Top Music Manager Calls Out American Icon Awards for Failing to Pay Talent

Variety | 5/3/2020 | Shirley Halperin
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The centuries-old adage no good deed goes unpunished is a common refrain for star music manager Scott Rodger of late. Rodger, who represents Paul McCartney and Andrea Bocelli at Maverick, says his client Matteo Bocelli, the son of the opera star, was stiffed out of promised expense reimbursement by the American Icon Awards.

The event, held in May at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, honored Al Pacino, whom longtime friend and colleague Robert De Niro introduced with a lively speech that included a dig at Donald Trump, along with Quincy Jones for music and Evander Holyfield for sports, among others recognized for humanitarian efforts. Those in attendance included Sylvester Stallone, Joe Mantegna, David Foster, Naomi Campbell, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jake Hoffman and NFL veteran Devon Sill. Martin Scorsese is listed as the event’s honorary dinner chair.

Philanthropy - Heart - Icon - Awards - Organizers

Philanthropy is at the heart of the six-year-old American Icon Awards, which, according to the organizers’ own press release “is a Los Angeles based philanthropic organization,” so it stands to reason that performers and attendees might forego their usual appearance fees or, essentially, donate their time and craft for free. Indeed, according to Rodger, the request to “sing for Al Pacino” was, er, an offer the Italian couldn’t refuse. “Matteo was happy to do it in return for the event covering his travel and hotel costs,” says Rodger. “No fee was involved [but] they stiffed us and won’t reimburse the agreed expenses.”

He continues: “It’s not the end of the world, but the point is events like this cannot masquerade their legitimacy, especially involving real legends like Al Pacino, when they aren’t capable enough of fulfilling their most basic obligations.”

Variety - Joseph - Clapsaddle - Owner - Producer

Reached by Variety, Joseph Clapsaddle, owner and executive producer of the American Icon Awards, says, “I can confirm that Matteo Bocelli’s expenses have not yet been reimbursed.” While...
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