City of Hope, an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, announced today (April 30) that its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group will present The Spirit of Life Award to Sylvia Rhone, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records.
The award is one of the most prestigious in the music industry and has been given to such noted figures as Jon Platt, Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris and Sir Lucian Grainge.
The award will be presented at a gala dinner in the Fall.
Rhone was appointed Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group in 1994, , the first African American woman to be named Chairman of a label owned by a Fortune 500 company.
During her decade-long tenure, she transformed the boutique label into one of the most eclectic and successful rosters in music.
Rhone guided the careers of legendary artists such as Missy Elliott, Metallica, Tracy Chapman, ACDC, Third Eye Blind, Natalie Merchant and Busta Rhymes, among others.
Rhone was recently promoted to Chairman and CEO of Epic Records at Sony Music.
“I’m honored to receive The Spirit of Life Award and proud to be included in such a distinguished group of past honorees.”
“I’m honored to receive The Spirit of Life Award and proud to be included in such a distinguished group of past honorees,” Rhone said.
“City of Hope’s extraordinary commitment and unparalleled approach to cancer and diabetes research and discovery of life-changing medical breakthroughs has impacted so many lives.
“I’m humbled to become part of such a heartfelt, inspiring mission and personally gratified to support its groundbreaking vision.”
“City of Hope is proud to honor Sylvia Rhone for her passion, her ability to inspire others, and her collaborative and inclusive leadership.”
Robert Stone, City of Hope
Robert Stone, president and CEO of City of Hope, added: “City of Hope is proud to honor Sylvia Rhone for her passion, her ability to inspire others, and her collaborative and inclusive leadership.
“A visionary leader of extraordinary character, she has blazed a trail across the music industry, and we are excited to recognize her outstanding work with our most prestigious philanthropic award.”Music Business Worldwide