Longtime National Music Publishers' Assn. counsel/senior VP Charles Sanders has been named executive VP/director of Artists Against Hunger and Poverty (A2HP), the performing artist and songwriter init

Longtime National Music Publishers' Assn. counsel/senior VP Charles Sanders has been named executive VP/director of Artists Against Hunger and Poverty (A2HP), the performing artist and songwriter initiative operated by music industry group World Hunger Year. The late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin co-founded WHY with radio talk-show host Bill Ayres, its current executive director.

NMPA had no comment on a possible replacement for Sanders.

"Being able to use my contacts and experience in the music industry to help take A2HP to the next level is an opportunity I have looked forward to since the day I first met Harry and Bill in the 1970s," says Sanders, who organized WHY's star-studded 1987 Carnegie Hall tribute to Chapin.

"Traditionally, the music industry has been led by the record companies in terms of involvement in charitable projects, but the songwriting and music publishing community is equally aware of the problems that need be addressed -- and in some ways is even better equipped to donate time, energy and money to making the world a better place," Sanders says.

The program is supported by ASCAP and recording acts that include Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Carlos Santana.

Prior to joining NMPA and its licensing arm, the Harry Fox Agency Inc., in 1986, Sanders served as associate counsel at G. Schirmer Music Publishers Inc. He is a former Derenberg-Brown Copyright Fellow at New York University School of Law.

Sanders also has numerous album credits as a saxophone player, is a platinum award-winning producer and liner-note author, has been a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences since 1988, and is a published historian. His most recent book, "The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War," will be published this month by University Press of Colorado.