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City Of Hope Announces 14th Annual ‘Songs Of Hope’ Celebrating Music And Entertainment Luminaries On SEPT. 13

Supporters Include Legendary Music Executive/Record Producer Clive Davis, Sony/Atv Ceo/Chairman Marty Bandier, And Presenting Sponsor Spotify; Benny Blanco, Mike Will Made-It, Sarah Aarons, James Newton Howard, And Stephen J. Forman, M.D. Announced As Initial Honorees

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA (August 7, 2018) — City of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center, today announced an initial blockbuster lineup of presenters and honorees who will celebrate the song and songwriter at its Songs of Hope XIV event.

Among the music and entertainment industry VIPs in attendance will be legendary music executive and record producer Clive Davis; record producer/songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award winner Benny Blanco; Grammy-winning songwriter/record producer Mike Will Made-It; CEO/Chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Songwriters Hall of Fame Patron of the Arts Award winner Marty Bandier; hit-making songwriter Sarah Aarons; Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning composer, conductor, and music producer James Newton Howard; and more. Legendary Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and producer Jimmy Jam returns as Master of Ceremonies.

Songs of Hope XIV will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the exclusive residence of hit-maker Alex da Kid, the KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.

Award presenters and recipients will include:

  • Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-It
  • Martin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah Aarons
  • Electronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton Howard
  • Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award* presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope.

Universal Music Publishing Group, Spotify and Warner/Chappell Music will also present awards to honorees, with more information provided closer to the event.

For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.

Schnur said, “For 14 years, Songs of Hope has brought our industry together for an evening of music that is literally lifesaving. And thanks to the ongoing support of friends and colleagues, our shared commitment to City of Hope’s vital mission is stronger than ever. This year, my co-chairs David, Doug, Evan and I invite you to join what will be an event that redefines respect, compassion and celebration.”

Lamberg said, “On behalf of myself and my co-chairs we could not be more proud that Songs of Hope continues, stronger than ever, in its 14th year. City of Hope makes a huge, positive difference in the lives of its patients and their families. Its doctors, researchers and all of its employees are very special people doing extraordinary things when it comes to changing lives for the better.”

Davis said, “As a cancer survivor, it is imperative to raise funds to further City of Hope’s compassionate patient care and groundbreaking research. This night has become one of my favorite nights in music, and I am thrilled to again co-chair Songs of Hope and this wonderful celebration of the song and the songwriter, which are often overshadowed by the recording and the artist. Songs of Hope is meaningful for me this year because I get to also work hand-in-hand with my father, Clive Davis, who will present the Clive Davis Legend In Songwriting Award to my friends Mike Will Made-It and Benny Blanco.”

Renzer said, “I am so honored to be co-chairing the 14th Songs of Hope with my incredible co-chairs Evan, Doug and Steve. It’s wonderful to see the event achieve new heights every year, contributing to the important life-saving work done by City of Hope. Thanks to all for supporting and attending this special event.”

This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.

Songs of Hope brings together the biggest names in music and entertainment to support City of Hope in the fight against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The star-studded event, silent auction and CharityBuzz.com auction raise money to support lifesaving research at City of Hope. Prior Songs of Hope honorees and participants have included Jack Antonoff, Burt Bacharach, Glen Ballard, Martin Bandier, Aloe Blacc, Colbie Caillat, The Chainsmokers, Clive Davis, Desmond Child, Natalie Cole, Gavin DeGraw, The Doobie Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Zach Horowitz, Max Martin, Mark Mothersbaugh, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie, Dave Stewart, Swizz Beatz, will.i.am, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Charli XCX, and Hans Zimmer, among others.

To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV, visit www.cityofhope.org/music/songs

* The Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award will include the presentation of $100,000 to support the research of Stephen J. Forman, M.D. and his team.

About City of Hope

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 City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.


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