The NMPA serves as a voice and advocate on behalf of music publishers and their songwriting partners in the halls of Congress, the courtroom, federal agencies and the press.

Growing Value of Music Publishing Industry:

As the music marketplace rapidly evolves, NMPA is aggressively fighting to change outdated laws and government regulation.  The U.S. Music Publishing industry is currently valued at $2.2 billion (based on 2013 revenue data).  However, NMPA also estimated that roughly $2.3 billion is lost every year due to outdated copyright law and government regulations.  A breakdown of percentage of revenue tied to performance, mechanical and sync is available here.

Copyright Protection:

Whether advocating to the government for better enforcement of intellectual property rights at home and abroad, or challenging business models built on infringement in the courtroom, the NMPA is the leading voice on all fronts.

Congressional Testimony: The Impact of Copyright Law on Music Publishers and Songwriters
Article: Billboard | NMPA Announces Deal with RapGenius
Article: MusicRow | NMPA, Sony Music Reach Video Licensing Deal
Article: Variety | Fullscreen to Purge Unlicensed Music Videos from YouTube Under Legal Settlement

Licensing and Royalties:

The digital future holds great promise and NMPA is aggressively working to ensure that songwriters and music publishers receive a fair market rate for their work.  This goes beyond matters affecting licensing and royalties to ensure new business models and associated copyrights respect the contributions of songwriters and their music publishing partners.

Dept. of Justice Comment Letter:  Consent Decrees Must Be Update
Copyright Office Comment Letter: Outdated Licensing Hurts Music Publishers and Songwriters
Dept. of Commerce Comment Letter: Copyright is Not Just About Authorship, but about Authors and Owners

NMPA Gold & Platinum Program

To highlight the talented songwriters behind today’s biggest hits, NMPA’s Gold and Platinum Program certifies songwriters of RIAA certified singles and presents Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum plaques across the U.S.


The NMPAC is the bipartisan political action committee (PAC) of the NMPA. It provides NMPA members a unified voice to support federal candidates. Find out more and contribute today.


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