NMPA Announces Sen. Lamar Alexander as 2010 President’s Award Honoree
May 12, 2010
WASHINGTON—The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) will present its 2010 President’s Award to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
“As a Senator representing a state that’s home to both the country music and the blues capitals of the world, Senator Alexander is particularly attuned to the value of music as a cultural and economic force in America,” said NMPA President and CEO David Israelite. “The songwriter and music publisher community is honored to recognize his distinguished leadership and friendship throughout his lawmaking career with the 2010 President’s Award.”
“Music has been a great source of joy in my life since my mother took me to my first piano lesson as a child,” Alexander said. “I am grateful and honored to receive this award from an organization that also celebrates the important role music plays in people’s lives.”
While Alexander’s home state is closely associated with the country and blues genres, his personal experience also extends to the classical – he is a trained pianist who, while governor, traveled his state performing with symphonies and community orchestras. More recently, he performed during the Memphis in May concert series in 2008 and at the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in 2009, as well as at a Grand Ole Opry concert in Nashville this month when the history music venue was flooded and moved to another location after a series of devastating storms hit the area. Alexander is co-chair of the Senate Songwriters Caucus. In 2005 he sponsored legislation - now law - that provided capital gains tax incentives for songwriters.
The President’s Award is announced each year in conjunction with the NMPA’s annual gathering of songwriters and music publishers in New York City. The NMPA established the President’s Award in 2005 to recognize an individual who has been a leader on issues of importance to music publishers and songwriters, and who works diligently to strengthen intellectual property protection. The award will be presented in Washington, DC, later this month. The NMPA Annual Meeting will be held June 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, followed by a cocktail reception. Members of the media are invited to both the meeting and reception.
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About the NMPA
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.
About the President’s Award
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) established the President’s Award in 2005 to recognize an individual who has been a leader on issues of importance to music publishers and songwriters, and who works diligently to strengthen intellectual property protection. Past recipients include Rep. John Conyers (R-MI), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).