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[caption id="attachment_210427" align="alignnone" width="400"] L-R: SESAC's Shannan Hatch, Chairman and CEO John Josephson, Songwriter of the Year Matt McGinn, President and COO Kelli Turner[/caption]
SESAC Celebrates Songwriters and Publishers at 2018 Nashville Music Awards Matt McGinn Named Songwriter of the Year"Heaven" Named Song of the Year SMACKWORKS MUSIC Named Publisher of the Year
SESAC Inc., celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year's most-performed country and Americana songs at the company's annual Nashville Music Awards, tonight, Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Matt McGinn, who has topped the charts with "Heaven," performed by Kane Brown, was named SESAC's Songwriter of the Year. The multi-week, No. 1 multi-Platinum-selling "Heaven," published by SMACKWORKS MUSIC and Kobalt Group Publishing, was named SESAC Song of the Year. Winning its first-ever Publisher of the Year accolade was SMACKWORKS MUSIC during the event. McGinn's co-writer and Lindsay Rimes, along with friends Aaron Eshuis and Joey Hyde, performed the No. 1 song "Heaven" in his honor. RCA Nashville recording artist Ryan Hurd was also on hand to present McGinn with his Songwriter of the Year Award. In addition to celebrating songwriters and publishers, the Veteran's Day event recognized America's bravest men and women of the armed forces during the awards show. SESAC honored the Folds of Honor Foundation and its mission for providing educational scholarships to families of the fallen and disabled service members, and recognized Lee Brice, a SESAC affiliate, with an award for his involvement in the establishment of the Folds of Honor Nashville Chapter. The awards ceremony kicked off with Jamey Johnson and John Carter Cash performing "Spirit Rider" from the recent project Johnny Cash: Forever Words, which assembled an A-list of talent and garnered chart accolades from around the world. Lee Brice also performed a moving tribute of his 2013 CMA Song of the Year "I Drive Your Truck" in honor of Veteran's Day. Culminating the evening, SESAC affiliates DJ KO, Runaway June, Tyler Rich, Seaforth and Michael Tyler provided musical entertainment with their latest hits. The festive event, hosted by Shannan Hatch, SESAC's Vice President of Creative Services, honored top songwriters and publishers behind the year's biggest hits in the genres of country and Americana. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the awards celebration, sponsored in part by W.H. Grant & Sons and Sound Royalties. Click below for photos and other content (for media only): https://www.image.net/SESACNashvilleAwards2018 Country Awards: "YOURS" Written by: Casey Brown published by: Not Just Another Song Publishing, So Essential Tunes recorded by: Russell Dickerson "HEART BREAK" written by: Hillary Scott published by W.B.M. Music Corp, EKT Publishing recorded by: Lady Antebellum "HEAVEN" written by: Matt McGinn published SMACKWORKS MUSIC, Kobalt Group Publishing recorded by: Kane Brown "SINGLES YOU UP" written by: Justin Ebach published by: Wordspring Music, WBM Music, Memory Days recorded by: Jordan Davis "LOSING SLEEP" written by: Josh Hoge published by: EMI Foray Music, Write to Be Free recorded by: Chris Young "SHE'S WITH ME" written by: Seth Mosley published by: CentricSongs, Capitol CMG Amplifier recorded by: High Valley "ONE NUMBER AWAY" written by: Sammy Mitchell published by Concord Music, Self Shrevident Music recorded by: Luke Combs Americana Awards: ALL AMERICAN MADE contributions by: Margo Price, Jeremy Ivey published by: BMG, Peach Pit, Fisheye recorded by: Margo Price FROM A ROOM VOL. 2 contributions by: Kevin Welch, Brice Long, Jaron Boyer published by: Send ME the Checks Music, Spur 66 Music, Universal Tunes, EMI Foray Music, BMG recorded by: Chris Stapleton JOHNNY CASH: FOREVER WORDS contributions by: Jamey Johnson, Rosanne Cash, Robert Glasper published by: Polishit, Chelcait Music, Notable Music, Words of Cash Music, BMG, Big Deal Music recorded by: Various Artists ACCOMPLICE ONE contributions by: Anthony Snape published by: Anthony Snape Music Publishing recorded by: Tommy Emmanuel THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE contributions by: Andrew Combs published by: Concord Music, Chunk of Coal Publishing recorded by: Lee Ann Womack TIME FLIES contributions by: Jim Lauderdale published by: BMG Cicada, Jim Lauderdale Music Performed by: Jim Lauderdale FREE YOURSELF UP contributions by: Rachael Price, Michael Olson published by: W.B.M. Music, 17 Lake Street Music recorded by: Lake Street Music SESAC Holdings, Inc.:
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Songwriters of North America (SONA), and SESAC today announced they have agreed to work together to support the Music Modernization Act (MMA). The broad coalition demonstrates an unprecedented commitment by the industry to support songwriters and music publishers, who will benefit from the bill’s ultimate passage, resulting in the most comprehensive reform to the music copyright business in generations. The MMA improves how songwriters are paid by digital streaming services. The bill creates a single mechanical licensing entity which will establish an open, transparent copyright ownership database that will be overseen by music publishers and songwriters and paid for by digital services. At the encouragement of Senators deeply involved in the legislation and recognizing the importance of the MMA for the future of the music industry, the parties have endorsed a provision under consideration by the Senate to amend the Mechanical Licensing Collective’s (MLC) administration of voluntary licenses outside the scope of the Section 115 compulsory license in order to ensure private vendors can continue to participate in the music market, maintaining competition which is beneficial to songwriters and producers. All parties have enthusiastically agreed and respectfully request the Senate pass the MMA.
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