Brian Wilson 2005 Musicares Person Of The Year

Published: 2004-12-08
The 2005 Musicares Person of the Year Award will go to Beach Boy Brian Wilson for his accomplishments as a musician and humanitarian. Wilson will receive the award as part of Grammy Week celebrations on February 11th at a special dinner, concert and silent auction. Neil Portnow, President of the Musicares Foundation, had this to say of Wilson:

"We take great pride and joy in saluting Brian Wilson during Musicares' milestone 15th anniversary of providing a safety net for musicians everywhere. He embodies the positive spirit that comes from dedication, perseverance and creative brilliance; his contributions to the evolution of music are both legendary and profound. Brian and his music have the power to reach listeners across generations and deliver a musical experience that is timeless and unforgettable and that's exactly how this year's Person of the Year event will be on February 11."

The Musicares Foundation was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy and provides a safety net of assistance for music people in times of need. Musicares also acts to focus the attention and resources of the music community on human service issues that directly affect the music community. Brian Wilson has become deeply involved over the years with several such causes.

Wilson and the Beach Boys are the owners of more than two dozen top 40 hits (Fun Fun Fun, California Girls, I Get Around) and several critically acclaimed albums which earned them a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1988, but Wilson has battled many well publicized personal demons to get where he is today. He now devotes time and support to several charitable organizations including The Carl Wilson Foundation for cancer research (Brian's brother lost his battle with the disease in 1998), the Adopt-A-Minefield benefit, and Neil Young's Bridge School concert which raises money for communication and assistive technology that aids those with severe speech and physical impairments to better participate in their communities.

Writer: Joe Henley



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