Lady Antebellum to Headline NMPA Spring Songwriter Showcase

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Music Publishers’ Association today announced that the NMPA Gold and Platinum award-winning Lady Antebellum will headline its Spring Songwriter Showcase on March 24. The trio will also be honored with NMPA’s Icon Award as CMA, ACM and GRAMMY-winning artists and songwriters for their contributions to the craft of songwriting and advocacy for those in their industry. The event will also recognize the Congressional sponsors of the Songwriter Equity Act, a bill to achieve fairer royalty rates for songwriters.

“It doesn’t get any bigger or any better than Lady Antebellum when it comes to songwriting, singing and caring about the future of creators,” said David Israelite, President and CEO of NMPA. “Hillary, Charles and Dave are all songwriters in their own right, and what’s more, they have not forgotten where they came from and what it took to get where they are. They continue to stand up for creators who struggle to make a living under the streaming regime, and we are thrilled to honor them with our Songwriter Icon Award.”

NMPA’s Spring Songwriter Showcase will take place at 101 Constitution’s rooftop terrace where Brooklyn-based songwriter Grace Weber will open for Lady Antebellum. After a performance, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood will be presented with NMPA Songwriter Icon Awards and NMPA Gold & Platinum Awards for writing their certified hits including “Bartender,” “Need You Now,” and “I Run to You.” Past recipients of the Icon Award include Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Tyler.

Lady Antebellum recently released their fifth studio album, 747, which follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. one on the country radio charts and six Platinum singles. This summer, the group kicks off their WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR presented by Quicken Loans on May 1 in Lubbock TX. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

**Photos from event available upon request**

About the NMPA: Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.