The legendary musician and producer, Quincy Jones, has been presented with a Sacem medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music during a special ceremony in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, organized by the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (Sacem), one of the world’s leading collective management organizations.
Jones first rose to prominence as a jazz arranger and conductor in the 1950s before becoming one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century. However, he is now best known for his work as a composer and record producer for highly popular artists, such as Michael Jackson, Céline Dion, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.
With 79 nominations and 27 triumphant wins, Jones is now the most Grammy-nominated artist in history, and second in terms of all-time award wins.
He began playing the trumpet at the age of 12, going on to gain a scholarship at Seattle University and then at the Berklee College of Music. It was there that he received an offer to tour with Lionel Hampton and embarked upon his professional career.
In 1957, after a string of world tours, Jones eventually settled in Paris, where he lived for seven years. During this time, Jones studied classical composition with the famous French pianist, Nadia Boulanger.
In his later life, Jones has also become well known for his philanthropic endeavors through his charitable foundation. In 1985 he famously brought together a number of popular musicians to record ‘We are the World’, raising tens of millions for humanitarian relief in Somalia.
Jean-Claude Petit, Composer and Chairman of Sacem’s Board of Directors:
“The career and tremendous talent of Quincy Jones commands our respect and admiration. Composer, arranger, conductor, trumpeter and producer – he is the embodiment of a true artist and a living jazz legend and has made an indelible impact on music and cinema history. His artistic career is a beautiful symbol of freedom and an inspiration for all generations. We are delighted to present this award in Los Angeles, in the name of all the creators, publishers and members of Sacem.”