About The MPA

About the MPA

Founded in 1895, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest music trade organization in the United States, fostering communication among publishers, dealers, music educators, and all ultimate users of music.

This non-profit association addresses itself to issues pertaining to every area of music publishing with an emphasis on the issues relevant to the publishers of print music for concert and educational purposes.

The MPA serves the industry through engagement with other organizations such as NewMusicUSA, the International Confederation of Music Publishers, American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Merchants, the League of American Orchestras, the Church Music Publishers Association, the Music Library Association, the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Retail Print Music Dealers Association.

In addition, MPA members belong to and work cooperatively with the National Music Publisher’s Association, the Harry Fox Agency and, the performance rights organizations: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.

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The Music Publishers Association:

  • Serves as a forum for publishers to address the music industry’s vital issues.
  • Is actively involved in supporting and advancing compliance with the copyright law and, combating copyright infringement.
  • Advocates the protection of intellectual property rights in the legal and legislative arena.
  • Keeps its members informed of new laws, decisions, and regulations affecting the industry.
  • Keeps its members informed of the latest technology and systems being used for engraving, printing, distribution and licensing.
  • Produces and distributes copyright education materials, music industry reference lists and, various other brochures and guidelines on topics relevant to music publishers for its members and the music community at large.
  • Facilitates communication among publishers, dealers, music educators, and all ultimate users of music.
  • Seeks to provide solutions to critical issues within the music community.


Meetings of the board are held in New York City throughout the year, except July and August.

There is an annual meeting (usually held the first week in June) of the full membership at which the election of the board members takes place.


ANNUAL MEETING COMMITTEE – Organizes the annual meeting that brings together all MPA members for a full day of activity. A typical Annual Meeting would include: panel discussions on important issues, annual committee reports, presentation of awards, election of new board members, and a keynote address.

ENGRAVING & PRODUCTION COMMITTEE – Organizes the call for entries, judging and presentation, at the annual meeting, of the Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence. Created in 1964, the Paul Revere Awards recognize excellence and all areas of print music publishing including, music engraving, artwork, design and printing.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING – Provides and distributes information regarding legal and legislative developments in the area of copyright and licensing.

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – In tandem with the National Music Council, the MPA is created curriculum materials geared towards the elementary classroom in an effort educate young students on the value of copyright. Learn more about this project at www.ImadeIt.org.

DIGITAL PIRACY COMMITTEE – The Digital Piracy Committee overseas strategic action for reporting MPA publisher content that has been posted without proper licensing.

EDUCATIONAL CONTACTS & TRADE RELATIONS – Communicates with various national, regional, and state organizations and music selection committees; disseminates information to the membership; encourages the exchange of ideas and discussion of concerns to both music publishers and music educators. Interacts with music dealers and functions as a liaison to the Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA). Maintains the Music Publishers Directory, and produces an annual listing of music industry conventions and, a bi-annual contact list for music industry magazines. Periodically surveys publishers and dealers on topics of interest to the MPA.

FINANCE/AUDIT COMMITTEE – Oversees the finances of the association and audits the accounts.

INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS – Represents MPA at major international meetings, reporting on American positions and activities, and bringing back discussed subjects of concerns to the worldwide publishing community, such as copyright laws, directives, licensing, royalties, and performance practices.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – Encourages prospective members to join MPA and maintains current membership lists.

JOINT COMMITTEE – This joint committee of the Music Library Association, the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association and, the MPA addresses issues relevant to both music librarians and music publishers including:  cataloging, publishing information and copyright issues.

PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE – Concerns itself with the symphonic, operatic, dance and concert fields. Deals with all performance issues including rental libraries, and the performing rights societies, ASCAP, BMI and, SESAC. Coordinates with the American Symphony Orchestra League, the National Orchestra Association, the American Music Center and others the promotion of American music.

PRESS AND PUBLICITY – Distributes information via press releases about copyright issues, available services and MPA news to the music and education press. Promotes public awareness of the Copyright Law and the role of the music publisher through advertising campaigns and educational materials.