Peermusic chair and CEO Ralph Peer II was presented with France’s top cultural honor on Tuesday as he was named “Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (“Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters”) during a gala dinner held by the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) at Midem in Cannes, France.
The award was presented by French Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen in recognition of Peer II’s outstanding contributions to the arts in France and around the world.
“Ralph Peer II is a world-recognised expert in copyright issues and a champion of international composers’ rights. His commitment to the international music community and management of the world’s largest privately-owned music publisher, Peermusic, is inspirational and it is a pleasure to recognize his achievements with this important French cultural award,” said Reed MIDEM chief executive Paul Zilk in a statement.
“I’m honoured to receive this award from a country that shares my and Peermusic’s commitment to protecting composers’ rights and defending important international copyright rules. I want to share this honour with all those who have worked at Peermusic over the past 91 years and to reaffirm that our commitment to music and those who create music is as strong as ever,” added Peer II.
Aside from running the world’s largest privately-held music publisher, Peer II is also VP and director of the National Music Publishers’ Association, former president of the Country Music Association and board member of the International Confederation of Music Publishers.