Jack Johnson will receive the 2010 Humanitarian Award at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards, taking place tonight in New York.
“Jack Johnson, and his wife Kim, have spent the last seven years effecting change in their home state of Hawaii and worldwide through involvement in many social and environmental issues,” says Billboard magazine. "Their Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Kokua Festival support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities. Johnson’s 2008 tour set a new precedent in the music industry by taking an eco-friendly approach to all aspects of production. In conjunction with that tour, Johnson launched the All At Once Campaign and gave 100% of his tour profits to local non-profit partners through his newly established Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. In 2010, Johnson’s world tour in support of new album “To The Sea” continues to lead the way in sustainable touring efforts to reduce its environmental impact in significant ways. As in 2008, Johnson will once again donate 100% of his tour profits to charity.
“The Johnsons created and produce the Kokua Festival, which now in its sixth year. The Festival raises funds for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation programs and also serves as an international environmental education event that puts into practice some of the most sophisticated and advanced green practices in the live music industry. The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation has made over $750,000 in donations to date ,and as part of the 2010 world tour, will offer direct and matching donations to All At Once partner non-profits.
“Johnson’s recognition follows previous Humanitarian Award winners Kevin Lyman (2009), Jon Bon Jovi (2008), Kevin Wall (2007), Music Rising (2006), Dave Matthews (2005) and Clear Channel Entertainment (2004)."
The Awards take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue. Click here for more information.