On Oct. 11 in Santa Monica, Calif., City of Hope honored outgoing Warner/Chappell Music chairman/CEO Jon Platt with its Spirit of Life Award. With help from Beyoncé, who performed, and Jay-Z, who presented Platt with his award, the evening raised $6.1 million for the world-renowned Duarte, Calif.-based research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Four days later, on Oct. 15, the T.J. Martell Foundation saluted Jeffrey Harleston in New York as Mary J. Blige feted the general counsel/executive vp business and legal affairs for Universal Music Group worldwide. The foundation, which funds medical research focused on finding cures for cancer, raised $2 million that night.
For over 40 years, the music industry has thrown its support and dollars behind the two organizations through their annual galas and a slew of other fundraisers held throughout the year, including poker tournaments and bowling parties meant to attract young philanthropists.