During the National Music Publishers’ Association’s (NMPA) annual meeting on June 9th, recording artist Taylor Swift will be honored with the Songwriter Icon Award.
During her rather brief career Swift has amassed an impressive list of achievements , including 11 Grammy Awards, making her one of only four artists in history to win three Grammy Album of the Year trophies, and the first female to do so. In the aftermath of her battle with her former label Big Machine over control of her copyrights, the singer/songwriter also earned 76 NMPA Songwriting Gold and Platinum Awards, earning her a reputation as a fierce advocate on behalf of music creators.
“Taylor Swift has had an incredibly successful year. She gave the world incredible songwriting at a time when it was desperately needed, and she continues to rewrite the rulebook in her career. She has always identified as a songwriter first, inspiring and elevating countless other artists in the process. Her advocacy has benefited the entire creative community, and she has done so at great personal cost and risk. There is no one more deserving of our Icon award than her, not just for her but for our entire industry,” said NMPA President & CEO David Israelite who along with Bill Simmons will deliver a keynote Q&A at the Annual Meeting on June 9th, covering the evolution of podcasting.
Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association (CMA), will receive the NMPA Industry Legacy Award this year for her leadership and advocacy for country music. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will receive this year’s NMPA President’s Award for his work to protect songwriters and music publishers, among other speakers at the Annual Meeting. Nadler will be honored for his role in shepherding the Music Modernization Act through the House of Representatives, as well as his support for music in his home district. Special tributes from Luke Bryan and Sara Bareilles, as well as up-and-coming talent Priscilla Block, will be included in the 2021 program. A Meet the (Music) Press roundtable and spotlights on industry luminaries and milestones are among the other segments. The annual State of the Industry address will look at new data from the publishing industry over the previous year and provide a roadmap for the future.
“This is our most exciting Annual Meeting yet, and we are pleased that, despite our inability to attend in person this year, the virtual program will make the show more accessible. We hope to ‘see’ you at the event.”