Each year the PMA awards the Ambassador Award to an individual from any field who has devoted exceptional service towards ensuring a thriving and sustainable production music industry. Below is the list of honorees over the years.

2019

Martha Hanrahan

Martha Hanrahan was born and raised in Winnetka, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She is a graduate of New Trier High School and an alumna of the University Of Michigan where she majored in Television and Radio Broadcasting and minored in Music. Fresh out of college, she moved to Los Angeles and was hired as a Coordinator in NBC’s Music Rights Department. 37 years later, she retired as Senior Vice President, NBC Universal Television Music.

During her 37 year career she saw the demise of the hour long music/variety shows, the rise of sitcoms, the advent of cable television, the longevity of the late night and morning shows, the importance of music in promotional advertising, reality TV and the expansion of programming into worldwide broadcast and digital platforms. She encouraged and facilitated the evolution of the use of popular music and production music in television programs and in promos. Along with her colleagues in the Law Department, she contributed to the music licensing language and definitions necessary to incorporate new media and territories into NBC’s 21st century business model.

In retirement, Martha serves on the board of the Studio City Residents Association, she has traveled extensively with her husband, Bruce and is the proud mother of two adult children, a friend to their spouses and the adoring grandmother of four grandchildren.

2018

Karen Takata

VP, Music, CBS

2017

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is Executive Vice President of Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). 
In this role, Smith will work closely with BMI’s publishers on their royalty distributions and administration needs, while streamlining the flow of information and developing new data streams, bonus structures and payment methodologies across all music delivery platforms. She will continue to oversee all of BMI’s domestic and international royalty distribution and administration services to its more than 750,000 members.

A Tennessee native, Smith joined BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations Department in BMI’s Nashville office in 1985 and re-located to New York in 1987 where she has held various roles of increasing responsibility throughout her 31-year tenure. In her most recent position as SVP of Operations, Distribution & Administration Services, Smith oversaw record royalty distributions to BMI’s affiliates and spearheaded the development and creation of multiple online tools to assist with their distribution records

As an expert on performing rights administration, Smith has been a featured speaker at events by groups including the Society of Composers & Lyricists, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (New York and Los Angeles), the California Copyright Conference, the Church Music Publishers Association, the Production Music Association, as well as many performing rights organizations around the world.

In addition to receiving many accolades from industry peers, Smith was honored two consecutive years as one of Billboard’s Top 30 Power Players as well as one of Billboard’s Women in Music. She was also honored with the Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music City Award in 2014 and 2016. Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University’s School of Music Business.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Lynne Lummel

Dr. Lynne Lummel recently retired from ASCAP after 28 years. Her last assignment was EVP and Chief Transformation Management Officer responsible for supporting the execution of ASCAP’s six-year plan and strategic objectives. Prior to that she was responsible for Distribution and Repertory, overseeing the matching of hundreds of billions of TV, radio, Internet and other musical performances to ASCAP repertoire and the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars each year. She has been instrumental in bringing video and audio pattern recognition technologies to ASCAP, expanding ASCAP surveys, streamlining operations, improving accuracy and reducing costs. Papers on her work creating self-managing, virtual licensing teams at ASCAP have been published in the JOURNAL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS and REWARD AND RECOGNITION FOR TEAMS (Jossey-Bass). She was honored in BILLBOARD’S 2013 Women in Music edition. She has a doctoral degree from Columbia University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, where she served on the College of Business Board of Governors.

2016

Shawn LeMone

Shawn LeMone is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Film & Television / Visual Media Department in ASCAP’s Membership Group. Shawn advocates on behalf of film, television and video game composers and resolves high level crediting and distribution issues. His Department is responsible for servicing ASCAP’s composer members and maintaining a strong market share across all audio-visual media on a worldwide basis.

Having joined ASCAP in 1995, LeMone has spearheaded ASCAP’s outreach efforts to the film and television music community and the video game industry. He has been instrumental in the development of industry standards for television performance data and educating production companies on the role of performance rights. In addition, he is among those at the forefront of ASCAP’s efforts exploring and employing strategic and technological innovations to better serve its composer and publisher members.

Prior to ASCAP, LeMone served as the Foreign Levies Administrator for both the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) from 1991 to 1995. During his tenure at the Guilds, he developed and administered a large royalty account derived from levies on the sale and rental of video tape in Europe.

LeMone graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a degree in Social Psychology. He has organized and participated in seminars at UCLA, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, American Film Institute, Game Developers Conference, Austin Music Foundation, Sync Summit, California Lawyers for the Arts and the California Copyright Conference, where he served as President of the Board of Directors.

2015

David Israelite

David M. Israelite is President and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), a position he has held since February 2005.

Israelite is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NMPA’s operations, from legal strategy and implementation to government affairs and advocacy. His tenure to date has produced landmark successes on behalf of publishers including the Music Modernization Act and the largest CRB rate increase in history, in addition to groundbreaking industry collaboration in royalty rate agreements and raising the profile of the publishing community. He has been named to Billboard’s Power 100 multiple times and serves on several boards including the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Special Olympics DC.

Prior to leading NMPA, Israelite held senior positions in various capacities for the U.S. government including at the Department of Justice where he was appointed Chairman of the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and in the U.S. Senate where he was chief of staff for Missouri Senator Kit Bond. Israelite earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College.