Mumford and Sons have been awarded the notable John Steinbeck Award, which is designated to a writer, thinker, artist or activist who reflects the character of author John Steinbeck. Steinbeck wrote infamous books such as Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath.
The band will receive the award Sept. 18 at Stanford University, where they will also perform acoustically during the ceremony at the Bing Concert Hall. Mumford and Sons was particularly selected due to their efforts with the “Gentlemen of the Road” fund, which supports social justice charities across the world.
The band joins the likes of John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others as recipients of the award. Mumford has previously paid tribute to Steinbeck with a special performance and various songs.