Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw will be the first artist manager to ever receive the Humanitarian Award when he is recognized for his good works at the Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Previous honorees include Jack Johnson, Warped founder Kevin Lyman, Jon Bon Jovi, Bob Ezrin and The Edge for Music Rising, Live 8 producer Kevin Wall, Dave Matthews, and Clear Channel Entertainment.
Capshaw, in coordination with Red Light's roster that includes such artists as Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys and Alabama, has long been active in the world of philanthropy, with a commitment to local, national and international community efforts. Much of Capshaw's efforts in the this arena are directly related to the live entertainment business, including Phish: A Benefit for Vermont Hurricane Recovery in 2011, BAMA Rising, for the 2011 Alabama tornado victims, and Nashville Rising, following the 2010 flood in Nashville. Additionally, Capshaw has produced many Dave Matthews Band relief concerts, including: A Concert for Virginia Tech, a free "healing" concert for the Virginia Tech community following the tragic shootings in 2007; Red Rocks Concert for Hurricane Katrina Relief in 2005 near Denver, Colo.; Golden Gate Park Concert in San Francisco for Bay Area Health, Children's and Homeless programs in 2004; and a Central Park Concert for New York City's parks and public school system in 2003, among others.
Don't miss the 8th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, taking place November 9-10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Now in its 8th year, the conference features unique programming that informs, educates and provides a forum for promoters, agents, managers, venues, sponsors, merchandisers, ticketing companies and all touring-related businesses about the industry's latest opportunities, current challenges and biggest successes.
Along with Matthews, Coran recently created a new giving concept for live music events driven by their desire to inspire philanthropy. For these shows, each fan is empowered to join in the giving process by picking a charity of their choice to receive a donation equal to the value of their ticket purchase. The fan makes the choice through an online giving platform, JustGive.org. The program continues with an upcoming Matthews acoustic show with Tim Reynolds in New York on Nov. 18.
With a large and diverse artist roster, Capshaw and Red Light support artist clients in their efforts to weave philanthropy and giving into the core of their businesses. Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, OAR, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Switchfoot and other Red Light clients have raised the bar in artist giving and fan engagement with philanthropy. Capshaw is also highly involved in supporting his home base of Charlottesville, Va., where the Charlottesville Free Clinic honored him for helping them raise over $1 million for their work in that community.
"Anyone who knows Coran Capshaw knows he would never seek out such attention for his philanthropic works," says Billboard's Ray Waddell. "Rather than put his name on buildings or seek the spotlight, Coran prefers to do groundbreaking work behind the scenes that directly affects thousands of people, moving the live business forward in the process. We're proud to honor his selfless work in this space with the 2011 Humanitarian Award."
The Billboard Touring Awards will wrap the 8th Annual Billboard Touring Conference Nov. 9-10 in New York. Other special honorees for the evening include Journey, which will receive the Legend Of Live award; Perry Farrell, who will be given the inaugural Apple award to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary promoter Bill Graham; the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, and the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award.