The celebrity filled event supporting City of Hope, the acclaimed nonprofit, will be hosted by Pharrell with special performances by the Beyonce’, four-time Grammy winning gospel duo Mary Mary, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue before the coveted and prestigious Spirit of Life Award is presented by none other than Jay-Z and it doesn’t stop there. Grammy-winning rapper, producer, Songwriters Hall-of-Famer, and So So Def label owner Jermaine Dupri will DJ City of Hope’s first-ever after-party at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica following the October 11 gala honoring Jon Platt the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner/Chappell Music, the longest-standing major music publishing company in the world, as the Spirit of Life award winner.
Inspired by the humanitarian principles of City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 45-year history, the group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry with its highest honor, the coveted Spirit of Life Award. Each year, the organization recognizes a philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film or entertainment. Recent past honorees include Quincy Jones; Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management; Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and C.E.O. of Universal Music Group; Frances W. Preston, former President and C.E.O. of BMI Music; Eddy Cue, Senior VP of Apple’s Internet Software Services; and Doug Morris, former Chairman and C.E.O of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
Adding Jon Platt to the ranks of such honorees is no coincidence. For more than two decades, Platt has demonstrated a gift for recognizing great songwriters early and providing the environment for their creativity to flourish over long, successful careers. He is also well known as an advocate for songwriters’ rights and an inspiring mentor for the next generation of executives.
Under Platt’s global leadership, the accomplishments of Warner/Chappell’s songwriters have earned the company many top industry accolades, including Publisher of the Year at BMI’s Pop Awards and R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, and all four of ASCAP’s most prestigious honors: the Pop, Rhythm & Soul, Latin and, for five years running, the Country Awards.
Platt has served as vice chairman of the board of directors for the MusiCares Foundation and sits on the boards of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, the Motown Museum and the Living Legends Foundation. His family actively supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — where Platt’s wife, Angie, serves on the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors and the international board of directors. In 2005, he launched the Big Jon Platt Scholarship Program, annually awarding three high school students from his hometown with college scholarships.
Platt has been featured on the Ebony Power 100 list and has received the Visionary Award at the SESAC Pop Music Awards.
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with locations throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.
For more information about donating to City of Hope and purchasing tickets to the upcoming gala dinner, please visit CityofHope.org/mfei-spirit.