What have you learned from the songwriters and artists you’ve worked with?
I’ve been lucky to work with artists and songwriters that work hard. Look at someone like Pharrell, who has never stopped working, through the good days and the not-so-good days. That’s why when it came back around for him, it wasn’t like he was getting back on the bike — he was still on the bike.
I love people like that; I get inspired. I’ve worked with artists and songwriters in different genres, male, female, black, white, whatever. The cream of the crop all do the same thing: outwork everybody else. Look at [songwriter] Justin Tranter. In achieving his success, he never lets you forget where he comes from and he never lets you forget about his community. So who am I not to do the same?
Two years after being honored with an award himself, Pharrell Williams returns to City Of Hope‘s Spirit of Life celebration — this time to host the gala, which will honor Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, Jon Platt. “I’m honored to join my good friend Jon to support the groundbreaking and life-saving advances at City of Hope,” Williams said in a statement. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with this amazing organization before, and I’m looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic event.”
Each year, the acclaimed nonprofit center, City Of Hope, hosts the Spirit of Life gala to recognize philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film or entertainment. The organization, which provides research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, will be presenting Platt with City of Hope’s highest honor at this year’s event in Los Angeles on Oct. 11. Other notable figures who have won the prestigious award include Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris, and Sir Lucian Grainge.
At SESAC’s 19th Annual Pop Awards in NYC, May 4, 2015, one of the evening’s major highlights was the presentation of the distinguished Visionary Award to Jon Platt, President, North America, for Warner/Chappell Music by legendary hip-hop artist and Public Enemy founder, Chuck D. Called “Publishing’s Pied Piper” by the Hollywood Reporter, Platt has long been recognized as one of the most revered executives in the music industry.
Jay-Z, Pharrell, Beyoncé & Co.
The stars came out to celebrate the 50th Birthday of veteran publishing executive “Big” Jon Platt at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills on Sunday night. Mr. and Mrs. Carter were both in the house. Jay-Z toasted his longtime friend, who signed him to EMI Publishing in 1996, with a heartfelt speech, while Beyoncé sang “Happy Birthday.”
Pharrell & JoiStaRR
The intimate dinner also brought out Pharrell, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, and Mary Mary. Celebs took to the photo booth to snap memories, while DJ D-Nice worked the turntables. Prior to joining Warner/Chappell Music in 2012, Platt spent 17 years at EMI, signing artists such as Kanye West, Drake, and Usher.
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