Don Henley will receive the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year Award, the Recording Academy’s honor for artists’ philanthropic works.
Henley, both a founding member of the Eagles and a successful solo artist, will be feted for his professional achievements as well as his commitment to a range of philanthropic causes, from environmental issues to artists’ rights concerns.
Gala dinner, concert and auction will be held Feb. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center two days prior to the 49th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Proceeds from the event provide support for MusiCares’ Financial Assistance Program, which assists musicians and others in times of financial, medical and personal need. The Recording Academy will make the announcement today.
In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to lead the effort to preserve Walden Woods, the 2,680-acre ecological area surrounding Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond in Massachusetts. He also founded the Caddo Lake Institute in his native East Texas, a privately operating foundation to act as an “ecosystem-specific” sponsoring entity, underwriting local wetland science and conservation education, including cultural and ecological research and monitoring.
Henley also co-founded the Recording Artists’ Coalition, a nonprofit group formed to represent the interests of recording artists with regard to legislative issues, and to address other public policy debates that come before the music industry.
Annual event is always heavily attended and features an array of superstar acts performing the honoree’s music. Last year’s event, honoring James Taylor, was the first to be released to DVD.