Accolade Celebrating Female Songwriters to Be Presented at City of Hope’s 14th Annual ‘Songs of Hope’ in Sherman Oaks on Sept. 13
Press Release – LOS ANGELES – September 5, 2018 — Universal Music Publishing Group, a leading worldwide music publisher, today announced that global music icon and Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist SZA will be named as the first-ever “She Is The Music” honoree, recognizing female songwriters for their contributions to music and impact on culture. UMPG Global Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson will present the award at Songs of Hope XIV, the event benefitting world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center City of Hope.
A universally acclaimed artist and celebrated voice of a generation, SZA has become one of the most influential forces in modern music and culture. Signed to UMPG, her RIAA-certified Platinum debut studio album Ctrl (TDE/RCA) was ranked as the best album of 2017 by Time. SZA wrote all of the songs on Ctrl including the platinum-selling “Love Galore,” “The Weekend,” and “Garden.” She has also co-penned hits including “What Lovers Do” with Maroon 5, “All the Stars” with Kendrick Lamar, and “I Do” with Cardi B, and written songs for superstars including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. In 2017, SZA made history as the year’s leading female Grammy nominee, earning five nominations.
Through this honor, SZA will be recognized for her creative excellence in songwriting, influence on women in music and impact on culture. The female-focused distinction is named for the “She Is The Music” industry initiative, an inclusive call-to-action to increase opportunities and equality for women in music. The organization was created in response to an industry report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative revealing staggering gender disparities for female creators working in music.
Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at hit-maker Alex da Kid’s KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA.
City of Hope previously announced award presenters and recipients including:
For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.
This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Universal Music Publishing Group, Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts and Warner/Chappell Music.
To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify, visit www.cityofhope.org/music/songs
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.
ABOUT SONGS OF HOPE:
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.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP:
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 47 offices in 45 countries. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world’s most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, Jhené Aiko, Alabama Shakes, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, The Clash, Coldplay, J. Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tobias Jesso Jr., Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Lil Yachty, Linkin Park, Demi Lovato, Steve Mac, Post Malone, Mamas and Papas, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Metro Boomin, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, Randy Newman, New Order, Ne-Yo, Pearl Jam, Quavo, R. City, Otis Redding, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Travis Scott, Sex Pistols, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Stax (East Memphis Music), SZA, Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jack White, Zedd and many more.
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