SESAC Affiliates Honored at the First Annual NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Event
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) recognized songwriters and publishers for their achievements at the Oct. 19 Gold & Platinum Program. SESAC affiliates Jaron Boyer, Rob Hatch and Michael Tyler were among the creators recognized for their songs that have earned either Gold or Platinum certifications. Hatch was recognized for his multi-platinum single “I Don’t Dance” recorded by Lee Brice. Both Boyer and Tyler were recognized for their co-write of “Somewhere On A Beach” performed by Dierks Bentley.
“About 10 years ago I came up with the idea that there should be a parallel program to the RIAA’s Gold and Platinum program, that would honor the contributions of songwriters on Gold and Platinum records,” NMPA CEO David Israelite tells MusicRow. “For the last 10 years, whenever the RIAA designates a single as a Gold or Platinum song, we follow that three weeks later with a certification that the songwriters on that song get their own distinctive award. The program has picked up steam, so this year for the first time we decided to host a gala to honor songwriters who have reached Gold or Platinum in the past year.”
“For those writers that reach multi-Platinum status, we will actually present them with a Gold and Platinum plaque and all other writers will be recognized as well,” Israelite said. “For writers who are not artists, this is the only recognition they get for their contribution on a Gold or Platinum song, and for the artists that are also the writers, this recognizes them for their contribution not just as an artist, but as a songwriter, which for many artists, is the most important part of their creative process.”
Congratulations to all the songwriters and publishers honored at the NMPA Gold & Platinum event.
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