Jon Platt, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner/Chappell Music, will pick up one of the most prestigious prizes in the music business in October.
Platt will collect the 2018 Spirit Of Life Award at a black-tie gala dinner on October 11 in Los Angeles.
The award is presented by City Of Hope – the world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Platt has been chosen by City Of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group as a philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film or entertainment.
The award has previously been given to such noted figures as Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Doug Morris, Coran Capshaw and Sir Lucian Grange.
“City of Hope is an extraordinary place that doesn’t just treat the body, it also gives hope and nourishment to the soul,” Platt said.
“I’m inspired by the doctors, scientists and nurses who are fighting diseases with such intense urgency. Their compassion, alongside the bravery and determination of patients, has led to amazing discoveries and transformed lives.”
“Being chosen to receive this award is a great honor, and I take seriously the responsibility of leading our industry’s campaign to support City of Hope’s vital work.”
In its 45-year history so far, City Of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group has raised more than $118 million.
Added Platt: “Many of us have been affected by the diseases and disorders that City of Hope is striving to cure, which makes this cause both personal and universal. Being chosen to receive this award is a great honor, and I take seriously the responsibility of leading our industry’s campaign to support City of Hope’s vital work.
“October’s event will be unforgettable. Many of my friends have already agreed to be involved, and it will be a celebration of our commitment to make a difference.”
Robert W. Stone, President and Chief Executive Officer of City of Hope, said: “City of Hope is proud to honor Jon Platt; not just because of his deep commitment to our work, but because he is at the forefront of a new generation of leaders who are champions of compassion and collaboration.
“The music, film, and entertainment industries have long been generous and essential supporters of City of Hope, and we are excited to be partnering with Jon for this year’s Spirit of Life campaign.”
For more information on the 2018 Spirit of Life campaign, please visit www.cityofhope.org/mfei-spirit.
Jon Platt (pictured) is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner/Chappell Music, the longest-standing major music publishing company in the world, as well as a member of Warner Music Group’s Board of Directors.
Over the course of his career – beginning as a teenaged DJ in Denver, climbing the ranks at EMI Music Publishing, joining Warner/Chappell in 2012, and rising to his current post in 2015 – Platt has championed everyone from JAY-Z to Beyoncé, from Kanye West to Drake, from Usher to Rihanna, and from Brandy to Janet Jackson.
Under Platt’s global leadership, Warner/Chappell has been named Publisher of the Year at BMI’s Pop Awards and R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, and all four of ASCAP’s key ceremonies: the Pop, Rhythm & Soul, Latin and, for five years running, the Country Awards.
The company has broken records and made impressive market share gains in territories around the world, including being named No.1 music publisher in Billboard’s quarterly airplay rankings.
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 Jon’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 was named BRE Magazine’s “Man of the Year”.
He has received the Visionary Award at the SESAC Pop Music Awards and been honored as the Music Visionary of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York. In 2017, he was presented with Morehouse College’s Candle Award in Music, Business, and Entertainment, the same year as Usher and Tyler Perry.
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