Paquito D’Rivera, Nile Rodgers and Peter Yarrow will be honored by the National Music Council (NMC) at tomorrow’s 30th annual American Eagle Awards luncheon at New York’s Edison Ballroom.
The presentations will include tributes to the honorees by musical greats and special guests, according to NMC director Dr. David Sanders.
The American Eagle Award is presented each year in recognition of an individual’s or an organization’s long-term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. Notes Sanders: “It’s not just for the incredible gifts they have given generations of music lovers throughout the world with their creative output, but also for their dedication in encouraging young musicians–and potential musicians–through their great support and commitment to education.”
A special American Eagle Award will be presented to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in honor of its dedication to cultural and charitable endeavors designed to further the preservation, celebration and enhancement of American musical creativity and education.
Past American Eagle Award recipients include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Max Roach, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Leonard Slatkin, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe and VH1 Save
the Music Foundation.
Currently celebrating its 70th anniversary, the National Music Council offers a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and problems. It was founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinions and decisions of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in American life and culture.
The Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to nearly 50 national music organizations encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity. It promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools and in the lives of the general public.
Additionally, the Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations. Its annual “Leadership in Music” symposium, to feature a discussion with this year’s honorees, wil take place prior to tomorrow’s luncheon.
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