Eight-time Grammy winner Dolly Parton will be honored Feb. 8 at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, which raises funds for the Recording Academy’s charity that assists music people in times of financial, medical and personal need, it was announced Tuesday.
The 29th annual benefit gala will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center two nights prior to the 61st annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center.
Parton — the first artist from the Nashbille music community to be honored by MusiCares — is being recognized “for her considerable creative accomplishments and her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which, since 1996, has provided more than 100 million books to children from birth to 5 years of age in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K.,” according to the Recording Academy.
“Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists, so for us to have the opportunity to honor her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy.
“With her legendary talent, she has forged a career that spans decades, and her gifts as a performer resound on both stage and screen,” he said. “Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs.”
Parton said she was “so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year. It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can’t wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music.”
Michael McDonald, MusiCares’ board chair, said that in its last fiscal year, the nonprofit “provided more than $6.4 million to more than 8,500 members of the music industry — the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a single year in our charity’s history. We are confident that our 2019 Person of the Year tribute to Dolly Parton will help us raise the funds that sustain and expand our mission.”
The gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering luxury items, VIP experiences and celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests, followed by a dinner, live auction and tribute concert.
Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares offers health and human services and programs to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other critical illnesses; and access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources.
MusiCares also offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues; programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings; and holds weekly addiction support groups.
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