SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, will honor the top songwriters and publishers of 2013 in a range of music genres at the 2014 sesac Pop Music Awards on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the stately New York Public Library.
Richard Gottehrer, co-founder and chief creative officer of The Orchard, and iconic songwriter will be honored with the special “Visionary Award” for his continuous efforts in discovering and nurturing cutting edge talent throughout his five decades in the music business.
Gottehrer musical resume is impressive. Early in this career, Gottehrer earned accolades by penning hit songs such as “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy.” As a member of 1960s pop group Strangeloves, co-founder of leading independent record label Sire Records with Seymour Stein, and producer of multi-platinum albums for Blondie, The Go-Go’s, The Raveonettes and Joan Armatrading, Gottehrer has played a vital role in countless successes throughout the industry. Gottehrer founded The Orchard in 1997 – ahead of the digital boom – and has since been an evangelist for the power of digital music distribution.
Other special awards will be presented including Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year.
The invitation-only, red carpet gala is one of the most popular music gatherings in the industry. Each year, the star studded evening features special performances from some of entertainment’s top hit-makers with attendees including some of the biggest names in music. Last year, Rico Love won the Songwriter of The Year and Song of the Year awards and Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, Michelle Williams and Swizz Beatz were just a couple of elite talents who made guest appearances.