National Music Council

National Music Council

The National Music Council of the United States is a United States national organization listed under Title 36 of the United States Code, founded in 1940 and chartered by the 84th Congress in 1956. The Council is composed of organizations of national scope interested in the development of music in the country. It represents the state to the International Music Council of UNESCO.[1]


American Eagle Awards

Each year the Council presents the American Eagle Awards for distinguished service to American Music. the recipients include:[2]

  • 1982: Yehudi Menuhin and Jule Styne
  • 1983: Van Cliburn and Benny Goodman
  • 1984: Virgil Thomson and Lionel Hampton
  • 1985: George Wein (Kool Jazz Festival) and Otto Luening
  • 1986: Morton Gould and Dizzy Gillespie
  • 1987: Odetta and Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern)
  • 1988: Betty Allen and Dave Brubeck
  • 1989: William Schuman and Blue Note Records (Bruce Lundvall, President)
  • 1990: Rise Stevens and Billy Taylor
  • 1991: Marian Anderson and Peter Schickele
  • 1992: Elliott Carter and Max Roach
  • 1993: Lena Horne and Roberta Peters
  • 1994: Richard Riley and Jim Chapin
  • 1995: Dorothy DeLay and Lee Eliot Berk
  • 1996: Betty Carter, Bob McGrath and Shari Lewis
  • 1997: Phil Ramone, The Oak Ridge Boys
  • 1998: The Marsalis Family, John Sykes, Texaco, Inc. (Corporate Award)
  • 1999: Roy Clark and Clark Terry, American Express (Corporate Award)
  • 2000: Schuyler Chapin, Roberta Guaspari, And Leonard Slatkin
  • 2001: John Corigliano, Michael Kamen, and Marian McPartland
  • 2002: Margaret Whiting, Dawn Upshaw; United Service Organizations (USO)
  • 2003: Richie Havens, William Warfield, The Waverly Consort
  • 2004: Hal David, MetLife Foundation
  • 2005: Steven Sondheim, Sesame Workshop, Congressman John Conyers Jr., Senator Orrin Hatch
  • 2006: Richard Adler, Barbara Cook, Ervin M. Drake, Henry Juszkiewicz
  • 2007: Clive Davis, Sheldon Harnick, VH1 Save the Music Foundation
  • 2008: Lorin Maazel and Tom Chapin
  • 2009: Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and The Hard Rock Cafe
  • 2010: Kenny Rogers, Suzanne Vega, Ann Johns Ruckert, John Mahlmann and The Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix