Independent cancer research and treatment center City of Hope has announced that the Warner/Chappell Music “Icon of Hope” Award will be awarded to lauded musical theatre lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz, composer of hit musicals Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, among many others. Warner/Chappell’s Chief Operating Officer Carianne Marshall, and Senior Vice President of Theatrical and Catalog, Kurt Deutsch will present the award to Schwartz at Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify.
In his four-decade plus career, Schwartz has won four Grammy Awards and three Academy Awards, has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and Theatre Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, a special award for his commitment to fostering new talent and championing important causes.
Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 at hit-maker Alex da Kid’s KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.
City of Hope previously announced award presenters and recipients including:
- Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-It
- Martin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah Aarons
- Electronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton Howard
- Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope. This award will include the presentation of $100,000 to support the research of Stephen J. Forman, M.D. and his team.
Universal Music Publishing Group and Spotify will also present awards, with more information provided closer to the event.
For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.
This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.
To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify, visit cityofhope.org/music/songs.
Warner/Chappell’s Chairman and CEO Jon Platt will be honored by City of Hope at the annual Spirit of Life gala on Oct. 11. For more information and to purchase tickets to that event, visit cityofhope.org/mfei.