NMPA board chairman and CEO of Famous Music Publishing, Irwin Z. Robinson; NMPA general counsel Peter L. Felcher of the law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison; and Gary L. Churgin, president and CEO of NMPA’s licensing affiliate, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.

The evening will be further highlighted by the presentation of the NMPA President’s Award to American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) CEO John LoFrumento, being honored for his career-long dedication, service and commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of songwriters and music publishers.  Past recipient’s of the prestigious award have included: songwriter/ composers Morton Gould, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, George David Weiss, Hal David, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller, and Lamont Dozier; BMI CEO Frances Preston, and; Congressman Carlos Moorhead.  

“I very much look forward to the remarks of Pam Horovitz,” stated Ed Murphy, “whose organization has a unique perspective on the challenges currently facing the American music community.  Our two groups have long worked together on various issues affecting the distribution of music in the United States, and this year’s meeting will give us the chance to strengthen our ties by directly addressing all of those legislative issues of greatest mutual concern.  The forging of closer working relationships among America’s copyright advocacy groups is a major goal of the music community as we move through these very demanding times.”

“I am also gratified to be able to present our President’s Award to so deserving an individual as John LoFrumento,” added Murphy.  “John is uniquely talented among the members of our community by virtue of his vision, his intellect, and the ability to deliver results.”

About The National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc.:
The National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc., Founded in 1917, works to protect and advance the interests of the music publishing industry. With over 650 members, NMPA represents the most important and influential music publishing firms throughout the United States.

About The Harry Fox Agency:
The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., the licensing subsidiary of The National Music Publishers' Association, provides an information source, clearing house and monitoring service for licensing musical copyrights, and acts as licensing agent for more than 27,000 music publisher principals, who in turn represent the interests of more than 160,000 songwriters.

About The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers:
ASCAP is a membership association of over 155,000 composers, songwriters and music
publishers of all genres of music. ASCAP members are the dominant creative force in
music. ASCAP songwriters secured 100% of the Top Ten Hot Rap Singles, and 90% of the Top  Ten R&B/Hip Hop singles and airplay based on Billboard's 2002 year-end charts. The world's largest performing rights organization, ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works. ASCAP is the only member-owned performing rights organization with a Board of Directors made up solely of writers and publishers elected by the membership.

About NARM:
NARM serves the music retailing community in the areas of advocacy, networking, information, education, and promotion. The Association's members include retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers of products and services.

Carey Ramos