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March 26, 2008

Time: 11:30am-1:45pm

NMPA - Capitol Hill Update with David Israelite

David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), visits from Washington D.C. to give us the latest news on their efforts in Washington.  We will get an update on the Copyright Royalty Board rate hearing - the most important rate hearing in the history of the music industry.  The NMPA is fighting for writers and publishers on rates for physical products as well as rates for the first time ever for digital products such as digital downloads, subscription services and ringtones.

David Israelite and Cathy Merenda
David Israelite, President and CEO NMPA and Cathy Merenda, Fox Music (AIMP President)

David Israelite, NMPA
photos by Janet Landrum


David Israelite
President/CEO, NMPA


Cathy Merenda
VP, Music Publishing, Fox Music,

AIMP Panel

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Additional Speaker Information

David Mark Israelite is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Music Publishers Association. Founded in 1917, The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) is the premiere trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriter partners. The NMPA's mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and their songwriter partners in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights. Music publishers control the copyrights for the underlying compositions of songs on behalf of the songwriters they represent. The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., the leading U.S. mechanical rights organization, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the NMPA.

From 2001 through early 2005 Israelite served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States. In this capacity he helped manage the United States Department of Justices 112,000 employees and $22 billion annual budget. In addition to his general management responsibilities, Israelite served as the Attorney General's personal advisor on all legal, strategic and public affairs issues. In March of 2004, the Attorney General appointed Israelite Chairman of the Department's Task Force on Intellectual Property. As Chairman Israelite lead a team of high-ranking officials in examining all aspects of how the Department of Justice handled intellectual property issues and implemented proposals developed by the Task Force.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Israelite served as the Director of Political and Governmental Affairs for the Republican National Committee. In that role he was the senior advisor to the Chairman of the National Republican Party, and was responsible for the Republican Party's Campaign Operations, Government Affairs, Research, and Presidential Liaison Divisions. From 1997 through 1998, Israelite served as Missouri Senator Kit Bond's Administrative Assistant, making him the youngest AA in the United States Senate. Israelite also served as Campaign Manager for Senator Bond's successful 1998 re-election campaign.

From 1994 through 1997, Israelite practiced law in the Commercial Litigation Department at the firm of Bryan Cave, LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. Israelite earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri in 1994 and received a B.A. in a double major of Political Science and Communications from William Jewell College in 1990. While in college, Israelite was named Top Speaker by the National Cross Examination Debate Association, recognizing him as the nation's top collegiate debater.

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