Superproducer David Foster will be honored at the Grammy Museum’s third annual gala, to be held Sept. 19 at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles.
The 16-time Grammy winner and former Verve Records chairman will be on hand to receive the Architects of Sound Award in recognition of his “unparalleled contributions to music,” the Recording Academy explains in a statement announcing the news.
"We are thrilled to be celebrating such an influential talent and powerhouse music figure as David Foster for our first major fundraising event since integrating the Grammy Museum and Grammy Foundation," comments Scott Goldman, the newly-named executive director of the Grammy Museum. As a producer, arranger, recording artist, songwriter, and composer, Foster’s "impact on the music community is immeasurable,” Goldman continues, “and we are honored to have the opportunity to place a much-deserved spotlight on his impactful work."
Foster has collaborated with Madonna, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Earth, Wind & Fire and many others across his glittering career. Under his own label, 143 Records, Foster produced the debut albums of Michael Buble and Josh Groban and launched the career of the Corrs. His efforts have been recognized with the Academy's President's Merit Award, an Emmy Award, the BMI Icon Award, a Golden Globe and in 2013 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Foster was also named the MIDEM Person of the Year back in 2001.
"It's an honor to be celebrated by the Grammy Museum and to support such a great cause as music education. The Museum's education programs are very important platforms for young emerging artists so I am thrilled to be part of this Gala," said Foster. "Needless to say, the Recording Academy has played a very influential role in my life and will continue to do so."
Also on the night, Nathan Strayhorn will receive the 2017 Jane Ortner Education Award, which honors K-12 teachers who use music in the classroom as an educational tool.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the music initiatives of the Museum, which earlier this year integrated with its sister organization, the Grammy Foundation, with the stated goal of becoming "the "leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music."
Performers for the 2017 gala will be announced in due course.