-- Bug Music Publishing has signed a new publishing deal with Paul Westerberg, solo artist, songwriter and front man of the seminal alt-rock group the Replacements. Under the terms of the deal, Bug Music and Westerberg have entered into a publishing agreement encompassing Westerberg's recordings with the Replacements, solo works and future recordings.

"Paul is a major link in a respected chain of modern songwriters and his songwriting continues to resonate and influence a whole new generation of listeners," Bug Music senior VP of creative services Eddie Gomez said in a statement.

-- Arlo Guthrie was presented with the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award for music in the service of vital causes dedicated to a better world. The accolade was presented during the Foundation's 14th Annual Awards Ceremony, held Dec. 9, 2009 at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

-- Billboard.biz hears that the National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite has had his contract re-upped by the group's board of directors. Israelite, who joined in 2005, has just led the organization through a crucial year in which NMPA hammered out a $268 million settlement with the RIAA and the four majors for pending and unmatched royalties.

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