October 18, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif— Clive Davis, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam, Trevor Rabin (composer and vocalist of Grammy Award-winning group Yes) and music and entertainment industry giants committed to fighting cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases took part in Songs of Hope VIII, a special event and silent auction that supports lifesaving research at City of Hope. Held at exclusive House of Rock in Santa Monica, Calif., the Oct. 18 event will be emceed by Jimmy Jam and feature an intimate performance by Edmonds.

Recognizing their amazing careers as songwriters and composers, the Songs of Hope VIII award recipients will include the:
Clive Davis Legend in Songwriting Award presented to Edmonds
Electronic Arts Composer Award presented to Rabin

The exclusive Songs of Hope silent auction features rare and one-of-a-kind music and film experiences and autographed items, including the opportunity to bid on original sheet music to "Lay Lady Lay" autographed by Bob Dylan; lithographs of John Lennon's "On Cloud Nine" and "Ongakuku" ("Musician"); a Takamine guitar signed by the Eagles; autographed scores for "Hunger Games" and "Game of Thrones"; a guitar signed by Maroon 5; conductor's lead sheets for the Bobby Darrin song "That's All" with his notes; 4-person VIP scoring session experience with Danny Elfman for the movie "Oz: The Great & Powerful"; a Slash-signed guitar; and access to sound check, meet & greet, and VIP tickets to a Paul McCartney concert, to name a few.

David Renzer, president of Music Ventures at Saban Capital Group and co-event chair of Songs of Hope VIII, said, "Since its inception, Songs of Hope has been a unique event that has attracted tremendous support from the songwriter, publisher, music and entertainment industry. It's great to see that tradition of philanthropy continue with Songs of Hope VIII, and a big thanks to our partners at House of Rock."

"I am thrilled to be able to support City of Hope's incredible research and lifesaving treatment by co-chairing Songs of Hope VIII, which has always been one of the most enjoyable music industry events," said Doug Davis of The Davis Firm, co-event chair of Songs of Hope VIII.

"It's an honor to continue to be associated with the City of Hope whose sole purpose it is to better the quality of the lives of the people it touches," said Evan Lamberg, Songs of Hope VIII co-event chair and president, North America, Universal Music Publishing Group.

"The generosity of the music and entertainment industry allows City of Hope to create longer and healthier lives for people everywhere," said Britta Bucholz, senior director of development at City of Hope.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail/hors d'oeuvres reception and the ambiance of the exclusive House of Rock – a historic estate transformed into an unparalleled, exclusive media, pop culture, and live music experience.

Prior honorees and participants at Songs of Hope have included Ne-Yo, Desmond Child, Stevie Wonder,, Mark Mothersbaugh, The Doobie Brothers, Swizz Beats, Jermaine Dupri, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard, Lionel Richie, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, and many others.

Songs of Hope VIII music and entertainment platinum and presenting sponsors include Clive Davis, American Express, Electronic Arts, Peer Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Spotify, Universal Music Publishing Group, Stiletto Entertainment and VEVO. To date, Songs of Hope has raised over $2 million for City of Hope.

To inquire about purchasing tickets for this nearly sold-out event, visit or contact Mary Carlzen at City of Hope, 800-272-2310 or

About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education 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 based in Southern California and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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Music Unites aims to empower young high school teens through music across our country. We started off over three years ago in New York City bringing students from across the five boroughs in a studio and formed the Young Audiences New York Music Unites Youth Choir. With the success of this sustainable program, Music Unites grew to inspire more students through educational outreaches with artists such as Jonathan Batiste, Jaicko, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle and Kate Nash. Through fundraising initiatives with partners such as Rolling Stone magazine, Music Unites was able to launch the Music Unites Youth Choir Campaign, creating five after-school choir programs across NYC's boroughs with the first in the Bronx at the Women's Academy of Excellence.

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Special performances for the evening included Lianne La Havas, Shiny Toy Guns and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, John West, Cameron, Elaine Faye, Vauxhaul Broadcast, A House for Lions, Revivalists and Helena who all helped raise awareness for the cause. Other artists who stopped by included Billy Morrison (Camp Freddy), Cy Curnin (The Fixx), Yoshiki, Danny Masterson, Om'Mas Keith, The Revivalists, Filligar, Joe Gil, and Helena.

With a benefit at the House of Rock, Music Unites launched its first free after-school guitar program at Centennial High School in Compton. Guitar Center supported the cause by donating 30 Fender guitars and each student left with a brand new instrument in hand and excited to apply what they learned from the Warner Bros. Records "Be Your Own Muse," an educational workshop focused on educating students about the careers behind the music business. Hosted by Co-Founder of What's Trending Shira Lazar, the panel included a Q&A session with some of the most influential women in the industry including Warner Bros. Records recording artist Helena, Caroline Yim (Music Agent, ICM Partners) Julie Pilat (98.7, Assistant PD / Music Director KIIS Los Angeles), Michelle Jubelirer (Partner at King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner), Phylicia Fant (VP of Media Relations and Events at Warner Bros. Records) and Julie Muncy (VP of Radio Promotion at Warner Bros. Records) along with a songwriting workshop to follow at the House Of Rock studio with Helena and Music Unites Student Ambassador, Candace Lee Camacho, who has been involved with the charity's New York program for three years.

"Warner's 'Be Your Own Muse' initiative was a very powerful and monumental event, I was so blessed to be a part of it. The girls from Compton were ecstatic and astonished to find out the guitars were actually for them! They left our songwriting session motivated and empowered to play and write their own music. I love those young women - they are the future of our industry," said Camacho.

Helena said that the Music Unites event was "a glittering dream -- it was exciting to
bring such beautiful and talented minds together to share thoughts and imaginations."

This is exactly what Music Unites is about -- inspiring our musical community and empowering our students to use their creative minds and reach for success, despite all opposition. We're excited to share our work with the Los Angeles community and hope to embark on new philanthropic endeavors that empower the next generation of musicians.

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