September 01, 2006



Awarding Webb
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) held its annual meeting on Monday, June 19, 2006, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas was honored with the 2006 NMPA President’s Award for his contribution to the music publishing industry. Songwriter Jimmy Webb was honored with the 2006 Influential Songwriter Award. ASCAP Board member Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. He is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His hits include “Where Love Resides,”
“Didn’t We,” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.”

Pictured (l-r) are President & CEO of NMPA David Israelite, Webb’s wife Laura Savini, 2006 Influential Songwriter Award recipient Jimmy Webb and ASCAP Board member, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NMPA and Chairman & CEO, The Famous Music Publishing Companies, Irwin Z. Robinson.



Gread Reid
Rufus Reid, one of the premiere bassists on the international jazz scene and a renowned educator, continues to be recognized as a great composer. Reid is the 2006 winner of the Sackler Prize in Music and this year he also received an ASCAP/IAJE Commission in the Established Composer category to write a new piece that will be premiered in January at the IAJE Conference to be held in New York City.

KARIM AL-ZAND as the 2006 winner of the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition. Al-Zand is an assistant professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music

ERIC BARNUM, STEVE HEITZEG, JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT and VICTOR ZUPANC with the 2005 Bush Artist Fellowship Awards.

JOHN CLAYTON as Artistic Director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival by the University of Idaho.

JACK EVANS and his band Reverend Zen as finalists in VH1's Song of the Year Contest for their song "Dangerous Times". The song is off their debut album, Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon.

WADE FERNANDEZ for receiving the "Best Male Artist of the Year" award at the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). The ceremony featured live performances and was nationally broadcast on PBS and cable TV.

DAN KNIGHT for receiving a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his "Walt Whitman Suite." Knight was nominated by Richard Rives Bird of Rives Audio, Inc. in a ceremony in Iowa Public Television's Maytag Auditorium in Johnston, Iowa last February.

PHILIP LASSER with the recipient of the 2006 Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. This award in collaboration with C.F. Peters Corporation is for the publication of a musical work by an American composer.

MARY LEMANSKI for receiving an Honorable Mention for her song "A Better Place" in VH1's Song of the Year Contest in the Hip-Hop/R&B Category.

FAITH RIVERA'S "Colors of Praise" as Most Uniting Song at the 2006 New Thought Songwriters Tribute held in Scottsdale, AZ on July 26th.

JOCELYN SCOFIELD as one of fourteen composers selected for the "Power of the American Song" workshop funded by the Johnny Mercer Foundation/American Theater Project last August. The workshop culminated in two concerts, one in which workshop participants performed original compositions written during the program, and the second in which guest artists, including ASCAP members ALAN BERGMAN and DAVID ZIPPEL, performed.

SUZANNE TENG with the 2006 International Music Award (Instrumental Division) for her composition "Chicoy."

JULIUS P. WILLIAMS as Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Directors in recognition of his significant artistic achievements, including the performance of his Cantata in Keene, NH in 2005. Williams, a conductor and composer, is a professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music.