NMPA to Honor STING with Songwriter Icon Award

May 06, 2016

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.


May 3, 2016

Sting made a couple of surprise guest appearances in New York at the start of the month, firstly appearing with The Last Bandoleros during their show at Rockwood Music Hall where he joined the band on their single “Where Do You Go” and followed it up with a run through The Police’s “Next To You.” The following night he joined Pearl Jam on stage at Madison Square Garden to help out on vocals during the band's cover of "Driven To Tears" after which singer Eddie Vedder said “That’s incredible. That’s our all-time favorite singer, favorite bass player, favorite writer, favorite activist, favorite humanist. That was a real honor.”

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