2017 MusiCares Person of the Year: Tom Petty

photo: Neal Preston

THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER TOM PETTY TO BE HONORED AS 2017 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR AT 27TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE

Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation® and its Vital Safety Net of Health and Human Services Programs for Music People will be held During GRAMMY® Week on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Alexandra Patsavas, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 27th annual benefit gala dinner and concert—to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®—will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

A three-time GRAMMY winner, Petty is being honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.

"Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go," said Portnow. "His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event."

"I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry," said Petty. "I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor."

Petty formed his first bands in Gainesville, Fla. As a college town in the '60s, Gainesville brought with it fraternity parties, rock and roll clubs, AM radios playing the Beatles and James Brown, and a music store where you could buy equipment on credit. Forty years after releasing his first album, Petty is widely recognized as a man for whom those things Gainesville offered still matter the most. In each of his five decades as a recording artist, Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. His most recent recording with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, entered at No. 1.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Petty is an artist whose approach to record making and the business itself has earned the respect of his peers, his predecessors, and the young musicians who regularly hold him as an exemplar. His collaborators have included Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Rick Rubin, and Del Shannon, among others. And while his solo recordings, including 1989's Full Moon Fever and 1994's Wildflowers, are frequently ranked among the most important of their respective eras, Petty has always returned to the job he's favored: fronting one of rock and roll's most celebrated bands and bringing them enough songs for the next album.

Repeatedly confronting the inequities of the artist's side of the industry, Petty has assumed a special place as a musician looking out for other musicians, and an artist who approaches every recording project as if it might be his best.

"Tom Petty is an icon whose incomparable artistry has provided inspiration to fans and musicians all over the world," said Patsavas. "To honor him with this tribute is so fitting, and we certainly look forward to an exciting and extraordinary evening."

The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians. This year, for the first time, a limited number of VIP experience tables will be available for $75,000 that include: 10 seats, artist soundcheck, red carpet access, backstage access with a meet–and-greet, access to the pre-show auction, and a special VIP lounge. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" MusiCares on Facebook, follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards—the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music—The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers, and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, "like" The GRAMMYs on Facebook and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777.

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MusiCares would like to thank the following table sponsors (to date):

  • ACS Custom USA
  • Acura/ELS
  • AEG Global
  • AEG Live
  • Jay Alix /Una Jackman
  • Altheida Mayfield
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Another Planet Entertainment
  • APA Agency
  • ARDA
  • ASCAP
  • John Bendheim
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Alexander Beloborodov
  • BET Networks
  • Bill Silva Entertainment
  • Black Entertainment Television
  • Lawrence Blatt
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bohemian Foundation
  • BOK Center
  • Bounce Event Marketing
  • Brookfield
  • Bulova
  • C3 Presents
  • Caron Renaissance/Ocean Drive
  • CBS
  • CC Capital
  • Center Staging
  • Chiat Day
  • Leslie & Dale Chihuly
  • City National Bank
  • CMA
  • Concord Music Group
  • Concord Bicycle Music
  • Converse
  • Cool Freakin Genius
  • Cooper Family
  • Creative Artist Agency
  • Cumberland Heights Foundation
  • Curtis Mayfield Foundation
  • Diana and Angelina Chu
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Deloitte
  • Downtown Music Publishing
  • DoubleLine Capital
  • Double Platinum Swag
  • Electronic Arts
  • Facebook
  • Foo Fighters
  • Fox Rothschild
  • Jonathan M. Forster
  • FrameEx
  • FTA Events and Marketing
  • Gelfand Rennert & Feldman LLP
  • Fuse Media
  • Susan Genco
  • Gibson Foundation
  • Glidepath
  • Even Greene
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • GSO Business Management
  • Bernard Gudvi
  • Harman International
  • Harrisongs
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Rick Holz and Jan Stanton
  • Honda Center
  • IBM
  • ICM Partners
  • Intel
  • J. McClelland Cellars
  • Journeys
  • Kings of Leon
  • LASEC
  • The Legacy Foundation
  • Live Nation
  • Loeb & Loeb
  • Loews Hotels
  • Luna Gardens
  • Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Mastercard
  • Bill McGlashan
  • Jason Mraz
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP
  • Music Choice
  • Music for Awareness
  • NARAS
  • The Nareit Foundation
  • NMPA
  • Northbound Treatment Center
  • Orbitune
  • Pandora
  • Paradigm
  • Patsavas
  • PCH Treatment Centers
  • People Magazine
  • Pernod Ricard
  • P&G Beauty
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Neil Portnow
  • Emanuel Quinn
  • RBC
  • The Recording Academy
  • Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.
  • Redlight Management
  • Joe Robertson
  • Reservoir Media Management
  • RIAA
  • RPM Productions
  • SAG-AFTRA
  • Scott K Ginsburg and Friends
  • SESAC
  • Brian Sheth
  • Shout! Factory
  • Gary Smith
  • SONGS Music Publishing
  • Sony ATV
  • SoundExchange
  • Spotify
  • STAPLES Center
  • Startford Construction Limited
  • Richard Starkey
  • Sweetwater
  • Sydney D. Holland Foundation
  • Target
  • Time, Inc.
  • Tom Petty.
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • United Airlines
  • United Media Agency
  • United Talent Agency
  • Universal Music Group
  • Vector Management
  • Viacom
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Warner Music Group
  • Westwood One
  • William Morris Endeavor
  • YouTube
  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP

MusiCares would like to thank the following auction donors (to date):

  • 2BPR, Inc.
  • 5 Carrots
  • 71Above
  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs
  • ACS Custom USA
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Adam Block - Sony Music
  • AEG Global Partnerships
  • AEG Live Las Vegas
  • Aimee Kestenberg
  • Aja Malibu
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Alexander Jean
  • Alexandra Clancy
  • Alix of BOHEMIA
  • ALOHA Collection
  • Alor
  • Amanda Keidan Jewelry
  • Amanda Pearl
  • American Cinematheque
  • Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center
  • Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
  • Anastasia Soare
  • Andaz West Hollywood
  • Anonymous
  • Aoki Foundation
  • Apple Records
  • Aqua Expeditions
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Art of the Game
  • ashlyn'd
  • Barbara Hollander
  • Be! Products
  • Belinda Leigh/Gallerie 505
  • Bell Wine Cellars
  • Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
  • Bernie Taupin
  • Bill Silva Entertainment
  • Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Blue Man Group
  • Blue Plate Restaurant Group
  • Bob Gruen
  • Bob Masse Studios, Inc.
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Brad Garrett's Comedy Club
  • Brazilian Blowout
  • Brent's Deli
  • Brighton Collectibles
  • broadway
  • Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
  • Burger Lounge
  • California Animal Rehabilitation
  • Calleen Cordero Design
  • Canyon Ranch
  • CAPITAL ART, INC
  • Capital Brands, LLC
  • Capriotti's
  • Carroll & Co.
  • Celebrity Facialist Angela Caglia
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Chaser
  • Chavez for Charity
  • Chaya Restaurant Group
  • Cheri Elizabeth
  • Chihuly Studio
  • Chiropractic Associates of Beverly Hills
  • Chocolate Sun
  • Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
  • Christopher Polk and Getty Images
  • Church & State
  • Cleo L.A. LIVE
  • ColorProof Evolved Color Care
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Concord Bicycle
  • Concord Music Group
  • Craig Shelly
  • Craig's
  • CSNY Recordings
  • Cynthia Desser
  • Da Capo Press
  • Dan Tana's Restaurant
  • Dana Louise Kirkpatrick
  • Danny Clinch Photography, Inc.
  • Dave Koz
  • David Fishof
  • David Isaacs, M.D.
  • David Snowden
  • Davo
  • deborah lippmann
  • Del Frisco's Grille
  • Desolation Row Guitars
  • Deux Amies USA
  • Deux Lux
  • Disneyland
  • Don Henley
  • Donald Robertson
  • Dorothy The Organizer
  • DreamDry
  • Duff's Cakemix
  • Eddie Borgo
  • Elite Island Resorts
  • Elizabeth Weinstock
  • Elle King
  • Epicuren Discovery
  • Equinox
  • Eric Javits, Inc.
  • Erik Kabik
  • Esperanza An Auberge Resort
  • ESQUELETO
  • Essential Faith Oil
  • Etnia Barcelona
  • Even and Daniel Dugan
  • Exhale Spa
  • Ezulwini
  • Factor's Deli
  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
  • Fathom Events
  • Fender Guitars
  • Flash Tattoos
  • Four Seasons Resort Lana'i
  • Frances Valentine
  • Francine Turk Studio, LTD
  • Freda Salvador
  • Fresh Brothers
  • Garnier Fructis
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
  • Gerben Fine Art
  • Giacomino Drago
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Gretsch Guitars
  • Halper Fine Art
  • Harman
  • Harrisongs
  • Hatch Show Print
  • Heart
  • HEMPZ
  • High Camp Supply
  • Hilton Universal City
  • Hollywood Swag Bag
  • Hotel Bel-Air
  • Hotel Casa Chameleon
  • House of An
  • Hutton Hotel
  • Ian Ciappara
  • ic! berlin
  • Il Fornaio
  • Il Piccolino
  • Imanta Resorts
  • Inkaterra
  • Innovative Dining Group
  • Jack Larson (Guitars)
  • Jackson Browne
  • Jacquie Aiche
  • James Fortune
  • James Taylor
  • Jamie L. Kovacs
  • Janet Reynolds
  • JBL by HARMAN
  • Jed Leiber
  • Jeff Lynne
  • Jennifer Haley Handbags
  • Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry
  • Jerry F. Sharell
  • Jerry Schatzberg
  • Jewelry by Meredith Berlin
  • JH Design Group
  • Jim Wayne Salon
  • Joe Benincasa
  • Joey Vela
  • John Allans at Saks 5th ave Beverly Hills
  • John Charles/REBELLION AND TRUTH
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Joie
  • Jose Eber
  • Josh Groban
  • Jun Aquino
  • Justin's
  • Kai Fragrance
  • Kami Lerner Jewelry
  • Kendra Scott
  • Kevin Dorey
  • Kevin McCabe
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
  • KIND Snacks
  • King's Seafood Co.
  • Kirk West Photography
  • KLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services
  • Kopari Beauty
  • La Dolce Vita
  • La Jolla Music Society
  • LA Opera
  • LA Phil
  • Lady Antebellum
  • LAFCO New York
  • Larry Rudolph
  • Le Parc Suite Hotel
  • Leah Alexandra
  • Legend of Lido
  • Libby
  • Limelight Agency
  • Lindsey Best
  • Linnea's Lights
  • Lionette by Noa Sade
  • Liss Gallery
  • Lizzy Couture Vintage Jewelry
  • Lo & Sons
  • Loews Hotels
  • Loog Guitars
  • Loree Rodkin
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Louis Messina
  • Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel
  • Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
  • Lynn Ban
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Magicopolis
  • Magnolia Bakery
  • Maiyet
  • Mandarin Oriental, Miami
  • MantraBand LLC
  • MARA HOFFMAN
  • Marc Edward Skincare
  • Marc Malin Photography
  • Marchon Eyewear
  • Marie Turnor
  • Marissa Webb
  • MARTON VARO
  • Mary Frances Accessories
  • Mary Lai
  • Master & Dynamic
  • McKenzie Art Studio
  • Meal and a Spiel
  • melamed
  • Melissa's Produce
  • Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Michael Aram
  • Michael Hall Fine Art
  • Michael Kors
  • Michael Rooker
  • Midnight Rider
  • Miles Davis Properties, LLC
  • Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
  • Mingquan Lorber, Elizabeth Boeck
  • Modern Pet Portraiture by Diana Lundin
  • Mondrian Los Angeles
  • Monnalisa BH
  • Montage Beverly Hills
  • Morrison Hotel Gallery
  • Mr. Chow Beverly Hills & Malibu
  • Mr. Musichead Gallery
  • Mumi
  • Murphy Minix Beauty
  • Murray Celebrity Magician
  • MusiCares
  • Musso & Frank Grill
  • Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
  • Nan and Joe Benincasa & The Actors Fund
  • Nashville Symphony
  • NERVANA, LLC
  • Nespresso USA
  • Nestle USA
  • NIXON
  • Norman Harris
  • Northskull
  • Not Rational
  • NYX Professional Makeup
  • Olie Biologique
  • Olive and Tuesday
  • Olivia Harrison
  • Original Tommy's Hamburgers
  • Otium
  • OUE Skyspace LA
  • P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle And You
  • Palacio Belmonte, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Parachute Home
  • Paul Solberg
  • Peju Province Winery
  • Pennyroyal Studio
  • People
  • Peter Max
  • Petit Ermitage
  • Physique 57
  • Pink's Famous Hot Dogs
  • Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Playlist. Yoga
  • PledgeMusic/Tom Fontaine
  • Porta Via
  • Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort
  • Portraits in Prose, ink
  • POW Entertainment
  • Pressed Juicery
  • PSG
  • Pucker Makeup & Eyelash Extensions
  • Pyrrha
  • Quality Food & Beverage Restaurant
  • RADD Gift Package
  • Ramy Brook
  • Randy Newman
  • Reptile Sun LLC.
  • Rewined & Produce Candles
  • Rhino Entertainment
  • Ringo & Barbara Starkey
  • Roclord Studio Photography Pasadena
  • Rodney Mullen
  • Roger Burnley Voice Studio
  • Ron & Stacy Robinson
  • Roots
  • Rosalinde Blake
  • Rough Studios
  • Rowdy Sprout
  • Ryan Muir
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Salt & Straw
  • Salt's Cure
  • Sama Eyewear
  • Samantha Marble
  • San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice
  • San Ysidro Ranch
  • Sandro Paris
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Sarah Miller, Portraits in Prose, ink
  • Schuyler Hoversten
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood
  • sérumtologié®
  • Sheila Campeau Designs - Angelprints Jewelry
  • Shepard Fairey
  • Silver Oak Winery
  • Simm's Restaurant
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • SkinBetter Science
  • SLS Hotel Beverly Hills
  • Small Luxury Hotels of the World Management Inc
  • Snowden Industries
  • Soho Salon
  • Soneva
  • Sonki Fitness
  • Soul Sliderz
  • South Point
  • Splendid
  • Spring
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Spruce & Bond
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach
  • STATION CASINOS
  • Stephanie Johnson
  • Sting
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Sunset Marquis
  • Surface Hair
  • Sword & Plough
  • Taj Mahal
  • Takami Sushi
  • Terry Fator
  • The Allman Brothers Band Museum At The Big House
  • The Bangles
  • The Beverly Hilton
  • The Brander Vineyard
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • The Crescent Hotel
  • The Empty Vase Florist of Los Angeles
  • The Grill on the Alley
  • The Head and the Heart
  • The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel
  • The Jerry Garcia Foundation
  • The Les McCann Foundation
  • The London West Hollywood - Jeff Kulek (Gomera Management)
  • The Lumineers
  • The Pasadena Playhouse
  • The Peninsula Beverly Hills
  • The Phoenician
  • The Raven Spa
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
  • The Sak Brand Group
  • The Spa On Rodeo
  • The Springs Resort & Spa
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach - Ian Ciappara
  • The Stafford London
  • The Standard, Downtown LA
  • The Tasting Kitchen
  • The Wayfarer
  • Tools by Gina - Infrared Styling Tools
  • Topgolf Las Vegas
  • Traci Loving
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Twisted Silver
  • Umami Restaurant Group
  • Unearthen - Gia Bahm
  • United Airlines
  • USC Associates
  • Valleybrink Road
  • VAMPLIFIED
  • VEDA
  • Vegas Indoor Skydiving
  • Velvet Eyewear
  • Village Pizzeria
  • Vinrella
  • VSA Designs
  • Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Warner Bros. Records
  • Washington Square Hotel
  • WEN Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean
  • Westime
  • Westside Aesthetics
  • Whimsical Charm
  • Winsome
  • Xian
  • XIV KARATS
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Ziggy and Orly Marley
  • Zildjian Company