To be presented June 19 in New York City.

Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will be receiving the 2006 NMPA President’s Award. Jimmy Webb will receive the NMPA Influential Songwriter Award.

Smith, a long-time champion of music publishers and songwriters, is chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. He has initiated hearings addressing copyright protection and music licensing in the digital age.

Webb's hits include “Where Love Resides,” “Didn’t We,” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.”

The awards will be presented June 19 at the NMPA's annual meeting in New York City. During the meeting, speakers will address NMPA’s efforts to ensure copyright protection for music publishers and songwriters in the era of satellite radio and digital media. The speakers include NMPA CEO/president David Israelite, NMPA chairman and Famous Music Publishing CEO Irwin Robinson and Harry Fox Agency president/CEO Gary Churgin. Webb will perform some of his classic songs.

“This is an exciting time for NMPA as we push for ways to make sure that our music publishers and their songwriting partners get the fair compensation they deserve,” says Israelite. “This year’s meeting is a chance for every music publisher to become informed about issues that could affect their bottom line.”

The meeting will begin at 3:45 p.m. on June 19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.