Montblanc has announced that Quincy Jones will receive this years American Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at an exclusive ceremony on October 2nd 2012 in Los Angeles.
According to the official website, “Montblanc has been known for generations as a maker of sophisticated, high quality writing instruments. In the past few years, the product range has been expanded to include exquisite writing accessories, luxury leather goods and belts, jewellery, eyewear and watches.” Today, Montblanc operates in more than 70 countries.
The Montblanc Cultural Foundation was created in 1992. The foundation awards The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to patrons of the arts who have contributed exceptional time and energy to artists and their work, who have demonstrated a history of personal commitment to the arts and who believe that the general public should benefit from that support. An internationally renowned jury of artists will choose 12 winners from 12 countries out of 36 total nominees (3 nominees from each country).
Quincy Jones has dominated the music industry for over 50 years. Jones is less well known for his years dedicated to developing young talented musicians and preserving and maintaining the heritage of African-American music. He has backed, funded and founded several projects including The Institute for Black American Music (IBAM), The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) in Chicago and The Quincy Jones ‘Listen Up’ Foundation.
Jones’ more well known projects include co-producing and scoring The Color Purple (1984), producing Michael Jackson’s music video Thriller and musical composition for the TV miniseries Roots.
Quincy Jones will be awarded $20,000 which he has chosen to donate to The Jazz Foundation of America. The Jazz Foundation of America is committed to providing 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 and/or circumstance. Jones sits on the Honorary Founders Board and has committed countless hours to this cause.
In addition, Jones will also receive the Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 2012 Joseph II Writing Instrument, created to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the Awards. Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor from 1765 to 1790, was the eldest son of Empress Maria Theresa. Like Jones, Joseph was a lover and patron of the arts. He was known as the “Musical King”. During his term, Joseph ended censorship of the press and theatre. He also created scholarships for talented poor students, and allowed the establishment of schools for Jews and other religious minorities.
This years American jury included iconic writer Fran Lebowitz, fashion designer Michael Bastian, and concert pianist Lang Lang. Previous winners include Yoko Ono, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Susan Sontag.