UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP CHAIRMAN AND CEO DOUG MORRIS TO RECEIVE CITY OF HOPE'S 2008 SPIRIT OF LIFE AWARD
Los Angeles, California, February 11, 2008 - Doug Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Spirit of Life Award by City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry Group. The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor and recognizes individuals who have committed their time and resources to helping those in need. Spirit of Life Award honorees are selected for their notable contributions to their community and profession. The award will be presented at a gala dinner in the fall of 2008.
“I am deeply honored to serve as this year’s Spirit of Life recipient to help recognize the innovative research conducted at City of Hope to find a cure for cancer,” stated Mr. Morris. “City of Hope has provided the science behind four of the leading cancer drugs used today. I look forward to leading the industry in its support of this visionary institution.”
As Chairman and CEO of UMG, Mr. Morris is responsible for guiding the overall global activities of the world’s largest music company. UMG encompasses the development, marketing, sales and distribution of recorded music through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees in 77 countries around the world. UMG’s businesses also include the industry’s largest global music publishing operation, Universal Music Publishing Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Morris has worked with some of the most popular and influential artists of the past four decades including U2, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Pete Townshend, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Tori Amos, INXS and Mariah Carey, among many others. Mr. Morris serves on the boards of The Robin Hood Foundation, CASA Foundation, and is a director of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) awarded Morris with the President’s Merit Award. Mr. Morris also serves on the Vivendi Management Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation.
“City of Hope is honored to have the support of a remarkable industry leader like Doug Morris,” remarked Michael Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer, City of Hope. “His tireless dedication to his work and as a mentor to artists and executives alike is mirrored in his philanthropic commitment. Funds raised from the Spirit of Life campaign will enable our scientists and physicians to rapidly develop better treatments for cancer patients everywhere, and we are grateful for his leadership.”
Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope, and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative medical research and quality patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the Music and Entertainment Industry Chapter in 1973. In its 34 years of dedicated efforts, the Chapter has raised over $69 million.
For more information about City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry and the Spirit of Life Award, please call 800-544-3541, ext. 26540, or visit www.cityofhope.org/music.
About City of Hope
City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Center is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Its research in basic science influences the care and treatment of patients around the world. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's largest global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal South Records and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, Bravado, its visual rights and merchandising company, and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.