By Gina Yarbrough
Santa Monica, CA–MusiCares has named Jon Bon Jovi as the 2024 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The frontman and founder of the Grammy award-winning band Bon Jovi will be honored at the 33rd annual Person of the Year benefit gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 2.
“MusiCares is thrilled to honor Jon Bon Jovi at the 2024 Person of the Year Gala,” said Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares. “His remarkable contributions to rock and roll have not only left an indelible mark on the music industry but also in the hearts of countless fans around the world. Furthermore, his long-standing commitment to serving food-insecure and unhoused individuals inspires us all. We’re looking forward to celebrating him and the many ways he has made a difference in this world.”
In addition to Jon Bon Jovi’s extensive musical achievements, the 11th-time Grammy nominee was recognized for his philanthropic work on human rights issues. In 2006, he established the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting the cycle of hunger, poverty, and homelessness. The organization’s objective is to recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by hunger, poverty, and homelessness by offering programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs.
“I’m truly humbled to be this year’s MusiCares honoree. MusiCares’ work with music professionals is vitally important in creating much-needed support and wellness programs that cultivate a healthier and more vibrant community for us all.” Jon Bon Jovi said. “Philanthropic work has been a cornerstone of my life and has always run in tandem to my music career and achievements. Nearly two decades ago when I formed the JBJ Soul Foundation and JBJ Soul Kitchens, I saw firsthand and continue to see today the impact of charitable community-based work. I know this for sure: helping one’s community is helping one’s self.”
Jon Bon Jovi joins a list of recent MusiCares honorees including Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, and Dolly Parton.
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. It includes a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and tribute concert, featuring renowned musicians and other artists paying tribute to Jon Bon Jovi.
Since 1991, proceeds from the gala have benefited MusiCares health and human services programs that assist the music community with physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventive clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief.
Proceeds from the gala will provide essential support for MusiCares, the leading music charity providing music professionals with health and human services across a spectrum of needs.
The event’s sponsors include AEG, ELS Studio, 3D Premium Audio, and Wasserman Foundation.
The 66th annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Crypto.com Arena on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles.