The TJ Martell Foundation will hold a charity event in Miami on Jan. 18 honoring Jesús López, chairman and CEO of Universal Music for Latin America & Iberian Peninsula. Artists Sebastian Yatra and David Bisbal are set to perform at the Miami luncheon, to take place at the Eden Roc Hotel.
Producer and Latin music business icon Emilio Estefan will present the award to López. Edward Walson, owner of the Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach, Florida, will also be celebrated at the special South Florida charity event.
López, who heads Universal’s Latin operations worldwide and landed at No. 80 on Billboard’s Power 100 list this year, has had a triumphant 2017, in which Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s globally ubiquitous Justin Bieber-featuring hit “Despacito” became the longest running No. 1 on the Hot 100 and the most-streamed song of all time. By October 2017, Universal Music Latin Entertainment had increased its total label market share from 0.92 percent to 1.05 percent, to become the total Latin market-share leader in the United States.
The TJ Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. It was founded in 1975 by longtime label exec and A&R man Tony Martell, who named the organization for his son T.J. who passed away at age 19 after his battle with leukemia. The senior Martell died at the age of 90 in 2016. Shortly before his death, Martell gave a speech at a foundation gala, telling attendees that leukemia is no longer the number-one killer in childhood diseases, thanks in part to the work of the foundation.
Tickets for the January 18 Martell in Miami luncheon can be purchased here.