Music industry professionals made a rockin’ song of generosity to the tune of more than $850,000 raised at UJA-Federation of New York’s Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon on July 12 at the Pierre in Manhattan.At UJA-Federation's Music Visionary Lunch, (l to r): Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, honoree Rick Krim, Donald Glover, honoree Amy Doyle, Daniel Glass. Photo: Michael Priest Photography
More than 400 people turned out for the event, hosted by UJA-Federation’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Division, to honor Amy Doyle, executive vice president of music and talent for MTV, and Rick Krim, executive vice president of talent and music programming for VH1.
“Thanks to your generosity, UJA-Federation and its network of agencies are working to combat poverty for people in New York of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds,” said Daniel Glass, CEO of Glassnote Entertainment Group and vice chair of the Entertainment, Media & Communications Division.
“And through your generosity, UJA-Federation’s Music for Youth initiative provides access to music for underprivileged young people and has distributed nearly $3 million to more than 50 organizations since its inception,” Glass added. “The results of Music for Youth’s efforts and the proof of its effectiveness lie in the hearts of the thousands of students touched by the music-education programs it supports.”
Doyle spoke of a visit she and Krim took to the Bronx House Jewish Community Center, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation that provides music education for children, where they saw firsthand how music lessons are shaping the next generation aspiring to become musicians.At UJA-Federation's Music Visionary Lunch, (l to r): Rob Thomas, honoree Rick Krim, honoree Amy Doyle, Kiefer Sutherland. Photo: Michael Priest Photography
“It is an honor to share the spotlight with Rick, who is someone I have so much respect for,” Doyle said. “It is truly humbling to he here, and I appreciate all of you being here today in support of Rick, me, and UJA-Federation.”
Van Toffler, president of Viacom’s music and logo group who presented Doyle with her award, noted: “Amy is someone who fights for all of the right things and her integrity makes it an honor to work by her side. She is an unparalleled giver to kids, friends, and family.”
Singer and songwriter Pink also made a toast to Doyle: “Amy is one of the rare, strong, and sane voices in the music industry.”
From Disaster Relief to Music Education
Krim graciously acknowledged sharing the award with Doyle and added, “I’ve had the pleasure of attending this lunch for the past several years and have been greatly educated about how UJA-Federation helps people all over the world, from disaster relief to music education for kids.”
Music industry veteran Judy McGrath presented Krim with his award and said she was standing there for UJA-Federation and for Krim, an organization and an individual who she said are more relevant and necessary than ever in today’s world.Singer and songwriter Pink, at UJA-Federation's Music Visionary Lunch. Photo: Michael Priest Photography
Actor Kiefer Sutherland also added a toast to Krim: “I just want to take a moment to raise a glass to one of my dearest friends for his love of music and integrity as a friend.”
Actor, comedian, and writer Donald Glover served as M.C. and told the guests that the funds raised will go a long way toward caring for people in need and improving the quality of life of many underprivileged young people who would be without access to the world of music .
The event featured three musical performances: Walk the Moon and their song “Anna Sun”; Rebecca Ferguson and her song “Nothing’s Real But Love”; and Rob Thomas performing “Dancing in the Dark,” a Bruce Springsteen standard in tribute to Krim, a longtime Springsteen fan.