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Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt to Receive City of Hope's 2018 Spirit of Life Award

Jon Platt
Nadav Kander

Jon Platt

Music publishing executive Jon Platt will receive the City of Hope's 2018 Spirit of Life Award for his dedication to philanthropic causes and impactful work in the entertainment industry, it was announced Monday. Platt, chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, is set to receive City of Hope's highest honor at a gala dinner to be held Oct. 11 in Los Angeles.

"City of Hope is proud to honor Jon Platt; not just because of his deep commitment to our work, but because he is at the forefront of a new generation of leaders who are champions of compassion and collaboration," said Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive of City of Hope. "The music, film, and entertainment industries have long been generous and essential supporters of City of Hope, and we are excited to be partnering with Jon for this year’s Spirit of Life campaign."

Southern California-based City of Hope is a biomedical research, education and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group, founded in 1973, has raised more than $118 million. Recent honorees of the Spirit of Life Award include Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw; Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge; and live/artist management executives Shelli and Irving Azoff, among others.

In addition to leading Warner/Chappell, one of the big three publishers (along with Sony/ATV and Universal Music), Platt sits on the boards of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, the Motown Museum, and the Living Legends Foundation, and has served as vice chairman of the board for the MusiCares Foundation. In 2005, he launched the Big Jon Platt Scholarship Program, which awards college scholarships to high school students from his hometown.

"City of Hope is an extraordinary place that doesn't just treat the body, it also gives hope and nourishment to the soul," Platt said. "I’m inspired by the doctors, scientists and nurses who are fighting diseases with such intense urgency. Their compassion, alongside the bravery and determination of patients, has led to amazing discoveries and transformed lives."

Added Platt, whose wife, Angie, sits on the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: "Many of us have been affected by the diseases and disorders that City of Hope is striving to cure, which makes this cause both personal and universal. Being chosen to receive this award is a great honor, and I take seriously the responsibility of leading our industry’s campaign to support City of Hope's vital work. October's event will be unforgettable. Many of my friends have already agreed to be involved, and it will be a celebration of our commitment to make a difference."


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