Gerson, Platt Honored With Music Visionary Awards rss
On a day when music and service to the community were celebrated together, Jody Gerson and Jon Platt, two legends of the music publishing business, were honored as the latest recipients of UJA-Federation of New York’s Music Visionary of the Year Award.
More than 400 people crowded the Pierre’s ballroom for the program honoring Gerson, co-president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Platt, president, North America, Creative for EMI Music Publishing. The event was hosted by UJA-Federation’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Division.
Top names and faces in the popular music world filled the room as musician and American Idol judge Randy Jackson emceed the proceedings. “I’m really, really happy to be here to honor the work of UJA-Federation, a giant in the world of philanthropy,” Jackson said in kicking off the program.
Supporting Music Education
Money raised by the program goes to UJA-Federation and its Music for Youth initiative that supports music education and other projects for people who can’t otherwise afford them. Daniel Glass, a vice chair of UJA-Federation’s Entertainment Division and head of Glassnote Entertainment Group, thanked those attending for their support: “Knowing UJA-Federation is here for people of all backgrounds in New York and communities around the world is more than comforting. UJA-Federation and its network of agencies are able to fulfill their mission through your compassionate generosity.”
Presenting the award to Gerson, Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said, “A better music executive does not exist. But more than that, Jody is a fabulous mother, wife, and friend. She has always been someone who I’ve wanted on my team. And success always follows.”
Bandier read tributes to Gerson from just a few of the many artists she has signed and championed. Alicia Keys wrote, “She is the true definition of a superwoman.” And Lady Gaga, he said, remembered that “Jody took a chance on me when no one else would. I will never forget.”
Gerson thanked Bandier and UJA-Federation for the award, adding: “And thanks to everyone here who donated so generously to UJA-Federation. Asking for money is never easy. It’s especially not an easy thing in these challenging economic times.
Sean “Diddy” Combs gave Platt his award, calling him “the most influential music publisher in the business.” Combs added, “He views publishing as an art, and he’s a builder of relationships.”
“Close Your Eyes and Dream”
Platt said he was grateful for the award: “This has been an amazing experience because you become so involved” with UJA-Federation. He thanked his family, friends, and business colleagues for all their help through the years. And he recalled a key piece of inspiration years ago from a speech Combs gave, when he said “Don’t be afraid to close your eyes and dream, and then open them and see it.”
Fred Davis, vice chair of the Entertainment, Media & Communications Division, said, “As I look around the room, it’s really great to see so many music executives here today. This is a testament to you, Jody and Jon, and the unbelievable work of UJA-Federation of New York and Music for Youth.”
Besides the awards, the afternoon featured special performances by Nikki Jean, Lamont Dozier, and Cri$tyle.