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AEG Presents’ Jay Marciano to Receive City of Hope 2024 Spirit of Life Award

AEG Presents chairman and CEO Jay Marciano will be honored with the City of Hope’s 2024 Spirit of Life Award, the cancer research and treatment organization has announced.


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“It’s deeply meaningful to be honored for this recognition,” says Marciano, a regular entry in Billboard’s Power 100 list. “Our industry’s work contributes to bringing the brightest minds in the world to make breakthrough medical discoveries — discoveries that give back the gift of time to people.”

The award is the charitable organization’s most prestigious honor and is presented those industry leaders who have made notable contributions to their community and profession.

Previous recipients from the music industry include Lyor Cohen, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Coran Capshaw, Eddy Cue, Clive Davis, Sir Lucian Grainge, Sylvia Rhone and more.

“I am honored to join this admirable group of Spirit of Life recipients,” Marciano adds, “and look forward to continuing the tradition of leaning on music, film and the arts to raise awareness of and funding for City of Hope’s important work against cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.”

City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry fundraising group will present Marciano with the award during a gala dinner this fall in Los Angeles.

A leader in the live entertainment business, Marciano began presenting shows in his 20s, before taking on senior leadership roles at Universal Concerts, AEG Europe and Madison Square Garden Entertainment, then returning to the AEG fold in 2011.

With Marciano at the helm, AEG Presents has promoted tours from many of the music industry’s biggest artists, including stadium juggernauts Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, and overseen a festival portfolio upwards of 30 brands from Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to Stagecoach, Electric Forest, British Summertime Hyde Park and more.

Marciano has also overseen the company’s global growth with the opening of several international offices and an expansion into Australia, Singapore, Japan and France.

In its 50-plus-year history, City of Hope’s MFEI group has raised over $150 million for good causes, specifically cancer research. Marciano has a reputation “as an industry leader who is eager to accelerate City of Hope’s mission and focus on making breakthrough discoveries that move us closer to putting an end to cancer,” said Kristin Bertell, chief philanthropy officer at City of Hope. “We look forward to partnering with him and the larger music community to develop new cures, save patient lives and ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to secure their highest level of health.”

The announcement launches City of Hope’s year-long fundraising initiatives that include the Taste of Hope in NYC in April, Future Hope Poker Tournament and Songs of Hope.

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