Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter Named UJA's 'Music Visionaries of the Year'

Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder of Spotify, speaks at a media event on May 20, 2015 in New York City.
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Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder of Spotify, speaks at a media event on May 20, 2015 in New York City. 

Spotify executives Daniel Ek and Troy Carter have been named "Music Visionaries of the Year" by the influential philanthropic group UJA-Federation of New York. UJA will honor the pair for their commitment to philanthropy at the annual Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon, being held on June 13, 2018.

"Daniel and Troy have been groundbreakers -- not just in business, but personally, as well with their commitments to philanthropy, politics, and the arts," noted Daniel Glass, president & founder of Glassnote Entertainment Group and vice chair of UJA’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Division. "Besides their incredible vision of growing the technology of music distribution, they foster a culture of diversity, respect, and tolerance. We are proud to honor the two of them as they truly embrace the values that UJA exemplifies."

The annual event is a fundraiser for the organization (United Jewish Appeal), which supports a network of more than 80 nonprofits that serve 4.5 million people in New York and in 70 countries around the world through programs that provide food, medicine and more to people in need, as well as support for its Music for Youth initiative, which enables quality children’s music education programming.

Past recipients of the "Music Visionary of the Year" include Peter Edge, Tom Corson, Rob Stringer and Monte and Avery Lipman, among others. The luncheon event has long been a must-attend event for the music industry, attracting more than 600 top executives and an A-list roster of talent every year. Past performers include Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard, Alessia Cara, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Jennifer Hudson, and more.