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BOARD OF Directors

RICHARD GIBBS

Film and television composer (Say Anything, Dr Dolittle, The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica). Former member of Oingo Boingo. Owner of Woodshed Recording, recording home for U2, Barbra Streisand, Chance The Rapper and Coldplay. Founding member of the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission.

Catherine Malcolm Brickman 

Organizer for the International Film Festivals of Vancouver, San Francisco and Sundance. Co-Founder Atlantic Film Festival. Concert highlights include a commission by the Prime Minister of Canada for the command performance for the World Leader's Conference, opening of GM Place Stadium and the Denver Pepsi Arena, and others.

Lucas Donat

Advertising and marketing executive, founder and CEO of Donat/Wald which later became Tiny Rebellion, an advertising agency specializing in disruptive companies including E-Harmony, Truecar, Legalzoon, Ancestry, Opensky, Hotwire and Bolthouse Farms. Won AD Age's Small Agency Of The Year in 2014. That same year he held joint positions as CEO of the agency and CMO of Truecar during its IPO. Sold agency after 30 years in 2015, currently chief brand office of Truecar. 

Mike Paul Hughes

Aerospace engineer and project manager for NASA and JPL for the past 25 years. Recipient of NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award for his work on the comet-busting Mission Deep Impact. Received NASA's Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award for his contributions to the Orion Crew Module Re-entry System to land humans on Mars. Inspiring speaker on behalf of NASA to encourage public school students towards STEM careers. Firearms enthusiast. Bass player in ska band King Sol & The Vibes.

Elsje Kibler-Vermaas

Acting Director of Education at Los Angeles Philharmonic. Director, Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Longy School of Music, Bard College. Former Director of Community Engagement and Education, Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Founder of CityMusic, an El Sistema-inspired orchestra program in partnership with Hartford Public Schools. Former Education Department Coordinator, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Mike Gormley

Journalist, record company executive (A&M, Mercury Records), artist manager, music supervisor for TV and films and marketing/PR advisor. Worked with The Bangles, Oingo Boingo, Rod Stewart, Rush, The Police, Supertramp and many others. Established and taught the UCLA Extension's continuing education program called "The Insider's Guide to Music Management".

President of L.A. Personal Development, director of Ombience, a center that provides aid to musicians. Past president of the Conference of Personal Managers and board member of L.A. Women in Music. Past member of the Management/Legal Advisory Comittee for AFTRA. On the board of Music Manager's Forum U.S. and past board member and secretary of the Folk Alliance International and it's executive comittee.

Ashley Daily

USC Marshall and USC Lloyd Greif. Criteria Corporation. London Alley Entertainment. Former professional tennis player. Enjoys taking photos, the ocean, and music. Teaches yoga at CorePower. Future* record label executive.

Board of Advisors

Ambassador Doug Kmiec

American constitutional legal scholar, author, current Caruso family chair of law, Pepperdine University. Constitutional legal counsel for President Reagan during his term in office. Appointed Ambassador to Malta by President Obama, 2009-2011.

Cameron Sinclair

Architect, founder of Architecture for Humanity. Worked in every major disaster zone over the past two decades, rebuilding former war zones in Kosovo and Afghanistan and reconstructing villages in post earthquake Haiti and post tsunami Japan - and post Katrina New Orleans. Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, advisor to USAID, winner of the TED prize and the National Design Award.

Greg Phillinganes

Keyboardist, composer, and musical director for Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Burt Bacharach, Jamie Foxx, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Andrea Boccelli, Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Hudson, Babyface, David Gilmour, John Legend, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie, Bruno Mars, Usher, Santana, Maxwell and Ed Sheeran.

Former board member of the Mr Holland's Opus Foundation, which keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. NRA Member.

Ken Kragen 

Author, public speaker, film and television producer, music manager. Responsible for wrangling the talent and conceiving the idea for We Are the World. Creator of Hands Across America. Former manager of Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers.

Gerald Slavet

Co-founder of From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians. A former real estate developer and Artistic Director of Wayside Theatre in Virginia, he¹s served on the boards of New England Conservatory, the American Symphony Orchestra League and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.