NMPA Names Chris Cylke Senior Vice President for Government Affairs

January 28, 2013


WASHINGTON—The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) today named Christopher Cylke Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the association.  He will serve as the NMPA’s chief liaison to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, overseeing all legislative and regulatory policy development and outreach on behalf of the music publishing and songwriting industry.

“Chris combines Hill experience with an understanding of industry issues and strong sense of Washington’s impact on business,” said David Israelite, NMPA President and CEO.  “He’s a tremendous asset and we’re excited to have him join our team.”

Cylke comes to the NMPA from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) where he served as Director of Government Affairs advocating on issues of domestic and international copyright protection, content distribution, trade, tax, and privacy.  Prior to the MPAA, Cylke  was Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, responsible for daily legislative activities as well as managing a variety of pro-business coalitions.  Most notable among his accomplishments during his Chamber service was leading coalition efforts that resulted in successful enactment of the 2008PRO-IP Act.    From 2000- 2008, he held a series of leadership positions with the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately serving as Senior Legislative Assistant and Deputy Parliamentarian for Republican staff.  Cylke began his career with Minnesota Senator Rod Grams.

He received his B.A. in political science from James Madison University with a minor in public administration in 2000.  He’ll join NMPA February 11.

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.