Before his untimely passing this week, folk music icon Pete Seeger was scheduled to be the first recipient of the Woody Guthrie Award. According to the event’s organizers, the ceremony will go on, and it will become a tribute to Seeger’s life, music, and legacy.
The Grammy Museum, which set up the Woody Guthrie Award and the event, has already begun looking for artists to play at the ceremony, which will take place on February 22nd at New York’s Symphony Space.
“The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” Nora Guthrie said in a statement issued to the press. “The power of song, as he constantly reminded us, can take us through everything that life, and death, throws at us.”
The Woody Guthrie Award will continue to be given to artists who follow Guthrie’s example by using music, film, literature or art to connect with the less fortunate, a mission that both Guthrie and Seeger dedicated their lives to. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.