Courtney Love to be honored at fundraising benefit


Courtney Love’s “achievements and legacy” will be celebrated at a fundraising event in October (18).

The former Hole frontwoman has been selected as the honoree of the Pioneering People benefit, a biennial event which “celebrates groundbreaking artists across a range of disciplines”, to be held at the Basilica Hudson arts space in New York on 27 October.

Former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, who serves as Basilica Hudson’s co-founder and director, is serving as producer and creative director of the tribute evening alongside artist Joe Mama-Nitzberg, Courtney and Auf der Maur’s longtime collaborator.

Courtney’s legacy is vital to the voice of women in our culture,” Auf der Maur said in a statement. “The passion she brings to her life and art fuels and inspires the long-fought battle for the empowerment of alternative voices as they take centre stage at last!

“As the founder and frontwoman of the band Hole, and through her escapades as a Hollywood actress and all-around empowered voice for over three decades, Courtney broke new ground, combining lyrics of intellectual and intellectual acuity with music of a singular power to create a body of work with riveting emotional intensity.”

The evening will be hosted by stars including actress Chloe Sevigny, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Girls actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach and his photographer partner Yelena Yemchuk, and feature conversations, readings, video, and performances that will “demonstrate the incredible power and the lasting legacy of Courtney’s iconic explorations and subversions of femininity, and honour her unapologetic, fearless protest of the patriarchy.”

The Pioneering People fundraiser helps the Basilica Hudson continue with its mission to present pioneering voices in arts and culture. Previous honorees include singer Rufus Wainwright and director John Waters.