Tom will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year on February 10th, 2017.
Regarding the announcement, Tom had this to say:
"I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person Of The Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”
MusiCares ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
A three-time GRAMMY winner, Petty is being honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, as well as nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" MusiCares on Facebook, follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.