Irwin Z. Robinson, Chairman of Paramount Pictures Music Publishing Group and Chairman of the Board of the National Music Publishers Association and the Harry Fox Agency, will receive the first New York University Steinhardt Music Business Program Visionary Award. This award honors a business figure of note for their lasting and positive impact on the music industry through innovative, effective, and creative business leadership. The award will be presented on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street.
Robinson has been involved with the careers and/or the catalogues of hundreds of well-known songwriters and composers including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, David Gates, Mac Davis, Carole Bayer Sager, Todd Rundgren, Mark James, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Burton Lane, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Bee Gees, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, Hall & Oates, Alan J. Lerner, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Bono, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Linda Perry, Buckcherry, Bjork, Bush, Boyz II Men, Phil Galdston, Aimee Mann, Shakira, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Akon, and Hal David.
Robinson is a tireless advocate for all creators of music and in January of this year testified before the Copyright Royalty Board in support of the rights of songwriters, composers, and music publishers for an increase in the mechanical royalty rates in connection with the sale of physical and digitally delivered recordings. Mr. Robinson has also given testimony at Congressional hearings in connection w
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