MORE THAN 400 ARTISTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EXECS GATHERED
TO HONOR AARON BAY-SCHUCK, JACQUELINE SATURN, TROY CARTER,
WALTER KOLM, AND ZIGGY MARLEY AT
CREATIVE COMMUNITY FOR PEACE’S SECOND ANNUAL
AMBASSADOR’S OF PEACE (AOP) AWARDS EVENT
‘CELEBRATING AMBASSADORS OF PEACE’ (AOP) EVENT
HELD ON SEPTEMBER 26 IN LOS ANGELES
Walter Kolm (former President of Universal Music Latino and now manages Maluma, Carlos Vives, and Wisin); Ziggy Marley (Grammy Award Winning Artist); Jacqueline Saturn (President, Caroline Music/CMG); Aaron Bay-Schuck (CEO/Co-Chairman Warner Records); Troy Carter (Founder of Q&A and Atom Factory).
On Thursday, September 26, Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) held its second annual “Celebrating Ambassadors of Peace” (AOP) event at the Holmby Hills home of noted entertainment attorney and CCFP Advisory Board member, Gary Stiffelman, Esq. (whose clients have included Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Yo-Yo Ma, Trent Reznor, Maroon 5).
In 2018, CCFP honored Scooter Braun, Geffen Records President Neil Jacobson and Warner Music Group executive Aton Ben-Horin. This year’s honorees were: Aaron Bay-Schuck (CEO/Co-Chairman Warner Records); Jacqueline Saturn (President, Caroline Music/CMG); Troy Carter (Founder of Q&A and Atom Factory); Walter Kolm (former President of Universal Music Latino and now manages Maluma, Carlos Vives, and Wisin amongst others); and special artist honoree, Ziggy Marley (GRAMMY Award-winning artist).
The honorees were chosen for their commitment to championing artistic freedom and advancing the idea that music and the arts are a powerful force for building cultural bridges. Through their work and influence, they have advanced coexistence to create a better future for all.
Among the many industry professionals supporting CCFP at the event were: Pulse Music Group co-CEO Josh Abraham, Warner Records EVP A&R Nate Albert, Saban Chairman and CEO Haim Saban, Warner Records SVP Urban Marketing Chris Atlas, WMG Global VP A&R Aton Ben-Horin, attorney Audrey Benoualid, manager Jason Bernard, Warner Records SVP A&R Eesean Bolden, WMG Creative Officer Mike Caren, Reservoir EVP A&R Donna Caseine, Big Deal co-President Jamie Cerreta, Warner Records EVP Promotion Michael Chester, Warner Records CEO/co-Chairman Tom Corson, manager Andy Gould, attorney Eric Greenspan, Capitol Music Group COO Michelle Jubelirer, Geffen Records SVP A&R Neil Jacobson, artist JoJo, Raised in Space CEO Zach Katz, Milk & Honey President/manager Lucas Keller, UMPG President North America Evan Lamberg, music publisher Nancy Matalon, Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel, RCA co-President Joe Riccitelli, Big Deal co-President Casey Robison (still not wearing any socks), attorney Aaron Rosenberg, Saban Chairman & CEO Haim Saban, artists Bonnie and Anita Pointer (Pointer Sisters), Warner Records EVP A&R Jeff Sosnow, Primary Wave President Justin Shukat, songwriter Justin Tranter, Warner Records consultant Lenny Waronker, songwriter Diane Warren, Atlantic Records President Film & TV Kevin Weaver, Alt 98.7fm and iHeartRadio VP Programming Lisa Worden, and Anthem VP Business Development David Weitzman.
Steve Schnur (CCFP Co-Founder & Worldwide Executive & Music President, Electronic Arts); Ziggy Marley (Grammy Award Winning Artist)
“CCFP is about the power of music and art and culture to bridge bridges of peace,” veteran music publishing executive and CCFP co-founder David Renzer said in his opening remarks at the event. “We believe in co-existence…We support the power of music to bring people together.”
Honoree Aaron Bay-Schuck praised CCFP and the power of music, saying, “This organization is not political. It understands that music is a force for change and that artists should not be threatened or silenced wherever they choose to perform …When an artist chooses not to perform in Israel—or anywhere in the world for that matter—we all suffer.”
The honorees spoke about their experiences in Israel as well. Jacqueline Saturn, who has been traveling to Israel every year for the past seventeen years said that “there’s no better place to witness unity than Jerusalem…Artists should always have the opportunity to connect with their [audiences] anywhere in the world…music has the ability to pierce through cultural barriers.”
Troy Carter mentioned the misconceptions he had about Israel the first time he traveled there with his former client, Lady Gaga. “I had a bias,” he said. “You see on the news, you think it’s going to be war torn, dangerous. We took the Navy Seals with us, we went over with all this security, and when we landed it was better than Miami Beach. We were swimming in the Mediterranean, floating in the Dead Sea, I [bought] fake Gucci on the street where Jesus walked…We’re lucky to get up every day and work on art that heals people. Music is the one thing that brings people together and we have to continue to champion that.”
Walter Kolm, whose clients regularly perform in Israel, said, “My days of being a metal head are behind me, but something I believe then and now: music belongs everywhere. It’s important for us to defend art in all its shapes and forms. Music should remain independent of other issues.”
The Marley family has long had a connection to Israel and a passion for using music to unite the world. “I’ve been going to Israel since I was a teenager,” honoree Ziggy Marley said. “Israel was a storybook place for us. We felt a connection to it through our father, through our beliefs,” he said. “I’ve been going back ever since. We don’t play in Israel for political reason, we play for the people [to] spread our message of justice, love and peace for all people… Going to Israel for me is no problem because we go for the people, not the politics.”
The evening concluded with performances by Donna Missile and JoJo, who brought out PJ Morton to perform their R&B hit, “Say So.”
JoJo (Warner Records artist)
About Creative Community for Peace:
Founded by entertainment industry executives, Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is a non-profit organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry who have come together to promote the arts as a means to peace, support artistic freedom, and counter the cultural boycott of Israel. CCFP is apolitical, and does not stand for any government official or party. Instead, CCFP believes in artists and their ability to affect lives and effect positive change.
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