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NMPA Sets Annual Meeting Honorees: Ryan Tedder to Receive Songwriter Icon Award

NMPA will also give Senator Chris Coons (D, De.) with its President's Award. The Congressman has long advocated for songwriters and was instrumental in passing the Music Modernization Act. Music…

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has announced its honorees for next month’s annual meeting in New York City, with its Songwriter Icon Award going to Grammy Award-winning and 28-time gold and platinum-certified songwriter, producer, and artist Ryan Tedder

NMPA will also give Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) with its President’s Award. The senator has long advocated for songwriters and was instrumental in passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Music publisher and songwriter Barbara Cane will receive the Industry Legacy Award and BMI vp of worldwide creative Dean Kay will be honored with the Lifetime Service Award. As usual, the meeting will feature president and CEO David Israelite‘s annual State of the Industry Address, along with tributes and additional presentations. 

“On the heels of the historic Music Modernization Act becoming law, we couldn’t be more proud to present one of its greatest advocates, Ryan Tedder, with our Songwriter Icon Award,” said Isrealite in a statement. “Ryan worked in lock step with us as a major motivator of songwriters, artists, managers and more to rally support for the bill and ultimately get it passed unanimously.


“Beyond this, he continues to be one of the most relevant and versatile songwriters in the industry. Writing hits for everyone from Adele to Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, he is as active as a generator of today’s biggest hits as he is as the front man of OneRepublic. Billboard once named Ryan the ‘Undercover King of Pop’ and we look forward to honoring him front and center.

“Additionally, as our industry continues to rapidly evolve, we are privileged to hear from one of the people leading the evolution — Hannah Karp — who has ushered in a new era at Billboard as its editorial director. We also look forward to honoring Senator Coons for his work in support of songwriters, and Dean Kay, who continues to illuminate our industry with The Dean’s List and enrich our lives with his work and musical legacy. Barbara Cane is one of the most beloved figures in music and we are excited to celebrate her contributions.”

Every year, the NMPA’s annual meeting is held the night before the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in Manhattan. This year’s event will be held at the Edison Ballroom.