Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc gives out $5.1 million in grants

… more than $5.1 million in funds to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event.

The group that is known for the Golden Globe Awards distributed more than $5.1 million in funds to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event.

Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA, US.
Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA, US. (AP)

Some of entertainment’s biggest names, from Nicole Kidman to George Clooney, shared encouraging words for aspiring young creators whose organisations were collectively granted millions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event on Tuesday.

The event, formerly known as the Grants Banquet, celebrated some of the organisations with aspiring artists, filmmakers and storytellers.

“Self-expression is one of the most important ways we can connect and grow as human beings, particularly for young people,” said “Tenet” star John David Washington. “It is an instrumental part of how we view ourselves as we learn to navigate the world. For those in communities that have suffered from historic lack of representation, this is even more critical.”

Mary J. Blige, Millie Bobby Brown, Billie Eilish, Anna Kendrick, Method Man and others were among the entertainers who appeared to discuss the charities that benefit from HFPA grants. The organisation is known for putting on the Golden Globes.

Each celebrity presenter spoke for a couple minutes during the hour-long ceremony, which was hosted by James Corden. The ceremony also included a performance by Jennifer Hudson, who sang her soulful “Burden Down.”

Billy Porter’s advice to young creators was “honor your craft.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda suggested that aspiring filmmakers should “create what you think is missing.”

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Kidman acknowledged the importance of the HFPA program and organisation’s efforts saying “the next generation of talent in our industry are important now more than ever before.”

The program will showcase recent work in film, dance, music and spoken word by students of supported schools.

“The faces and creations we see showcased to you remind us that movies and arts will not only continue to help us survive, but will also offer comfort, hope and inspiration to a world that is striving to become more just, peaceful and inclusive,” said Meher Tatna, a chair board member of the HFPA.

Salma Hayek paid homage to the Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit organisation that inspires teenage girls through photography.

“Growing up in Mexico, I have fond memories of not only finding my own creative voice, but also being inspired by my parents who stressed the importance of philanthropy,” Hayek said. “What a pleasure to highlight these young Latinas who channel their creativity through the lens of the camera and become agents of change.”

The HFPA gave a social justice grant to the Urban Peace Institute. The donation of $300,000 was given to the organisation for its diligence in the field of community safety and systems reform to end violence and mass incarceration.

Tracee Ellis Ross presented the grant to UPI founder and civil rights leader Connie Rice.

“This is a profound and deep honor,” Rice said. “The driving vision behind the Urban Peace Institute is the foundational and – first of all – human rights safety.”

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HFPA Bolsters Grant Giving at YouTube Event

“HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation,” showcased some of the recipients of the HFPA’s largesse with stars such as George Clooney, …

While much of the world knows the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) for the Golden Globes, the annual kudosfest it puts on, it is equally well known for the money from the television contract is spent on philanthropy. Since 1987, the HFPA has disbursed $44.5 million and that tradition continues this year with $5.2 million given to various organizations and schools that work in and with the entertainment industry.

Though the money was given at a big socially distanced event that was presented online on YouTube on Oct. 13, Meher Tatna, board chair of the HFPA, says since the lockdown in March the org has donated $300,000 in three batches to various institutions.

“A lot of students were in distress, they had to leave their dorm rooms, a lot of them are food insecure so we, the HFPA members, voted to give emergency grants to everyone,” she says.

The average gift was about $20,000, mostly to colleges, but “there were other grantees who were going to remove their employees off the payroll because they couldn’t afford to keep them.”

The beneficiaries are in education, including several schools, and press freedom-related and film restoration orgs. The process of selecting grantees did not change from previous years, says Luca Celada, board member and co-producer of “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation,” the YouTube event that was presented Oct. 13.

The title is a reference to the work the org has been doing with younger people, many in inner-city schools.

“Outreach to what in the end will be our future, the future of the industry, showing them that we want to actively showcase their work and kind of give them a leg up and taking that extra step,” Celada says.

“Throughout the year we have an application process with our grants officer,” he adds. “Many of these 77 are repeat grantees although some are new.

“We usually do it in a ballroom. we present it in person,” Celada says. “Of course, like everyone else, we’ve changed. In a way we are making the most of that with this format and actually highlight some of the work the young people are doing with 11 schools that we are specifically highlighting.”

“HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation,” showcased some of the recipients of the HFPA’s largesse with stars such as George Clooney, Jurnee Smollet and John David Washington, singers including Billie Eilish and Mary J. Blige participating in the event hosted by James Corden. HFPA is considering repeating it.

“The idea is to make it part of our philanthropy effort, to take one further step besides financially supporting also kind of reaching out keeping in mind the kind of year it has been,” Celada says.

Also this year the org added the Social Justice Grant, $300,000 presented to the Urban Peace Institute’s Connie Rice by Tracee Ellis Ross on Oct. 13.

The passing of HFPA president Lorenzo Soria did not affect the HFPA’s grant process as the decisions were made before he died. “All the processes that he put in place, we just continue,” Tatna says.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is committed to giving back, and providing grants to deserving organizations and individuals,” says Ali Sar, the new president. “We are committed to continuing our unwavering support of educational, cultural, humanitarian and journalistic efforts.”

The money that the HFPA disburses comes from the goose that lays the Golden Globes but what is going to happen in the future is anybody’s guess.

Tatna points out that the awards were moved, but beyond that, “Who the hell knows? Nobody knows anything. Will there be a second wave? Will there be a flu pandemic?”

Celada adds, “In the long run I would imagine it would affect us as it would the entire industry.”

Looking to the future, the pair would like to expand the HFPA’s philanthropic efforts. For Tatna that means more to refugee organizations. Some of the checks that were given at festivals, including at Cannes, didn’t happen because the event was canceled.

Celada, for his part, would like to go beyond monetary giving to experiences. The HFPA already offers internships, director residencies and fellowships.

“But I think also some of our members could do courses or go and speak at some of these schools, have more interns join us and actually kind of give in experience and not only in money. I think that is, there is room there to become more involved.”

January 3, 2018: Beyoncé, Eminem, and the Weeknd Announced as Coachella Headliners …

LYFT TO OFFER ROBOT TAXI RIDES AT C.E.S.: C.E.S. attendees in Las Vegas this weekend will have the chance to ride in self-driving Lyft vehicles. The ride-sharing company has partnered with self-driving technology company Aptiv for the promotion. The Verge: “There will be a safety driver behind …

1. BEYONCé, EMINEM, AND THE WEEKND ANNOUNCED AS COACHELLA HEADLINERS: Beyoncé, Eminem, and the Weeknd will headline this year’s Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, which take place April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Indio, California. The Desert Sun: “It comes as little surprise. Earlier it was reported by Consequence of Sound that Eminem and The Weeknd would be joining Beyoncé for this year’s festival but requests for confirmation of the new headliners were not returned from Goldenvoice producers. Beyoncé, who has made guest appearances at Coachella with husband Jay-Z and her sister, Solange, was supposed to headline at last year’s music festival in Indio, but had to postpone after becoming pregnant with twins. The new emphasis on hip-hop and R&B, which has supplanted rock as the most popular pop music forms, includes rappers like Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, Migos, Post Malone and new sensation, Cardi B, who currently has her first three releases in the top 10 of the Billboard charts, becoming only the third artist to debut with three singles in the top 10 along with The Beatles and Ashanti. … The lineup appears to have been booked with a sensitivity to increasing female participation and ethnic diversity. An interesting booking on Friday is Los Angeles Azules, a Mexican group fusing traditional cumbia and electronic music. The festival has become known in the industry for its leadership in fine art and cuisine and this year will again offer the four-course Outstanding in the Field dinner in the VIP Rose Garden for $225 a person. Coachella has dominated industry polls as the top outdoor music event since its inception in 1999. It was recently named the Billboard Top Festival of the Year.” https://usat.ly/2CgP3lt

2. GOLDEN GLOBES PARTNERS WITH FACEBOOK TO LIVE STREAM PRESHOW: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions have announced a new partnership with Facebook, which will offer a two-hour live-streamed feed of the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday. The Hollywood Reporter: “The two-hour stream, dubbed ‘The HFPA Presents: Globes Red Carpet Live,’ will act as this year’s official red-carpet preshow and the HFPA will share exclusive coverage from both the red carpet and backstage, updating live on the Golden Globes Facebook page. The Facebook red-carpet content will include 360-degree videos that will allow viewers to explore creative and dynamic content of the ceremony for the first time. A behind-the-scenes and real-time glimpse of the 75th Annual Golden Globes will also be updated on the ceremony’s Instagram account, @goldenglobes. ‘We’re thrilled to partner with Facebook and give viewers a front row seat to the red carpet that can’t be found anywhere else,’ said HFPA President Meher Tatna of the new partnership. … Hosts for the preshow will include A.J. Gibson, Jeannie Mai, Scott Mantz and Laura Marano. Marano will host the ceremony’s @Instagram story, which is followed by 229 million.” http://bit.ly/2CgiRyA

3. LYFT TO OFFER ROBOT TAXI RIDES AT C.E.S.: C.E.S. attendees in Las Vegas this weekend will have the chance to ride in self-driving Lyft vehicles. The ride-sharing company has partnered with self-driving technology company Aptiv for the promotion. The Verge: “There will be a safety driver behind the wheel, so the trips will not be completely driverless. Unlike a normal Lyft experience, the cars will only travel to 20 preprogrammed destinations. The news is notable, since most companies that come to CES to demonstrate self-driving technology do so in closed parking lots where they can control every aspect of the experience. Aptiv, which split off from automotive supplier Delphi last year, and Lyft, a newcomer to autonomous driving, are taking a big risk by conducting their demonstration on public roads, where pedestrians and other drivers help to make a completely unpredictable experience. The vehicles will be picking up passengers from the Gold Lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 9th–12th. The rides will be conducted by Aptiv’s fleet of eight BMW 5 Series sedans equipped with its automated driving technology. Before the drive begins, passengers will have to sit through a brief lecture about why automated driving is so important—which according to Aptiv, will ‘showcase the positive impact automated cars will have on individual lives and communities.’” http://bit.ly/2DUiB93


The Association of Destination Management Executives International (A.D.M.E.I.) has announced its 2018 finalists for its Achievement Awards, Awards of Excellence, and Recognition Awards. The list of finalists can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2lGNlUb


CHICAGO: This year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show will take place March 14-18 at Navy Pier.

LOS ANGELES: This 37th annual Asian American Expo will take place January 13-14 at Fairplex. The event, which celebrates the coming of the Lunar New Year, will feature eight performance stages, three food courts, and special events including the Asian Beer Fest and Anime Impulse.

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

NEW YORK: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will host a skate dance party featuring Olympic skater Johnny Weir on January 11. The event will have face painting, a live DJ, and photo ops with Weir.

The fourth annual Global Fine Art Awards Ceremony and Gala will take place March 8 at 583 Park Avenue. The event honors curated exhibitions at museums around the world.

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

TORONTO: Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, a TIFF event that celebrates Canadian cinema, will take place January 12-21 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The festival will screen 10 selected films.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washington-based chef Haidar Karoum—formerly the executive chef at Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi—will open Chloe, his first solo restaurant concept, January 5 at the Arris building in the Navy Yard. The restaurant, an upscale dinner and casual lunch spot serving Mediterranean food with international influences, will seat 105 guests inside and 32 guests at an outdoor patio.

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