Think movie’s Oscar, television’s Emmy, music’s Grammy, theatre’s Tony—in advertising and marketing, the big-deal award is the CLIO (yes, it’s all caps) and for those of us in the business it’s an important event. This year, for the 55th annual CLIOs, Whoopi Goldberg is the host.

Tickets are a bit pricey, $700 for a single ticket; $6,500 for a table of 10. The award show is held in New York on a weeknight and the after parties play-out all night—so unless you’re nominated there are a couple of logistical problems in attending.

Clio Awards, set-up

Clio Awards, set-up

This year those of us not headed to the show—in our black tie or little black dress, to Cipriani at 55 Wall Street—will have an opportunity to enjoy the event. It’s being steamed live through courtesy of MLB Advanced Media.

Tickets are available as I write this. If you’d like to attend and mingle with the swells, here’s the scoop directly from the fine folks at CLIO—

For our milestone 55th anniversary event, the CLIO Awards will take place during New York City’s Advertising Week.

October 1, 2014
Cocktails: 6:30pm
Seated Dinner & Ceremony: 8:00pm
After-Party to Follow

Awards Host
Whoopi Goldberg

Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Washington Olivetto
Chairman of WMcCann, and Chief Creative Officer of McCann Worldgroup for Latin America and Caribbean

Honorary CLIO Award Recipient
Jerry Seinfeld
Award-Winning Comedian, Actor, Producer

Honorary CLIO Music Recipient
Iconic Punk Band

CLIO Music Launch Performance By
Aloe Blacc

Onstage presentations include: Grand CLIOs, Agency Network of the Year, Advertiser of the Year, Agency of the Year, Honorary CLIOs and the Lifetime Achievement Award.  All Gold/Silver/Bronze winners will be listed in the commemorative CLIO program and winners in attendance will be able to pick up their statues at the trophy bar at the after-party, which will take place at Cipriani located at 25 Broadway.  Please also see below for details on the 2014 CLIO Winners Gallery where all winning work will be showcased.

55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Cocktail Attire


Individual Ticket: $700

Table of 10: $6,500

Buy Tickets


  • Our mission is to honor the groundbreaking work and talent that push the boundaries of creativity.
  • Everything we do is fueled by our passion for celebrating the power of creativity, provoking action and nurturing your vision.
  • As the standard bearer for visionary communications, we award those creators whose work exemplifies inventive thinking.
  • Celebrating Inspiration. Honoring Imagination. Fostering Creativity. This is the very essence of the CLIO Awards.


The CLIO Awards is the world’s most recognized international awards competition for advertising, design, digital and communications. CLIO maintains its original commitment to celebrate and reward creative excellence, while continuing to evolve with the industry to acknowledge the most current, breakthrough work. The 55th Annual CLIO Awards will take place on October 1, 2014 to coincide with Advertising Week in New York City.

In addition to honoring specific works, CLIO also bestows its annual Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding and ongoing contribution by an individual who leads the industry forward, as well as Network, Agency, Production Companyand Advertiser of the Year awards. The Honorary CLIO award will be presented to an individual in recognition of their distinguished body of work and creative contributions to their respective industry.

In 2013, CLIO introduced the Brand Icon award, which was presented to Coca-Cola for their ability to create impactful connections with consumers while leaving behind meaningful messages.

Each year, the CLIO Awards appoints top creatives from around the world to ten distinct CLIO Juries. Juries are comprised of individuals whose own work epitomizes the vanguard in their respective fields, thus ensuring that each juror has a profound understanding of the global market’s ever-evolving dynamics and industry innovations.

CLIO’s judging process is known for its democratic and nonpolitical approach to recognizing creative excellence. Fewer than 20%of submissions, within a medium, survive the first two rounds, from which juries re-evaluate the work to determine Gold, Silver, Bronze statues, and Shortlist winners. Less than 5% of all entries receive a statue, and less than 1% receive the coveted Gold CLIO. Each jury also has the option of awarding CLIO’s highest honor, the Grand CLIO, to one truly exceptional piece of work in each medium from the chosen Gold statue winners.

Founded by Wallace A. Ross in 1959, the program’s name originates in Greek mythology, where CLIO was the muse of history, the recorder of great deeds, the proclaimer and celebrator of accomplishments, and a source of inspiration and genius. Originally conceived to honor American advertising, the CLIO Awards expanded in 1965 to include international work and today receives more than 10,000 entries annually, 65% of which come from outside the US.