2018 Music, Film and Entertainment Industries Spirit of Life® Award Celebration Dinner Honors Jon Platt

Spirit of Life
Honoring Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO, Warner/Chappell Music
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Los Angeles, California
 
Hosted by Pharrell Williams
 
 
 

About Jon Platt

Jon Platt is Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, the longest-standing major music publishing company in the world, as well as a member of Warner Music Group’s Board of Directors. Over the course of an extraordinary career - beginning as a teenaged DJ in Denver, climbing the ranks at EMI Music Publishing, joining Warner/Chappell in 2012, and rising to his current post in 2015 - Jon has championed everyone from JAY-Z to Beyoncé, from Kanye West to Drake, from Usher to Rihanna, and from Brandy to Janet Jackson.
 
For more than two decades, Jon has demonstrated a gift for recognizing great songwriters early and providing the environment for their creativity to flourish over long, successful careers. He is also well known as an influential advocate for songwriters’ rights and an inspiring mentor for the next generation of executives.
Jon Platt Photo by Nadav Kander
Under Jon’s global leadership, Warner/Chappell’s “focus on putting songwriters first is putting Warner/Chappell first.”  The accomplishments of its songwriters have earned the company many top industry awards, including being named Publisher of the Year at BMI’s Pop Awards and R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, and all four of ASCAP’s most prestigious ceremonies: the Pop, Rhythm & Soul, Latin and, for five years running, the Country Awards. The company has broken records and made impressive market share gains in territories around the world, including being named No.1 music publisher in Billboard’s quarterly airplay rankings.
 
Jon has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MusiCares Foundation and sits on the Boards of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, the Motown Museum, and the Living Legends Foundation. His family actively supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—where his wife, Angie, serves on the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors and the International Board of Directors. In 2005, he launched the Big Jon Platt Scholarship Program, annually awarding three high school students from his hometown with college scholarships.
 
Jon has been featured on the Ebony Power 100 list and was named BRE Magazine’s “Man of the Year”. He has received the Visionary Award at the SESAC Pop Music Awards and been honored as the Music Visionary of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York. In 2017, he was presented with Morehouse College’s Candle Award in Music, Business, and Entertainment, the same year as Usher and Tyler Perry.
 
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