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Coran Capshaw Earns City of Hope’s 2017 Spirit of Life® Award

April 24, 2017




Apr. 24, 2017  — City of Hope, the world-renowned medical and scientific research and treatment center, announced today that its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group will present its 2017 Spirit of Life® Award to Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management. Focused on management, touring, branding, venues, festivals and record label interests, Capshaw is one of the music industry’s most influential and innovative executives. The Spirit of Life® Award is City of Hope’s highest honor, and each year recognizes a leader whose work has fundamentally impacted the music, film or entertainment industries. 

Capshaw will be presented with the award at a gala dinner in Los Angeles on November 2, 2017. 

“City of Hope is proud to recognize Coran with its highest honor, the Spirit of Life award,” said Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope. “We deeply appreciate Coran’s commitment to our mission and focus on providing cutting-edge treatment and compassionate care to our cancer and diabetes patients.” 

“I’m humbled to receive such a great honor from City of Hope, an organization at the forefront of life-changing treatment and research that improves and saves so many lives.”

“Coran’s involvement, along with the support of other music, film and entertainment leaders, is vital to City of Hope’s scientific breakthroughs, innovative research and compassionate patient care,” said Peter Gray, president of the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry board.  “City of Hope is extremely grateful for their collaboration and passion.”

About Coran Capshaw

Capshaw founded Red Light Management in 1991 at the beginning of his now 25-year role as the personal manager of Dave Matthews Band. Red Light has since grown to become the largest independent artist management firm in the world with approximately 250 clients.  RLM’s roster includes Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Tiësto, Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie, Alabama Shakes and many more. Red Light Management has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlottesville, Nashville, Atlanta, Seattle, London and Bristol.

Capshaw is a three-time winner of Pollstar’s Personal Manager of the Year award. In 2011 the Billboard Touring Awards honored Capshaw with their Humanitarian Award, the first of its kind to be presented to a manager. Complementing the entrepreneurial management approach that Red Light is known for, Capshaw created GreenLight and New Era to forge innovative partnerships for events, bands and brands.  In 1998 Capshaw launched Musictoday, an entertainment web-commerce company and pioneer in the direct-to-fan model, including integrated ticketing, fan clubs and merchandise.  Starr Hill Presents, Red Light’s sister company, promotes live music on a regional and national level, with an equity position in a variety of festivals and venues including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, South by Southwest, the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, and many more.

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About City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group

Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 44-year history, the group has raised more than $113 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry. Recent past honorees include Joel A. Katz, chair, Global Entertainment and Media Practice of Greenberg Traurig, Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO, Universal Music Group, Shelli and Irving Azoff, chairman and CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment, Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Apple’s Internet Software Services, Rob Light, head of the music department, partner and managing director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Doug Morris, former chairman and CEO, of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.