Cannes, 6 June 2018 – Peermusic Chair and CEO, Ralph Peer II, has been named ‘Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ (‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’),  France’s top cultural honour, by French Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen.

The French cultural award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts in France and around the world. The presentation was made at a June 5 gala dinner held by the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) during Midem in Cannes.

Making the presentation on behalf of the French Culture Minister, Reed MIDEM Chief Executive Paul Zilk said, “Ralph Peer II is a world-recognised expert in copyright issues and a champion of international composers’ rights. His commitment to the international music community and management of the world’s largest privately-owned music publisher, peermusic, is inspirational and it is a pleasure to recognise his achievements with this important French cultural award.”

“I’m most honoured to receive this award from a country that shares my and peermusic’s commitment to protecting composers’ rights and defending important international copyright rules. I want to share this recognition with all those who have worked at peermusic over the past 91 years and to reaffirm that our commitment to music and those who create music, is as strong as ever,” commented Ralph Peer II.

Ralph Peer II is Chair and CEO of peermusic, the world’s largest privately-held music publisher. With 35 offices in 28 countries, peermusic’s catalogue contains around 500,000 titles, 24 of which are part of the Grammy Hall of Fame. The catalogue represents an eclectic mix of musical styles including country, blues, jazz, pop, Latin, classical and rock ‘n’ roll.

A respected authority on international copyright, Ralph Peer is Vice President and Director of the National Music Publishers’ Association, former President of the Country Music Association and past Chairman and current Board member of the International Confederation of Music Publishers.

About Midem – Home of the Global Music Community, Midem is the world’s leading music event which brings together, connects, serves and supports the global music community to exchange, create, play, forge relationships and shape the future of music. With a rich 4-day programme of conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances, music makers, cutting-edge technology companies, brands & talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections.

About peermusicFounded by Ralph S. Peer in 1928, peermusic is the world’s largest global independent publishing company and operates 35 offices in 28 countries. With over half a million titles in the company’s catalogue, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock‘n’roll, peermusic is the largest privately owned company of its kind in the world. For further information about peermusic, go to www.peermusic.com. For breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos, follow @peermusic on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.