John Sykes To Receive Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award
October 8, 2013
Clear Channel President of Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes will receive the Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award at the 38th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala on October 22 in New York City. Sting and Bryan Adams will perform at the annual event, while President Bill Clinton, also a past T.J. Martell Foundation honoree, will present Sykes with the honor. The Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award is the T.J. Martell Foundation's most prestigious music industry honor and is awarded to a person who has made profound contributions to the music and entertainment industries.
"John Sykes is not only one of the music and entertainment industry's most extraordinarily talented leaders, but an exceptional human being who we are thrilled to be able to honor at this year's T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala," said Tony Martell, Founder & Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation. "With the help of John's influence this year, Sting and Bryan Adams are set to perform at one of our most important fundraisers of the year which helps us continue to provide cutting-edge research for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS."
Sykes has been a music and entertainment industry leader for over 30 years. Prior to joining Clear Channel, he built and operated a number of leading entertainment brands. He was a member of the original team that founded MTV in 1981 and spent 21 years at Viacom. He served as President of VH1 from 1994-2002 and Chairman and CEO of InfinityBroadcasting from 2002-2005. As the current President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, Sykes is responsible for developing new business partnerships and platforms across a range of media including television, digital platforms and live events. He also is co-executive producer of Clear Channel's annual iHeartRadio Music Festival. Sykes also has produced some of the world's biggest benefit concerts, such as 12-12-12 (A Concert for Sandy Relief), which raised over $53 million to support victims of Hurricane Sandy, and The Concert for New York City, which raised over $50 million to provide support for the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.