Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More
Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More

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Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock)

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Give the Gift of Music "Countdown to CMAs" contest winner Jennifer Dotson, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock)

People from throughout the music industry descended on Nashville for the CMA Awards last week. After the nationally televised event -- ratings were up slightly from 2010 among adults 18-49 -- some people headed for a post-party at Valentino's Ristorante hosted by the RIAA and NMPA.

In attendance were Cary Sherman (Chairman and CEO, RIAA), David Israelite (President and CEO, NMPA), Daryl Friedman (VP Advocacy & Government Relations at The Recording Academy), Rod Riley (CEO, Word Entertainment), Pat Collins (CEO, SESAC) and Paul Fassbender (Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's office). Also at the party was Jennifer Dotson, the winner of the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign's autumn essay contest. Dotson, a speech-language pathologist from Goodlettsville, TN, won two tickets to the awards show and $1,000 for an essay about how Lady Antebellum's music helped one of her students learn and express herself.

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"The energy in Nashville is infectious and amazing," Sherman said earlier in the day at the Hutton Hotel, where singer Leann Rimes and Universal Music Group chief Doug Morris were among the industry notables seen before the event. "You can really see why so many musicians call this home."

Speaking with Billboard.biz before the event, Sherman talked about his busy first two months as chairman and CEO of the RIAA. He noted the broad support that exists for the recently introduced PROTECT IP and Stop Online Piracy acts. He is pleased that so many new digital services are coming to market these days and have been able to receive funding. And Sherman emphasized the themes in his rebuttal to a harsh critique at CNET of anti-piracy efforts supported by the RIAA and the MPAA. His message to both CNET readers and the music industry: "Copyright bills won't kill the Internet."

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RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman, songwriter Paul Pelt, Natalia Parker, National Music Publishers Association President David Israelite. (Photo: Susan Adcock)

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Former President & CEO of the Gospel Music Association & Christian Music Trade Association John Styll, Lori Badgett, RIAA Senior Executive Vice President Mitch Glazier, Diane Pearson. (Photo: Susan Adcock)

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Former President & CEO of the Gospel Music Association & Christian Music Trade Association John Styll, Linda Raymer, Church Music Publishers Association CEO Elwyn Raymer, Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard. (Photo: Susan Adcock)