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It’s said that both music and art can stir up powerful emotions and on October 12 at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar, that feeling was compassion.

It was there that music industry insiders gathered for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s third-annual Artworks for the Cure and Spirit Of Excellence awards dinner, an art auction and gala that funds, and honors those who support innovative cancer research at 12 research hospitals around the country — including the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Journalist Lisa Ling, actor Alan Thicke, and musicians David A. Stewart and Carolyn Malachi could be seen perusing (and perhaps purchasing) artwork from the likes of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, photographer-filmmaker Danny Clinch and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd. After a concert by singer Colbie Caillat, the evening celebrated this year’s Spirit of Excellence honorees: Troy Carter, the founder and CEO of Atom Factory and Lady Gaga’s manager; restaurateur Catherine An; Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek; and Rob Wells, Universal Music Group’s president of global digital business.

“Making music is a process that is a wonderful endeavor,” Sony Music Entertainment’s Clive Davis said while honoring Ek. “But the point is to listen to it and bring it into our lives.”

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