Developing vibrant music economies that support professional musicians, enhance communities, and support local creativity.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Bracy is an advocate, strategist and entrepreneur who works at the intersection of emerging technologies, culture and public policy. As Founder Emeritus of the non-profit Future of Music Coalition, Michael spent fifteen years bridging the gap between the music community and policymakers. His platform at BTBV has allowed him to work with and represent a wide range of other cultural leaders including American Ballet Theatre, NPR, Native Public Media, Colorado Creative Industries and Fractured Atlas.
Kate Becker - Building sustainable creative communities has been at the core of Kate Becker’s career. As the Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, Becker currently spends her days (and nights!) working to build Seattle’s creative economy, keenly focused on the film, music and nightlife industries. Prior to working with the city, Becker served in leadership roles at Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and The New Art Center in Boston, MA. She co-founded legendary Northwest all ages venues The Vera Project and the Old Fire House, talent pipelines for the music industry. Becker has produced more than 1,000 all ages shows, and numerous large scale events and fundraisers. She was a charter member of the Seattle Music Commission and serves on multiple nonprofit boards.
Kwende Kefentse - currently works as the Cultural Industries Development Officer for the City of Ottawa. Prior to completing a Masters of Research from UCL’s Bartlett School Architecture in Space Syntax Architecture and Cities (2017 - 2018), Kwende played a leading role developing the council-approved Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013 - 2018). Following that, he led the development of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition - a not-for-profit organisation focussed on industry development, and the Ottawa Music Strategy (2018 - 2020) - a council-approved strategy for investing in, and developing the music industry. He now works on day-to-day implementation of the strategy while developing other cultural industry initiatives. Kwende also produces and performs under the name DJ Memetic and he is the host and resident of TIMEKODE, one of Canada’s most established dance parties.
Amy Terrill - Founding MPF Board member and lead author of The Mastering of a Music City (Music Canada and IFPI, 2015), Amy Terrill, has taken a new position as head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes in her home community. While Amy is no longer working full time on music policy, she will remain on the board of Music Policy Forum and is continuing to lead the programming of the Music Cities Summit at Canadian Music Week. Amy will remain an active member of our action network and can be reached at email@example.com.
Ashlye Keaton practices intellectual property, arts and entertainment law and is an advocate for the arts. Ashlye is an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School and also an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans Graduate School in Arts Administration. She is Co-Founder and Supervising Attorney for The Ella Project. Ashlye has served on numerous boards including the Recording Academy, and she currently chairs the advisory board for WWOZ 90.7 FM Radio.
Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a writer/commentator for NPR’s Performance Today. She has published a wide array of articles and books, including “Legislating Jazz” in DC Jazz (2018), the award-winning Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra (2017) and eight children’s books. Her advocacy work includes her position as Co-Director of the DC JazzHubs organization and a founding member of the Music Policy Forum.