Ne-Yo, Skylar Grey, Sara Bareilles, Swizz Beatz, Desmond Child, Mark Mothersbaugh (co-founder and lead singer of Devo), and other music and entertainment industry giants committed to fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases will tonight take part in Songs of Hope VII, a special event and silent auction presented by Esquire that supports lifesaving research at City of Hope.

Held at the exclusive Esquire Apartment in the penthouse of The Clocktower in DUMBO, Brooklyn, N.Y., the Dec. 1 event will be emceed by Ne-Yo and feature intimate performances by Skylar Grey and Sara Bareilles. Lending their names in support to the host committee are Miley Cyrus, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, John McEnroe, Patty Smyth, Rob Thomas, and Mary Mary.

Recognizing their amazing careers as songwriters and composers, the Songs of Hope VII award recipients will include the:

  • Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award presented to Desmond Child
  • Martin Bandier “Vanguard” Award presented to Sara Bareilles
  • Electronic Arts Composer Award presented to Mark Mothersbaugh
  • American Express “Award for Innovation Excellence in Music” presented to Swizz Beatz

The exclusive Songs of Hope silent auction features rare and one-of-a-kind music and film experiences and autographed items, including the opportunity to bid on original sheet music to “Lay Lady Lay” autographed by Bob Dylan; Paul Simon signed “Graceland” sheet music; Elton John/Leon Russell autographed vinyl edition of The Union; Miranda Lambert's autographed guitar; the pilot episode of “Boardwalk Empire” autographed by the entire cast; a VIP visit to a Disney scoring session with Danny Elfman; and a five-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the Caribbean with two American Airlines business class tickets, to name a few.

“It’s an honor to be able to co-chair, along with VEVO President and CEO Rio Caraeff, such a prestigious event that raises money for such a worthy cause such as the City of Hope,” said Evan Lamberg, Songs of Hope VII co-event chair and president, North America, Universal Music Publishing Group.

“Music has the power to heal and bring people together for positive change, which is why I am honored to team with the great folks at City of Hope and Evan Lamberg, my co-chair for our Songs of Hope event,” said Rio Caraeff, Songs of Hope co-event chair and President and CEO of VEVO.

“City of Hope physicians and researchers are on the front lines of developing groundbreaking and innovative treatments for people with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The support of the music and entertainment industry allows us to advance our research in order to discover and improve treatments for patients and families everywhere,” said Jody Price, director of development, City of Hope.

Guests will enjoy the surroundings of the exclusive Esquire Apartment, a triplex penthouse in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Billed as the “Ultimate Bachelor Pad,” the Esquire Apartment was built to mirror the editorial range of Esquire magazine and to reflect the lifestyle of today’s modern man, featuring spaces created by A-list designers and luxury lifestyle brands including Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, Lufthansa, Acura, and more. The event is sponsored by Acura, Hugo Boss, Knob Creek, and TouchTunes. Esquire has raised more than $8.5 million for a variety of charities through the Bachelor Pad initiative.

Prior honorees and participants at Songs of Hope have included Stevie Wonder,, The Doobie Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Lionel Richie, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, and many others.

To make a donation to Songs of Hope, or inquire about sponsorship for this nearly sold-out event, contact Mary Carlzen at City of Hope, at (800) 272-2310 or

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