Watch the video tribute to Quincy Jones.
While working non-stop, and being lauded world-wide, he wrote “Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones”. The book immediately hit the Best-Seller lists of The New York Times, LA Times and The Wall Street Journal. But Quincy was always giving back. His humanitarian work began in the 1960s and has continued throughout his lifetime. In 1985, he took on the role of celebrity fundraiser, using his influence to raise funds and awareness with the historic “We Are The World.” (The best-selling single of all time, which he produced and conducted). That recording raised $63 million for Ethiopian famine relief and set the standard for cause driven specials ever since. He worked tirelessly with Bono and Bob Geldof to raise billions to end third world debt and was a major force in organizing We Are The World for Haiti in 2010. He has a deep compassion for children, especially disadvantaged children. In 2007, he wrote the award-winning musical score for the Closing Ceremony of the Special Olympics held in Shanghai, touching millions of children with developmental disabilities. His concern for the disadvantaged is also epitomized in his Project Q, a Harvard School of Public Health collaboration, and his work with the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. In 2008, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation established the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award in honor of Quincy’s leadership and humanitarian work that continues to aid the disadvantaged, including the developmentally disabled. “I believe from the bottom of my heart that every child on this planet has something to offer mankind and they can soar to the highest mountain tops if they are given the opportunity to do so. As the first national institute that will comprehensively address the basic clinical research and care for people with Down syndrome, I have no doubt that the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome will be the world’s leading care center for those impacted by this condition. It will also provide an avenue for obtaining undeniable and fundamental civil rights for these beautiful children, so that they can achieve everything they can imagine. I am enthusiastically looking forward to working with the patrons of this institution to bring those goals to fruition in any way I can.” —Quincy Jones at the 2008 announcement of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome