Backbeat: Stars Line Up For Andrea Bocelli L.A. Foundation Launch
Backbeat: Stars Line Up For Andrea Bocelli L.A. Foundation Launch

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Left to right: Gloria Jones (Quincy Jones' sister-in-law), Italian actress Jo Champa (who produced the evening in conjunction with StudioMusica), Quincy Jones (recipient of the First Andrea Bocelli Foundation Award), Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti (Bocelli's fiancé and VP of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation). (Photo credit: Luca Rossetti)

Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli officially launched the Andrea Bocelli Foundation during an intimate gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Dec. 9. The charity will be a grant making body that aims to provide funding, promotion and support to a range of causes.

The benefit was produced by Italian actress Jo Champa and Studiomusica USA and presented by the Grammy Museum Foundation. Champa has been friends with Bocelli for nearly 20 years and was asked by the singer to produce the launch of his charity following Central Park concert in New York in September.

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Quincy Jones (left) was on hand at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 9 to receive the first Andrea Bocelli Foundation Award for his charitable efforts and professional excellence. (Photo credit: Luca Rossetti)

"It was backstage when I went to say hi to him afterwards. He said, 'Will you help me produce this?' I said, 'I'll do anything for you, Andrea,'" Champa tells Billboard.biz. "Because, by the way, the first time I moved to L.A. he sang at my first Hollywood charity."

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Among those who attended the benefit were Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, Grammy Museum director Bob Santelli, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, film producer Harvey Weinstein, and actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Camilla Belle.

The evening also included performances by Bocelli, Michael Bolton, David Foster, Heather Headley and Ana María Martínez. On hand to receive the first Andrea Bocelli Foundation Award was Quincy Jones for charitable efforts.

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Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli performing with David Foster. Other performances during the evening included Michael Bolton, Heather Headley and Ana María Martínez. (Photo credit: Luca Rossetti)

Sponsors included Studiomusica USA, Almud, Sotheby's, M Staff, Sky, Guess (Maurice and Paul Marciano), Girard-Perregaux, and the Saban Charitable Support Fund. The event is scheduled to air on primetime TV in Italy sometime around Christmas, according to Champa.