"Whenever Troy would hear 'no' as an answer, he'd say 'hell no' to that no," said Patti Labelle.
The UJA-Federation of New York honored Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and the streaming service's global head of creator services Troy Carter as dual recipients of their Music Visionary of the Year honor on Tuesday (June 12) during an annual luncheon at New York City's Pierre Hotel that brought together some of the music industry's biggest names. The overarching theme of the afternoon focused on the UJA-Federation's charitable efforts, as well as those of Ek and Carter and their their immense impact on the music industry at large.
Glassnote head and UJA Vice Chair Daniel Glass kicked off the proceedings, noting that the luncheon, an annual event for over 15 years, is the "most important event in the industry calendar we have." Glass spoke of his personal connection to Ek, saying the executive has "always been a dreamer. Years ago, when the seeds of Spotify came out of Napster, people thought he was a fool, people thought he was a savant. He was thrown out of meetings. Today, we understand the breadth and scope of what he's helped build. His dreams are coming true and we thank him for his generosity and his leadership and vision."
Glass also spoke of Carter, of whom he also has a personal friendship with, in similar fashion. "With Troy and his wife Rebecca, we've shared incredible occasions together," he noted, touching on Carter's penchant for supporting political causes. "We were together on the last major election in this country, where we were saluting our good friend [current California senator]---- Kamala Harris, and hours later were deflated when certain [presidential] results came in. We shared that and held hands and Troy has enlisted me and my wife on many occasions to help."