City of Hope’s Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry Group Announces its Inaugural
‘Sound of Hope’ Event Featuring Special Performances by AJR and Chelsea Cutler

City of Hope
Zen Logsdon
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Julia Rossen
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Taking place Sept. 14, 2022, in New York 

LOS ANGELES — City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States and a leading research center for diabetes, HIV and other life-threatening illnesses, announced today the inaugural Sound of Hope event, taking place on Sept. 14, 2022, at Brooklyn Steel in New York to support City of Hope’s compassionate, lifesaving cancer and diabetes research and treatment. The event will feature a special performance by Mercury Records recording artists AJR and Chelsea Cutler.

Sound of Hope brings together City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group with Republic Records founders, chief executives and brothers Monte and Avery Lipman for a special evening featuring musical performances by artists from Republic Records’ imprint Mercury Records. 

The goal is to raise support and awareness of City of Hope’s mission to continue to conduct innovative research and provide leading-edge, lifesaving treatments for people diagnosed with cancer and diabetes. Monte and Avery Lipman will also be honored at City of Hope’s 2022 Spirit of Life® Gala in Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2022. The Sound of Hope event kicks off a big week of fundraising for City of Hope, preceding the previously announced Taste of Hope event on Sept. 15. 

Referencing the event, AJR said, “We couldn't be more thrilled to perform at the first Sound of Hope, supporting City of Hope's continued research to improve the lives of so many patients around the world. Monte and Avery have given so much of their time and resources to supporting this incredible organization through the years, and we were honored to be invited to join them for this special occasion.”

Cutler added, “I am so honored and grateful to City of Hope, Monte and Avery for the opportunity to perform at the very first Sound of Hope event. City of Hope is such a great organization and does such important work, from research to treatment and more. I’m excited to be a part of their efforts.”

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About City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group
Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution's commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the nonprofit’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group in 1973.

In its 47-year history, the group has raised more than $130 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry. The dedication and determination of this group has earned it a revered place within a nationwide network of volunteer groups and chapters who give their time to support City of Hope’s research, treatment and educational programs.

About City of Hope
City of Hope's mission is to deliver the cures of tomorrow to the people who need them today. Founded in 1913, City of Hope has grown into one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the U.S. and one of the leading research centers for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. As an independent, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, City of Hope brings a uniquely integrated model to patients, spanning cancer care, research and development, academics and training, and innovation initiatives. Research and technology developed at City of Hope has been the basis for numerous breakthrough cancer medicines, as well as human synthetic insulin and monoclonal antibodies. A leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy, such as CAR T cell therapy, City of Hope’s personalized treatment protocols help advance cancer care throughout the world.

With a goal of expanding access to the latest discoveries and leading-edge care to more patients, families and communities, City of Hope’s growing national system includes its main Los Angeles campus, a network of clinical care locations across Southern California, a new cancer center in Orange County, California, scheduled to open in 2022, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. City of Hope’s affiliated family of organizations includes Translational Genomics Research Institute and AccessHopeTM. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and LinkedIn.

About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multiplatinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists, such as Ariana Grande, Bastille, Billy Porter, Bo Burnham, Clairo, Conan Gray, Daddy Yankee, Drake, Eddie Vedder, G Herbo, Glass Animals, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Kim Petras, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Swedish House Mafia, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, TXT, Twice and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, HYBE, Imperial, JYP, Lava Records, Universal Arabic Music, Victor Victor, XO and Young Money, among others. In addition, Republic is home to high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (“Sing and Sing 2”), Sony Pictures (“Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse”), Apple TV+ (“Coda”), Netflix (“Don’t Look Up”), MGM/UAR (“Licorice Pizza”) and NBC TV (“The Voice”), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Expanding further into content, Republic has launched Federal Films which produces films, television series, podcasts and documentaries. With projects that align with Republic’s artists and brand, Federal Films is building a diverse slate that will bring compelling stories to audiences around the world. Initial documentary releases include “Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You,” Jonas Brothers’ “Chasing Happiness” and Todd Haynes’ highly acclaimed “The Velvet Underground.”

About AJR
As brothers and as a band, AJR — Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met — complement one another in perfect harmony on and off-stage. This harmony courses through their inimitable, irresistible and imaginative alternative pop uplifted by expansive vision, epic instrumentation and the kind of hooks you can’t shake. It’s why the group has generated billions of streams across triple-platinum smashes “Bang!” and “Weak” as well as the double-platinum “Burn The House Down” and platinum singles “100 Bad Days, “Sober Up” and “I’m Ready.” It’s why they’ve landed back-to-back Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with Neotheater [2019] and OK Orchestra [2021]. It’s why they consistently sell out arenas with their Broadway-worthy live show. It’s why (like something out of a movie) they made the jump from their living room to late-night television. It’s why they’ve quietly stretched the boundaries and definition of what popular music can be in 2022 and continue to do so with the recent release of “I Won’t” off their forthcoming full-length debut for AJR Productions/Mercury Records/ Republic Records

About Chelsea Cutler 
Instantly relatable lyrics and handcrafted lo-fi soundscapes have established Chelsea Cutler as a quiet, yet disruptive, force for popular music. Within a few short years, the singer, songwriter, and producer went from bedroom-constructed uploads to 2 billion-plus cumulative streams and acclaim from Billboard, Variety, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, E! News, PAPER Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, UPROXX, Consequence, HYPEBAE, L'Officiel and more. In 2017, her breakthrough single “Your Shirt” paved the way for her debut EP, Snow In October. Leaving college shortly after, she hit the road alongside Quinn XCII at the top of 2018 before kicking off a prolific string of releases, including the independently released mixtapes Sleeping with Roses and Sleeping with Roses II, leading to two completely sold-out nationwide headline tours in 2018 and 2019 and appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and more. Signing to Republic Records in 2019, she uncovered undeniable chemistry with Jeremy Zucker on the collaborative brent EP, which spawned the platinum single “you were good to me.” Honing her style further, she unveiled her 2020 debut album, How To Be Human, featuring the breakout single “Sad Tonight.” Bringing the new music to fans across the country, she launched the sold-out “How To Be Human Tour” in early 2020, highlighted by two consecutive sellouts at Terminal 5 in New York City. In 2021, she reteamed with Zucker on the brent ii EP and notched another fan favorite anthem with “this is how you fall in love.” Along the way, the likes of Quinn XCII, Louis The Child, The Band CAMINO and Noah Kahan all teamed up with her for collaborations. In between, she lit up television with performances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “Today,” and she hit the road with Quinn XCII on their co-headline "Stay Next To Me Tour.” Most recently, Cutler kicked off her latest chapter with her sophomore album, When I Close My Eyes, out now. Following the critically acclaimed release, she embarked on her "When I Close My Eyes Tour" and made her debut performance at Coachella.