New York University's Steinhardt Music Business Program will be honoring publishing icon Irwin Robinson with its first visionary award. The award is bestowed upon a noted business figure for his or her lasting and positive impact on the music industry through innovative, effective and creative business leadership.

Robinson, chairman of Paramount Pictures Music Publishing Group as well as the National Music Publishers' Assn., has been involved with the careers and catalogs of hundreds of successful songwriters and composers. They include Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Sammy Cahn, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Bono, Lou Reed, Linda Perry, Eminem and Akon.

Robinson is also a tireless advocate for creators of music. He has testified before Congress and in royalty rate proceedings. He formerly served as chairman/CEO of Famous Music Publishing; president/CEO of EMI Music Publishing Worldwide; and president of Chappell/Intersong. His first music industry employer was Screen Gems-Columbia Music/Screen Gems-EMI Music in 1964, where he first served as general counsel and then VP/GM.

The award ceremony will be held on April 2 at NYU's Frederick Loewe Theater in New York City.