The ASCAP Foundation will honor recording artist, producer and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Richard Marx with its Champion Award in recognition of Marx’s deep commitment and wide range of activities that make a difference in the lives of children afflicted by disease, poverty and homelessness. In addition, Joel Grey –the Tony and Oscar Award-winning actor, song and dance man, director, photographer and author — will receive the George M. Cohan/Friars Foundation Award, for his multifaceted career and success.
The accolades will be presented at The Foundation’s 20th annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Appell Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City on Wednesday, December 9, 2014. ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Colleen McDonough will host the event.
Commenting on the awards to Marx and Grey, Williams said: “Richard Marx has created a body of impressive and deservedly successful music. It is appropriate that we also recognize his meaningful and very tangible efforts to help disadvantaged children. Joel Grey is a consummate entertainer — singer, dancer, actor, director, and writer — a toweringly talented individual whose legendary status is fully deserved and undeniable. He is a natural choice for the Cohan/Friars Foundation Award.”
A native of Chicago, Richard Marx has strongly impacted popular music over the course of his nearly three-decade career. His recordings have sold more than 30 million copies around the world. He enjoyed fourteen #1’s on various charts and remains the only male artist in Billboard chart history to have his first seven singles reach the top 5 (including “Don’t Mean Nothing, “ “Satisfied,” “Hold on to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting”). Marx has also been successful as a songwriter and/or producer for other artists, and in 2004, he received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for co-authoring Luther Vandross’s “Dance with My Father.” His charitable efforts include raising money for the Children of the Night Foundation, donating royalties to the New York University Medical Center to help pediatric cancer patients, and headlining benefit concerts for such charities as the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics.