Save The Music hosted its second annual #MusicSaves Los Angeles event on December 8, 2021 at NeueHouse, celebrating Founder & CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, Jesse Collins. Jesse was honored for his achievements as a trailblazing executive and one of the most visible and successful producers in the industry.
Hosted by comedian Chris Spencer, the night kicked off with an amazing DJ set from D-Nice.
Chris passed it off to STM Executive Director, Henry Donahue who thanked everyone in attendance especially the sponsors: BET, Gibson Gives, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, SiriusXM + Pandora, ViacomCBS, Victrola, Dionne Harmon, Jesse Collins Entertainment, MBK Entertainment, Meta, MTV Entertainment Group, Netflix, Roc Nation, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music. He then shared a video featuring shout-outs from some special friends who couldn’t be there in-person to congratulate Jesse including Becky G, Busta Rhymes, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, H.E.R., La La Anthony, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell and Swizz Beatz.
Los Angeles Unified School District teacher Dr. Dianna McConnell was welcomed on stage to speak about the impact of receiving a STM grant. She played a video highlighting Nightingale Middle School’s mariachi program featuring testimonials from both students and staff.
Then came time for the award presentation portion of the evening. Surprise guest Regina Hall was introduced and delivered a funny and heartfelt speech about Jesse and his work. She then presented him with the prestigious award.
“Right now, there is a kid in L.A. walking through life feeling as if he’s everyone’s last choice, or that they don’t have options. Music can be that option. It can give them a chance to have a sense of accomplishment. And with that confidence, they can do whatever they want in life,” Collins said.
The night closed out with an amazing performance by the one and only, Erykah Badu!
Most importantly, all funds raised went towards jumpstarting music programs in LAUSD. Thank you everyone involved for your support – we’ll see you next year!