Columbia Records’ Ron Perry to Receive UJA-Federation of New York’s 2024 Music Visionary of the Year Award

Ron Perry, chairman/CEO of Columbia Records, will receive the 2024 Music Visionary of the Year Award at the UJA-Federation of New York’s luncheon this spring. The award recognizes Perry’s professional accomplishments and commitment to philanthropy.

“We are thrilled to honor Ron as our 2024 UJA Music Visionary of the Year,” Daniel Glass, founder/CEO of Glassnote Records, chair of UJA’s music division and co-chair of UJA’s overall entertainment division, said in a statement. “Ron is one of the new leaders of our industry. Throughout his career, Ron stays close to songwriters and artists. He has proven himself to be a true trailblazer and ‘song person’ — the greatest compliment a music executive can get.”

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Recent UJA Music Visionary of the Year honorees include Sony Music Group CEO Rob Stringer; Amazon Music vp Steve Boom; SiriusXM president/chief content officer Scott Greenstein; and Universal Music Group executive vp Michele Anthony, as well as Doug Davis; Avery and Monte Lipman; Bob Pittman, Rich Bressler, John Sykes and Tom Poleman; Troy Carter and Daniel Ek; Fred Davis and Daniel Glass; Tom Corson and Peter Edge; Jody Gerson and Jon Platt; Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman; Charles Goldstuck and Kevin Liles; Barry Weiss; and Clive Davis.

As chairman and CEO of Columbia Records since 2018, Perry oversees a diverse roster of artists including AC/DC, Adele, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Blink-182, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Central Cee, Depeche Mode, Halsey, Harry Styles, The Kid LAROI, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Rosalía and Tyler the Creator.

Perry ranked No. 33 on the Billboard 2024 Power 100 list, which was unveiled on Jan. 31. Columbia’s biggest hit for 2023 was Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks and won two Grammys, including record of the year.  Beyoncé’s 2022 Renaissance album also showed staying power. The album was boosted by the success of her concert documentary Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, which grossed $44 million globally, according to Box Office Mojo.

Prior to Columbia Records, Perry was the president and partner of SONGS Music Publishing, where he signed The Weeknd, XXXtentacion, Lorde, Diplo and others before the company’s sale to Kobalt in December 2017.

Funds raised at the luncheon will go toward UJA’s annual campaign supporting the year-round work of confronting antisemitism, promoting inclusion and caring for New Yorkers of all backgrounds. A portion of the proceeds will also support UJA’s Music for Youth, which helps thousands of young people connect to life-changing music programs.

Working with a network of hundreds of nonprofits, UJA extends its reach from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching the lives of 4.5 million people annually. Every year, UJA-Federation provides approximately $180 million in grants.

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