April 28th, 2010 – New York, NY – SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, will present multi-talented artist/songwriter/producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean with the “Inspiration Award” at the “14th Annual SESAC New York Music Awards” on May 12, 2010 at the IAC Building in New York City. The “Inspiration Award” is in recognition of Beatz’s humanitarian work raising money and awareness for Haiti relief, specifically on “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”, the song he co-wrote and co-produced with U2’s Bono and also recorded by the Irish rock singer along with Jay-Z and Rhianna. The song, a moving a call to action to aid the earthquake victims of Haiti, went on to become a top selling download at iTunes raising millions for the cause. Swizz Beatz has also worked with the United Nations to unite the entertainment community in its efforts to promote peace around the world.
Swizz Beatz , an in-demand songwriter and producer for a wide variety of artists such as Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Ludacris and Lil Wayne among many others, started his musical career as a teenage prodigy creating hits for the likes of DMX, Eve and Jay-Z. Swizz began to produce tracks at the age of 16 and sold his first beat at 20which became the label’s first chart breaking hit, DMX’s “Stop, Drop”. In 2001 at the age of 23, the talented Beatz was named President/CEO of his own record label, Full Service Records, a joint venture with Clive Davis of J Records.In 2007 he released the critically acclaimed One Man Band Man his solo debut project, and is currently in the studio working on his next album.” Beatz will be on hand to accept the award.
Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through responsive and innovative music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres including Jazz, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Urban, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age. SESAC is also rapidly becoming the contemporary rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood’s most sought-after film and television composers. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. www.sesac.com.