An annual fundraiser to benefit EMP's youth programs, EMP's Founders Award features legendary performers who have made substantial contributions to the field of music.
Founders Award 2015 Honoree
The annual Founders Award Celebration is EMP Museum’s signature fundraiser, celebrating the life’s work of living legends while meaningfully contributing to the institution’s extensive education programs.
This year, EMP will honor iconic musician Jimmy Page. Together with honorary chairs Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, we are thrilled to honor Mr. Page’s exceptional influence on music history as a groundbreaking guitarist, legendary songwriter, and visionary producer.
This unique and unforgettable evening in honor of Mr. Page is EMP’s premier benefit event to support the museum’s youth artistic development programs. The evening will open with an elegant dinner and a thrilling live auction and culminate with an unforgettable concert as star musicians take the stage to pay tribute to Jimmy Page’s musical career.
At Founders Award, EMP proudly honors the artists whose contributions to music have touched the lives of many the world over. Founders Award has played host to a remarkable group of musical superstars, including: Jackson Browne; Billy Cox; Steve Cropper; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Buddy Guy; Robbie Roberton; Carlos Santana; and Ann & Nancy Wilson.
Since its inception in 2007, the Founders Award has raised more than $2,625,000 in support of vital youth development programming.
Benefitting EMP’s Youth Programs
Education is at the heart of EMP’s mission to celebrate and encourage imaginative thinking in people of all ages. EMP’s youth programs are essential to fostering our region’s cultural vibrancy, and sparking the next generation of dreamers:
- Sound Off! is the Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands, providing rising stars with industry mentoring opportunities and a public platform to share their music
- Curriculum Connections Outreach partners with underserved schools to provide artist residencies and hands-on arts lessons aligned with Common Core WA standards
- STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach) supports music ensembles of all genres through valuable coaching in the artistic skills necessary to perform in a professional capacity
- Teen Artist Workshops and Creativity Camps for Kids serve youth of all skill levels with courses that range from songwriting and instrumentation to music journalism and video game programming
2015 Event Committee
Michael J. Malone: Chair
Dr. James A. Bianco; Mark Dederer; Dana Frank; Ian Kerrigan; Liz McConnell; Mike McConnell; Ed Pierson; Dena Rigby; Amy Sprangers; Irene Yamamoto
Interested in learning more about EMP's Founders Award Celebration? Contact Bri Vanderlinden, Fundraising Event Manager, at BriV@EMPmuseum.org or 206-262-3244.
A special thank you to the generous sponsors and supporters of the 2015 Founders Award Celebration:
Rockstar Table Supporters
Rockstar Ticket Supporters
American Seafoods Group, Buster Brown, Steven and Stephanie Crosby, Dena Rigby Fine Arts LLC, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., Eaton, Stan and Mary Harrelson, Shalisan Foster, Beth Golder and Kerry McNeil, Charles and Cellene Graham, Janie Hendrix and Ryan Jackson, Clark Kokich and Lisa Strain, Lex Lindsey and Lynn Manley, Dot Nakama, Paul and Gayle Nordholm, Patty Savoy, Greg Simmons and Jeanette Brynn, Don and Wendy Swanson, Valley Electric, Warner Chappell, Zuli Lighting