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.
“David has led the NMPA into a new era of recognition of the value of songwriters and music publishers,” NMPA board chairman Irwin Robinson said in a statement.. “He has brought songwriter struggles to the forefront of the debate and he is leading the charge for creators to be treated fairly by working to modernize laws and policies that govern the music industry.”
Before joining the NMPA, Israelite held positions with the U.S. government, including at the Dept. of Justice where he was chairman of its task force on intellectual property, and had served as chief of staff for for former Missouri Senator Kit Bond. Israelite, who earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College, lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.
“Serving music publishers and songwriters as NMPA’s president and CEO has been the greatest honor of my career,” Israelite said in a statement. “Working with the NMPA Board is a privilege and I am grateful that they have asked me to continue leading the fight on behalf of all songwriters and music publishers.”