SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION TO HONOR HARRISON FORD AND LADY GAGA WITH “ARTISTS INSPIRATION AWARD”
LOS ANGELES (September 4, 2018) – The SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION announced today it will bestow this year’s Artists Inspiration Awards to legendary actor Harrison Ford and superstar performer and actor Lady Gaga at the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards to be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation annually honors two artists who have used their platform to advance humanitarian and philanthropic causes with Artists Inspiration Awards. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Artists Inspiration Award honorees include Leonardo DiCaprio, Lionel Ritchie, and Kate Winslet.
“We are honored to recognize two of the most iconic and beloved artists worldwide who have not only made indelible impacts on our culture and the arts, but who have chosen to use their influence to make a difference for others,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams. “Harrison Ford is an acting legend in every known galaxy, but what many do not know are the decades of philanthropic service and leadership he has given to Conservation International to help protect our planet. Lady Gaga, whose monster career as a performer and actor has won her hundreds of millions of fans around the world, has also worked tirelessly on behalf of young people, focusing on mental wellness and building a kinder, braver world through her Born This Way Foundation. Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga are shining examples of how extraordinary success and true legacy are about creating a better world.”
For over 25 years, Ford has championed the environment through his support of Conservation International where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Conservation International is a nonprofit group that protects biodiversity in trouble spots internationally. In addition, Ford has actively supported charities including Riverkeeper, Young Eagles, EarthShare and Restore Hetch Hetchy.
Lady Gaga is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable performers and has established herself as a respected singer, songwriter, and actor. In 2008, Gaga rose to fame after releasing the chart-topping album “The Fame,” for which she received two Grammy® Awards. Her follow-up EP, “The Fame Monster,” also was nominated and won numerous accolades including a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Gaga’s first headlining tour, The Monster Ball, earned rave reviews from critics and fans and went on to become one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. She went on to release “Born This Way” and “ArtPop,” her third and fourth studio albums, to critical and commercial success. In addition to conquering the music world, Gaga has taken the acting industry by storm and earned a Golden Globe® for her performance in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series “American Horror Story: Hotel.” She can next be seen in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, in which she plays the lead alongside Cooper.
As Founder of Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga has worked to create a kinder and braver world by destigmatizing mental health, amplifying the impact of kindness and validating the emotions of young people around the world. Additionally, she has supported charities including the American Red Cross, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Re*Generation, the MAC AIDS Fund, and Haiti disaster relief among many others.
The 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefits the Foundation’s vital assistance and performers programs for SAG-AFTRA artists, as well as its Emmy® nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online®.
For more information about sponsorship and tickets, visit patronawards.com.
About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to SAG-AFTRA artists and families while serving the public at large through its Emmy® nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. For more information, visit sagaftra.foundation.