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Songwriters Hall of Fame to Honor Martin Bandier With Visionary Leadership Award: Exclusive

Martin Bandier
Matt Furman

Martin Bandier

When the Songwriters Hall of Fame holds its 50th annual Induction and Awards Dinner this summer, it will bestow a unique honor on one of its members.  

Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Martin Bandier will enter an elite group when the SHOF honors him with the Visionary Leadership Award, an award they've only bestowed upon three other people (Hal David, Del Bryant and John A. Lofrumento).

"The SHOF has long benefitted from Marty’s advice, guidance, wisdom and constant support," said SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran. "Always the consummate professional and avid songwriters’ champion, he has consistently encouraged us to raise the bar toward achieving our early goals and fulfilling our ongoing mission. It goes without saying that Marty has played a considerable role in the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s becoming one of the music industry’s most prestigious organizations. We are very pleased to acknowledge his contributions with the Visionary Leadership Award."

Dallas Austin, Missy Elliott, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf/Cat Stevens are being inducted into the SHOF at the June 13 event at NYC's Marriott Marquis Hotel.

A legend in music publishing, Bandier oversees some of the most popular music catalogs in history, from the Beatles to Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Queen. Sony/ATV sits comfortably as the biggest music publisher in the biz, though when Bandier took over in 2007, it was the fourth largest. Prior to that, Bandier ran EMI Music Publishing for 17 years (EMI Music Publishing became a wholly owned Sony company in Nov. 2018). In a memo to his staff last fall, Bandier announced his decision to leave the company in March 2019.