David Foster to receive award from academy for philanthropic work
Canadian music producer David Foster is pictured in a Toronto hotel on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, as he promotes his charity benefit concert. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 9:24AM EST
TORONTO - Canadian producer David Foster is getting another accolade to add to his collection of awards.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the Grammy Award winning musician, songwriter and composer will receive its 2019 humanitarian award.
The academy says it honours Foster's philanthropic support of hundreds of charities, including the David Foster Foundation which provides financial help to Canadian families in need of life-saving transplants.
In a release, Foster says it is a "great honour" to receive the award, explaining that he created his foundation in 1986 after meeting a young girl from his hometown who was awaiting a liver transplant.
Foster says music has brought him many rewards "and what better way to pay tribute to those gifts than to pay it forward."
The award is handed out every year and will be presented to Foster at the 48th Juno Awards on March 16 in London, Ont.