Paul Williams Presented with NMPA Industry Legacy Award

June 15, 2017

ASCAP President Paul Williams holds his NMPA Industry Legacy Award, which was presented to him by ASCAP Board member and NMPA chairman Irwin Z. Robinson

At the National Music Publisher’s Association Centennial Annual Meeting held at Cipriani in New York City on June 14th, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams was presented with the NMPA Industry Legacy Award. ASCAP publisher Board member and NMPA chairman Irwin Z. Robinson presented the honor to Williams, after Nashville-based singer-songwriter Logan Brill performed Williams’s “Rainbow Connection” and an original song to kick off the event.

Upon honoring Williams, NMPA President David Israelite commented: "There has never been someone who has achieved so much success as a creator and then turned that success into such powerful advocacy for an entire community....Paul, you are a giant of a man." 

Among the other honorees at the event were Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman/CEO and ASCAP Board member Martin Bandier, who received the NMPA Lifetime Service Award from ASCAP member and Motown legend Smokey Robinson; Pharrell Williams, who received the organization’s Centennial Songwriter Icon Award and the John Lennon’s“Imagine,” which was named an Icon Song, before the award was presented to the song’s newly credited co-writer Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon. ASCAP singer-songwriter legend Patti Smith performed the song accompanied by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith.

Another speaker at the event was Amazon VP of Music Steve Boom, who gave a presentation on how its Echo device and Alexa AI will continue to change the experience of listening to music, and said that the company was working on ways to give songwriters credit.