NMPA to Honor STING with Songwriter Icon Award at June 8 Annual Meeting in NYC

May 5, 2016

Irving Azoff to keynote with discussion on the evolution of music publishing and songwriting

Washington, D.C. – The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) today announced that on June 8 it will honor singer-songwriter, musician and philanthropist Sting with its Songwriter Icon Award in Manhattan. Additionally, NMPA President & CEO David Israelite will host a keynote discussion with legendary manager, executive and visionary Irving Azoff.

The NMPA President’s Award will be given to Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for his contributions to helping creators survive in the Digital Age. Additionally, esteemed attorney and music publisher John Eastman will be given the Lifetime Service Award and Pat Collins, Vice Chairman of SESAC, will receive the Industry Legacy Award.

“I am incredibly excited to honor Sting at this year’s Annual Meeting,” said NMPA President & CEO David Israelite. “He is a household name not only for leading The Police and his work as a solo artist, but also through his unsurpassed songwriting. Additionally, I am thrilled to hear from Irving Azoff who has made an indelible mark on music, and to celebrate John and Pat, both of whom have provided leadership that continues to guide our industry.” Israelite added, “As Congress continues to play a huge role in songwriters’ future, I look forward to honoring Congressman Jeffries who has been a leader in advancing the Songwriter Equity Act.”

Each year, the NMPA holds its Annual Meeting at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square the night prior to the Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner. This June, singer-songwriter Devin Dawson will kick off the event followed by the San Antonio-bred band, The Last Bandoleros plus a special performance by Sting. David Israelite will deliver his yearly State of the Industry Address which will include new publishing industry data and a forecast for what’s to come.

Interested members of the media must register to attend. Photos will be provided upon request.

About the NMPA: Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all 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. Learn more at www.nmpa.org.