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Eddie Schwartz

President Emeritus,
Songwriters Association of Canada SAC
Toronto, ON, Canada
Eddie is best known for writing such classic hit songs as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" recorded by Pat Benetar, "Don't Shed A Tear" by Paul Carrack, and "The Doctor" by the Doobie Brothers, as well as some two hundred songs recorded and performed by artists such as Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Robert Palmer, Jeffrey Osborne, Donna Summer, Rita Coolidge, Rascal Flatts and Mountain among others. As a record producer, he has enjoyed success with numerous projects, including the Doobie Brothers' "Cycles" album, Paul Carrack's "Groove Approved", Rita Coolidge’s “Fire Me Back”, as well as his own recordings as an artist, which have achieved notable success in Canada, the US and around the world. His global sales as a writer, producer and artist are currently in excess of 65 million. A native of Toronto, Eddie has won numerous music industry awards including multiple JUNO, BMI, and SOCAN awards, and SOCAN's prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. In addition, Eddie is a graduate of the renowned Leadership Music program in Nashville, where he has lived since 1997. Eddie serves as President Emeritus to the Songwriters Association of Canada, Chair of Fair Trade Music International, and, for many years, Director on the boards of SOCAN, CARAS and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In 2012 Eddie was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and, more recently, Co-Chair of Music Creators North America and the CIAM (CISAC’s international authors’ council) Executive Committee. Eddie is invited to speaking engagements around the world as the leading authority on copyright and other issues affecting music creators in universities and conferences in Europe, Asia, Canada and the US.