Don Cason is the President/CEO of the Church Music Publishers Association Action Fund, which seeks to foster respect for the intellectual property rights of the creators and owners of Christian music copyrights, and to encourage the legal use and protection of those rights.
Prior to this appointment with the CMPA in February 2020, Cason was the former President of Word Music, having served as the senior executive of its music publishing division from 1989-2006. In that role, he oversaw songwriter and song development, publishing administration, and in particular all print music publishing operations for Word Music, including its song and songwriter development and sales operations for Word’s print music division. Over his twenty-eight tenure at Word Music he was directly involved in the songwriting careers of Bruce Carroll, Dave Clark, Claire Cloninger, Celeste Clydesdale, David T. Clydesdale, Carol Cymbala, Lari Goss, Amy Grant, David Hamilton, Kathie Hill, Dennis Jernigan, Graham Kendrick, Don Koch, Carman Licciardello, Mark Lowry, Babbie Mason, David Meece, Cindy Morgan, David Mullen, Nicole C. Mullen, Greg Nelson, Michael W. Smith, Robert Sterling, Randy Stonehill, Russ Taff, Keith Thomas, and Wayne Watson. Cason also served as the presiding executive for two of Word Music’s hymnals, THE CELEBRATION HYMNAL and SONGS FOR PRAISE & WORSHIP.
From 2008 until 2019, Cason joined Music Services, a publishing and record label administration company, as its Vice President where he oversaw Business Development and Operations for the company.
Cason has held offices and served on numerous music industry boards and organizations including Leadership Music (2003-06), the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA), the Gospel Music Association, the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) Publisher Advisory Board, and the Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies. He is a songwriter member of ASCAP, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and Leadership Music (Class of 2002). Cason has also testified on behalf of songwriters and publishers before the U.S. Congress on music copyright and licensing legislation.
Cason earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baylor University in 1976, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Dr. Nancy Cason.