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date: 28 January 2020

Feist, Leonard locked

  • William McClellan
  • , revised by Daniel Goldmark


(b Pelham, NY, Dec 12, 1910; d New York, NY, Nov 18, 1996). American music publisher and administrator. The son of Tin Pan Alley innovator Leo Feist, he studied at Yale University (BA 1932) and completed graduate work at Columbia University (1933–4). During his early career he held executive positions with Leo Feist, Inc. (1932–5) and Century Music Publishing Co.–Mercury Music Corp. (1936–56). He served as president of Associated Music Publishers (1956–64), and in 1965 took up an appointment with the National Music Publishers Association (a trade association of popular music publishers), of which he became president in 1976. From 1963 to 1979 he attended to the affairs of the National Music Council, holding several board positions. He was also involved with the Music Publishers Association of the United States (president 1952–4), the National Academy of Popular Music, and the Copyright Society of the USA. Through articles, papers, and speeches, Feist promoted effective copyright protection for music and furthered many other causes of the music trades....

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