The National Music Publishers’ Assn. board of directors has signed president and CEO David Israelite to a five-year contract extension to continue to lead the organization.
Since joining the NMPA in 2005, Israelite has emerged as one of the most effective executives in representing the music industry to Washington lawmakers. In overseeing all aspects of the NMPA’s operations, Israelite is responsible for the trade group’s legal strategy towards government affairs and advocacy.
As such, Israelite has been effective in making the case for ensuring songwriters and publishers achieve higher rates when their music is used, as well as protecting them against piracy. The NMPA’s legal efforts have “amassed over $600 million for songwriters and music publishers,” according to the announcement. Currently, the NMPA is involved in negotiations with other stakeholders to help shape legislation aimed at establishing a blanket mechanical license in the U.S.