George Clinton, Innovator and Philanthropist
George Clinton revolutionized funk and R&B with Parliament and Funkadelic. Clinton is also considered a godfather of hip-hop, as his P-Funk and solo recordings have been sampled extensively, and he has collaborated and with so many others, from Kendrick Lamar, to Snoop Dogg and OutKast. Parliament-Funkadelic is also regarded as one of the most explosive live shows one can experience. In 2019 Clinton was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy.
George Clinton has worked in recent years with the National Black Caucus, tirelessly advocating for the intellectual property rights of African-American musicians. In 2012, he teamed with the Caucus at ‘Unsung, Unshaken and Uncompensated’ to fight against the undervalued treatment and plight of these artists. Clinton also teamed with Red Bull Music Academy at their 2012 event, CultureClash, where artists connect with top DJ talents.
In 2012, George Clinton also teamed with the Berklee City Music Network when he spoke at their Memphis conference, and hosted a master class free of charge at the Stax Music Academy. The program offers a contemporary music education to children in underserved communities and is located at 37 sites throughout the country.