Jeff Harleston, Universal Music Group's general counsel and executive vice president of business and legal affairs, received the Lifetime Music Industry Award at the 43rd Annual T.J. Martell Foundation New York Honors Gala Monday night (Oct. 15).
"I've been in the music for 25 years, and when I first started, all I wanted was a ticket to the T.J. Martell dinner," Harleston said in his acceptance speech. "It was an opportunity to be around this community of music people at their very finest moment."
Hosted by comedian Bill Bellamy, the cancer-research fundraiser featured performances by cello phenom Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Mary J. Blige, while the Lifetime Business Leadership Award was given to restauranteur Drew Nieporent, whose Myriad Restaurant Group's properties include New York fixtures Nobu, Tribeca Grill and Montrachet. He thanked the music industry for spending "so much money at Nobu" that he was able to send his kids to college.