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The award honors industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts, the Foundation said in announcing the honors.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s third annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefit takes place Nov. 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The event will also recognize Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga with Artists Inspiration Awards for their philanthropic work.
“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vital safety net for artists throughout their careers. We believe that the contributions made by performing artists to our society are not only valuable, but essential, and it’s not only the arts, but the artists who need a community of support,” SAG-AFTRA Foundation president JoBeth Williams said. “Jeffrey Katzenberg and Spike Lee are two leaders within our industry who have created opportunities, opened doors, nurtured careers and provided jobs to countless artists. They understand the value of artists — and the arts — to transport us to worlds that we have never seen before and tell stories that have never been told before. Mr. Lee and Mr. Katzenberg are innovators, leaders and champions of the arts, and of artists, and could not be more deserving of our Patron of the Artists Awards.”
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