NMPA SONGS Foundation Launches with First-Annual Golf Tournament Featuring Charles Kelley, Josh Kelley, Mark Bryan, Brett James, Scott Stapp and Many Others

October 1, 2015

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For Immediate Release: October 1, 2015
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer

NMPA SONGS Foundation Launches with First-Annual Golf Tournament Featuring  
Charles Kelley, Josh Kelley, Mark Bryan, Brett James, Scott Stapp and Many Others

Songwriter Showcase to Kick-Off Event on Monday, Oct. 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Next Tuesday, 20 of the top songwriters in the U.S. will join music industry executives and donors at The Country Club at Woodmore for a golf tournament to raise money for the NMPA SONGS (Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters) Foundation.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation and seeks to provide grants to aspiring songwriters who are struggling in the age of streaming. Founded this year, the charity also aims to provide grants to composition education programs. The NMPA SONGS Foundation Board consists of NMPA President & CEO David Israelite, singer-songwriter Jewel, songwriter Kara DioGuardi, Razor & Tie founder Craig Balsam, Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) President Lee Thomas Miller, Reservoir Media Management founder Golnar Khosrowshahi, NMPA General Counsel Danielle Aguirre and NMPA VP of Communications, Charlotte Sellmyer.

“We are thrilled to have so many incredible songwriters in town to support those who hope to follow in their footsteps,” said NMPA SONGS Foundation President David Israelite. “Today, with the decline of music sales and the rise of streaming companies who fail to pay creators fairly, it has become harder and harder to make it as a working songwriter. This Foundation will award individuals with songwriting talent and ambition with grants so that they can continue offering their craft to the culture at large.”

The full list of songwriters participating in the events are:

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum
Bartender, Need You Now, I Run to You

Josh Kelley
Amazing, Only You

Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish
Only Wanna Be With You, Hold My Hand, Let Her Cry

Brett James
Jesus Take the Wheel, When the Sun Goes Down

Scott Stapp of Creed
With Arms Wide Open

Don Schlitz
Forever and Ever Amen, The Gambler, When You Say Nothing at All

T-Mo Goodie of Goodie Mob
Cell Therapy

Steve Bogard
Prayin’ for Daylight, Mornin’ Ride, Do Right by Me

Lee Thomas Miller
You’re Gonna Miss This, The Impossible, In Color

Phillip White
I’m Movin’ On, I’m a Survivor

Rivers Rutherford
If You Ever Stop Loving Me, When I Get Where I’m Going, Real Good Man

Tom Shapiro
No Place that Far, I Miss My Friend

Dan Tyminski
I am a Man of Constant Sorrow

Lance Miller
Drink to that All Night, Beautiful Every Time

Johnny Bulford
A Woman Like You

Will Pugh of Cartel
Say Anything, Honestly, Settle Down

Jon Mabe
The Climb

Chris Roberts
My Kind of Beautiful

Jacob Davis
Done Runnin’

Brooke Eden
American Dreamin’

About the NMPA SONGS Foundation: Launched in 2015, the NMPA SONGS Foundation promotes the creation of music by supporting gifted songwriters and programs that foster composition education. The Foundation’s goal is to provide financial assistance and support of educational programs to assist talented writers to ensure they can continue their creativity. It is a 501(c)3 corporation. For more information, or to donate, please visit http://nmpabackup.wpengine.com/atwork/nmpa-songs-foundation.