The contract of National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite has been extended through 2014 by the group's board of directors.

NMPA board of directors chairman Irwin Robinson said Isrealite has been "exceptional in steering the publishing and songwriting industry through critical legal, business and regulatory challenges alike. In the process, music publishers and songwriters are seeing the benefits of his leadership
in their bottom lines, whether through settlement fees or royalty rate increases. Further, he has been an effective public champion for the music
industry, its cultural significance and its intellectual property rights."

His tenure to date has produced, among other accomplishments, landmark legal successes on behalf of publishers, including a settlement in 2007 with Bertlesmann due to its relationship with Napster; successful regulatory outcomes while representing the songwriting and publishing position in the Copyright Royalty Board’s royalty rate setting deliberations throughout 2008; a settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America regarding late fee payments to publishers and songwriters.

Prior to his role at the NMPA, Israelite served as the deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Attorney General of the United States for four years and he also chaired the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property.