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Barton Herbison

Executive Director
Bart Herbison is Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and advocacy group dedicated to the songwriting profession. Established in 1967, NSAI’s membership of nearly 5,000 spans the United States and many other countries. With more than 100 chapters, the association serves aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. Under Herbison's leadership NSAI gained prominence in the national legislative arena, including the adoption of the “Music Modernization Act” in 2018, the most important copyright law reform for songwriters in decades, passage of the landmark "Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act" in 2006, and creation of the first-ever Group Copyright Infringement Insurance for songwriters and music publishers.

A Paris, TN, native, Herbison worked as a reporter and spent 14 years in radio and as a correspondent for The Nashville Banner newspaper before joining the administration of former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter as Deputy Director of Communications in 1987. Herbison joined the staff of U.S. Rep. Bob Clement in 1988, where he served as the Tennessee Congressman's Press Secretary, Campaign Manager and Chief Tennessee Administrative Officer before leaving Capitol Hill for Music Row in 1997. Herbison received two prestigious national honors in 2018 for his songwriter advocacy work — the “Industry Legacy Award” from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and the “IP Champion’s Award” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center.