Lin-Manuel Miranda honored with National Music Publishers’ Association Songwriter Icon Award

The National Music Publishers’ Association held its annual meeting yesterday at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The event honored industry leaders, iconic songs and songwriters, and examined new data.

The program opened with GRAMMY Album of the Year winner Jon Batiste delivering a stunning tribute to 2022 NMPA songwriter icon Lin-Manuel Miranda.

NMPA President and CEO David Israelite delivered his State of the Industry Address which detailed industry trends including that the industry’s total revenue for 2021 stood at $4,701,083,842.39, an increase of 15.31% over the previous year. He also announced the new NMPA Streaming report card which will be produced based on new industry data to analyze streaming service revenue. He also unveiled the new NMPA App Initiative which will ensure apps that use music pay music publishers and songwriters properly. That includes filing a lawsuit against Vinkle on Wednesday. Additionally, Israelite announced the launch of the NOTES program – the National Organization for the Empowerment of Songwriters. NOTES will educate and empower creators to come together to effect change.

The keynote conversation with Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge looked at his early days as a publisher as well as key insights into where the industry is headed. A panel focused on women in the industry included GRAMMY-winning songwriter Autumn Rowe, UMPG President and CEO Jody Gerson, Warner Chappell Music Co-President and COO Carianne Marshall, Reservoir Founder & President Golnar Khosrowshahi and was moderated by NMPA EVP & GC Danielle Aguirre. The panel concluded with Aguirre announcing that the NMPA Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters (SONGS) Foundation is committing $100,000 to She Is The Music to develop a She Is The Songwriter camp.

There were incredible performances throughout the event. The NMPA Iconic Song award went to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and Chris Mann performed a moving version of the piece. Madilyn Bailey performed her hit Wiser as well as her viral version of Sia’s Titanium. GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Ryan Shaw performed a mind-blowing mix of hits from Lin-Manuel’s catalog.

Kennedy Center Honor, Grammy, Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Emmy Award-winning songwriter, actor, director, and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted his 2022 NMPA Songwriter Icon Award recognizing his unprecedented honor, saying, “I I have been informed that I am the first author of musical theater to obtain this award, which is extraordinary.” He went on to thank all of the writers he collaborated with and outline his process. “You sit at the piano or take a walk in the park and sing to yourself. When it feels right, you write it down bit by bit, draft by draft. You head into the song.”

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 mandate of the NMPA is to protect and promote the interests of music publishers and songwriters in domestic and worldwide music copyright protection. Learn more at nmpa.org.

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