|2017 Board of Directors Election Results|
Below (in alphabetical order) are the results of the November 8, 2016, to December 8, 2016, election of five directors to commence three year terms of service as of the February 16, 2017, Annual General Meeting. Ballots were sent to all FAI voting members in good standing. Four incumbents were re-elected and one new director was elected.
This year voting memberships increased by 7%, the number of ballots cast increased by 43%, and the total voter turnout was 29% (compared to 21% just a year ago), making this FAI’s most participated-in election in the past four years.
Also listed below are three recent appointments made to the Board including a key industry role representation (an agent), a new Kansas City representative, and FAI’s first director based outside of North America.
Re-Elected to the Board are incumbents:
Michael is president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington (a nonprofit presenting organization on suburban Long Island, NY), and is the newly elected president of Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). He’s editor & publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com and an award-winning communications and PR strategist. He has coordinated NERFA One-Day Conferences, organizes the annual Huntington Folk Festival, and forged a heralded arts partnership between FMSH and LI’s Cinema Arts Centre. A past president of two professional associations, Michael is a frequent speaker and mentor on PR and communications topics at music conferences.
Amy is the co-founder and executive director of The Bluegrass Situation, a multi-platform brand that is the top roots music and culture website in the US. She produces and curates one-of-a-kind musical experiences, such as the BGS Superjam and Stage at Bonnaroo, workshops at Newport Folk and Old Settlers Music Fest, and jams at MerleFest, Winnipeg Folk, and many others. In addition to her work with BGS, Amy is the producer of the annual International Bluegrass Music Association awards show and has served on the FAI board for two years. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Matt is the Managing Director of Passim, a non-profit arts organization in Cambridge, MA, and has been working there since 1995. He has also worked for Young/Hunter Management and was one of the founders of FolkWeb, an online CD realtor in the mid-late 90s. Matt has been on panels, juries and committees at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International, and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. He has worked as a tour manager, sound engineer, and stage manager/MC for various tours and festivals. Matt has been serving on the board of FAI since 2014.
MarySue is Program Director for three 24/7 channels on SiriusXM, including the folk channel, The Village. She has the honor of talking with great musicians on her "Village Folk Show" and interviews in 2016 include Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Avett Brothers, Sweet Honey in the Rock and more. MarySue has worked at SiriusXM for ten years and her background includes a decade of touring in support of three albums. She resides in Maryland with her husband and Basset Hound Sophie.
Newly Elected to the Board is:
Dom is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has traveled the world showcasing the rich history of American vernacular music. He has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo and the Grand Ole Opry. Recently he received the honor of performing for the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. He is a multi-instrumentalist, researcher, record collector and advocate for the folk music.
Newly Appointed to the Board are:
Lynn has been at Paradigm Agency for over 18 years and in the music business for over 23 years. Getting her start at a big agency in Los Angeles, Lynn found that Monterey Peninsula Artists was a better home, and she began working as the assistant to legendary agent Chip Hooper. Promoted to Agent in 2001, Lynn built her own roster while also booking clients from the full roster. Today, Lynn is proud to represent a host of amazing artists, such as Bruce Hornsby, Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan, and The Wood Brothers.
Cheptoo has been the Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum since March 2016. Previously she worked as the Deputy Director of the Kansas City Public Library for 25 years leading major organizational initiatives both at a local and national level. Since taking over at the museum she has initiated some major key programs such as the Kansas City Jazz Academy, Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival and presentation of key exhibits showcasing music and African American art and artists.
Since bursting onto the folk scene, Londoner Sam Lee has blazed a trail as a singer and song collector. Sam is also the founder behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to new stages and venues as well as engaging younger audiences throughout the UK and beyond. He has toured more than 20 countries and traveled around the world as part of the new Song Collectors movement, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, his repertoire steeped in folklore and history and inspired by the natural world.