Paul McCartney will not be in Israel this month to receive the Wolf Prize. The former Beatles star thanked the Wolf Foundation for the honor before citing a scheduling conflict.

Paul McCartney in Tel Aviv (2008)

Paul McCartney in Tel Aviv (2008) Photo Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash 90

The Wolf Foundation announced today that British singer and songwriter Paul McCartney will not be attending the Wolf Prize official ceremony in Jerusalem this month.

“It’s very flattering and I am grateful to be this year’s Wolf Prize winner in music,” McCartney wrote in a letter to the foundation. “But after reviewing my schedule I have to announce that I will not be able to arrive at the date set.”

“We thank Sir Paul McCartney, his staff and his wife Nancy Shevell for their cooperation and we’re looking forward to seeing them together in May 2019,” CEO of the Wolf Foundation Reut Inon-Berman said.

This year’s laureates of the prestigious Wolf Prize were announced in February during an event attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The honor carries a $100,000 prize, which the recipients can receive only if they attend the official ceremony.

The Wolf Prize is an internationally-recognized award granted in Israel to scientists and artists. The honor has been handed out to laureates since 1978 in six fields: agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics and art. The art field includes four categories: architecture, music, painting and sculpture.