U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante will spend two days in Nashville next month, taking meetings and participating in NSAI’s Songposium Week. She is making the trip at the invitation of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
Pallente is expected to attend NSAI’s “World’s Largest #1 Party” on Mon., Sept. 17 and help present No. 1 Awards to the more than 130 songwriters who penned hits that topped the radio charts in the past 12 months. During her visit she will hold briefings, question-and-answer sessions and meetings with a broad cross-section of the Nashville music industry.
Her itinerary includes a recording session at a studio and a songwriter show at the Bluebird Cafe. She will also speak to students and invited guests at The Copyright Forum, a collaboration between NSAI and Belmont University designed to foster copyright dialogue, debate and solutions.
“Ms. Pallante’s trip to Nashville and Music Row is very important,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. “Her role is critical as technology companies and copyright industries figure out how creative content is licensed and delivered to consumers in the digital era. And it’s really cool that our songwriters are going to be presented a No. 1 award by the head of the U.S. Copyright Office.”
“We are incredibly excited and honored that Ms. Pallante will be visiting Music Row,” agreed NSAI President, songwriter Lee Thomas Miller. “She will be participating in the week’s activities combining copyright issues with an inside look at Nashville’s music industry.”
Pallante became the 12th Register of Copyrights on June 1, 2011 after serving six months as interim Register. She previously held two senior positions in the U.S. Copyright Office and served eight years as intellectual property counsel and licensing advisor for the Guggenheim Museums.