NYC mayor proclaims Songwriter Week
First citywide celebration of New York’s songwriters will become an annual event, and NMPA credits Yoko Ono as ‘Imagine’ co-writer
Yesterday afternoon, at the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) centennial annual meeting in Manhattan, New York City Commissioner of Media & Entertainment, Julie Menin, announced a mayoral proclamation designating New York Songwriter Week – a recurring event that will take place each June during New York Music Month.
The newly announced New York Songwriter Week formalises what has grown into one of the most important weeks for songwriters, music publishers, and related businesses in the US. This years’ NYC Songwriter Week will have over 2000 attendees at these and other events celebrating both emerging and legendary songwriters, as well as the music publishers who support them.
“The songs we all love to sing and dance to start with the creative act of writing it down,” said Menin. “I am so pleased to name this week New York Songwriter Week as part of the first annual New York Music Month. I look forward to honouring these talented artists for years to come”
NMPA President David Israelite added, “All music starts with songwriters, and they deserve special recognition of their contributions. This designation will shine a spotlight on them and highlight the many events and opportunities for music creators during this specific week in June.”
The NMPA celebrated its 100th anniversary at The Cipriani 42nd Street, honouring Pharrell as Centennial Songwriter Icon, along with songwriter and ASCAP President Paul Williams, and Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier. Imagine was declared the NMPA Centennial Song and credit was given to Yoko Ono for co-writing the song with John Lennon.
Additionally, tonight’s Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct hometown hero Jay-Z, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Berry Gordy, Chicago’s Robert Lamm and James Pankow, and Max Martin, with special honourees Pitbull and Ed Sheeran.
For more information, go to nmpa.org