Montblanc has honoured musician Quincy Jones with its Montblanc de la Culture Award, celebrating his 50 years in the music industry.
Jones was given his award at a ceremony at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Previous winners of the award include Yoko Ono, the Prince of Wales, Susan Sontag and Queen Sofia of Spain. This year’s award recipients also included Renzo Piano of Italy and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award was established to honour and support individuals who have given exceptional time, energy, and funds to artists and their work.
To be chosen to win the award, a patron must demonstrate not only a history of personal commitment to the arts, but also a concern that the wider public should benefit as a result of that support.
Jones has backed, funded, and founded numerous projects including IBAM, The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) and The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation.
Jones received $20,000 that he is set to donate to The Jazz Foundation of America which provides jazz and blues musicians with financial, medical, housing, and legal assistance as well as performance opportunities, with a special focus on the elderly and veterans who have paid their dues and find themselves in crisis due to illness, age or circumstance.