The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, will have its highly anticipated 34th annual induction and awards dinner on June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. This year's recipient of the Hitmaker Award will be chairman/CEO of the RCA Music Group, Clive Davis and this year's Patron of the Arts Award will be chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Martin Bandier. One of the most successful and powerful music publishers in history, Bandier is receiving the award for his extraordinary and continuing support of the SHOF and the songwriting community.
This year's inductees include Little Richard, Phil Collins, Queen and Van Morrison. The Johnny Mercer Award will go to songwriter Jimmy Webb and the recipient of the Abe Olman Publisher of the Year Award will be worldwide chairman of BMG Music Publishing, Nicholas Firth. National Music Publishers Association CEO Ed Murphy, who was granted the 2002 Abe Olman Award but was unable to attend last year's ceremony, will be presented belatedly with his award.