With a deep love of music and keen commitment to philanthropy, Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman are music executives who personify leadership at its best. On June 24th, 600 music industry professionals turned out to honor the brothers, founders of Republic Records, at UJA-Federation of New York’s Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon. The event raised more than $1 million to support UJA-Federation’s work.
The event, held at The Pierre in Manhattan, paid tribute to Avery, president of Republic Records, and Monte, the label’s CEO. They each received the 2015 Music Visionary of the Year Award that was introduced by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Mellencamp.
“Today is a testament to these two brothers and their commitment to giving back, their dedication to community, and their passion for making a difference,” said Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York, who emceed the luncheon.
The brothers’ commitment to social responsibility was shaped by the hard times their family faced in their youth that left them in need of government assistance and food stamps, Monte explained.
“The money raised today will help those less fortunate, which is near and dear to our hearts,” he said, and added that the hardships he and his brother faced inspired their basic principles: “Not accepting given circumstances, becoming resourceful, and that it’s okay to ask for help.”
During their recent visit to see youth programs at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation, Avery recalled how he was again inspired by the impact of philanthropy.
“I saw ourselves in their faces, and a reminder that with devoted people along the way, anything is possible,” he said. “When you see the good works of fundraising, it really makes a difference, and we want to thank everyone in the room.”
Avery and Monte also thanked their staff, strategic partners, “loving and caring wives, and remarkable children.”
“Great Example for Our Community”
Their close relationship in business and in life is unique and earned acknowledgement during a video tribute by Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group.
“Congratulations on receiving this honor,” Grainge said. “It’s unusual to see two brothers so close, great friends, and partners. Both of you are loyal, entrepreneurial, driven, and focused, with incredible career achievements.”
Daniel Glass, founder and president of Glassnote Entertainment Group and one of the vice chairs of UJA-Federation’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Executive Committee, also noted the brothers’ teamwork.
“Together you’re a great example for our whole community, showing us what are the good things that happen when we work together seamlessly,” Glass said.
He reflected that UJA-Federation, through a network of nearly 100 beneficiary agencies, helps people with many difficult parts of the human experience, from hunger to homelessness. He added that UJA-Federation’s Music for Youth Initiative provides quality music education programs for thousands of children.
After a rousing performance by The Weeknd of his new single “Can’t Feel my Face” and hit song “Earned It,” John Mellencamp paid tribute to Avery and Monte.
“I have a great deal of respect for these guys,” he said. “And I’m happy to be here at this event for UJA-Federation, which helps people dealing with so much.”