United Talent Agency’s global co-head of music David Zedeck and music managers Brandon Goodman and Danny Rukasin are among the honorees at the fourth annual Ambassadors of Peace (AOP) event on Oct. 26 in Beverly Hills. The outdoor event is sponsored by the non-profit, Creative Community for Peace (CCFP).
Other honorees include Autumn Rowe, who won a Grammy in April as a featured artist, songwriter and producer on Jon Batiste’s album of the year winner, We Are; four-time Emmy winner Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek and SCTV Network); and Emmy winner Darren Star (Sex and the City).
“Creative Community for Peace was founded by entertainment industry professionals passionate about the artistic community’s unique ability to act as a unifying force for tolerance and peace,” CCFP co-founder David Renzer and director Ari Ingel said in a statement. “CCFP believes strongly in artists’ ability to affect lives and affect positive change around the world. The 2022 AOP honorees exemplify the spirit of our mission – to build bridges and advocate for peace through the arts.”
Goodman and Rukasin co-founded Best Friends Music, a Los Angeles-based music management company, in 2018. They co-manage Grammy- and Academy Award winners Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, as well as mixing engineer Rob Kinelski, who has won five Grammys for his work with Eilish, and Bishop Briggs. They also have separate management clients. Goodman and Rukasin executive produced Apple TV’s Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry and Eilish’s Disney+ concert film Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles.
Zedeck previously served as Live Nation Entertainment’s executive vp and president of global talent and artist development.
In addition to Batiste, Rowe has collaborated with such artists as Dua Lipa, Pitbull, Zendaya, Ava Max, Leona Lewis, Tori Kelly and Kali Uchis. In a statement, Rowe said: “In today’s world, the arts can act as a panacea to division and fear. Through my work, I’ve prioritized using my platform to fight against racism and antisemitism. I’m honored to be recognized by CCFP, an organization who embodies my same commitment to use the arts as a conduit for peace and connection.”
Previous AOP honorees include Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr.; Grammy-winning songwriter and 14-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren; reggae great and eight-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley; music manager Scooter Braun; and Warner Records CEO/co-chairman Aaron Bay-Schuck.
Tickets range from $250 for a general ticket to $100,000 for a 10-ticket sponsorship package. More information can be found on the event’s website.