Chriss Rimpel is a young female entrepreneur of Haitian heritage who’s built a career as a manager, an independent booking agent, and head of CR Booking-N-Marketing. Though she learned the ropes by working with artists and presenters in the Haitian... Read more →


Canadian-born, American-educated Heena Patel always loved the performing arts, especially those related to her South Asian heritage. After an apprenticeship to a noted tabla master in India, she jumped boldly from engineering to arts administration. As she did, she saw... Read more →


Kaisha S. Johnson has serious world music credentials, from working with a pioneering presenter in New York City to joining WOMEX’s “Samurai,” its conference curation crew. She’s also created a platform for women of color and those who support them... Read more →


Drew Foxman wanted to create an organization that would do more than present or produce music, that could do more than facilitate exchange or collaboration between diverse artists. He wanted to use the tools he’d witnessed in international community development and social innovation to train forward-thinking young musicians to go into their home communities and engage in hands-on projects to make things better. After years of thinking about the issues and honing in on the right plan, he launched Giant Steps, home of the Music Action Lab. Its first cohort, featuring musicians from half a dozen countries, gathered in the Bay Area last year for a month of training, playing, and performing. Foxman’s approach exemplifies a new generation of broad, tech-friendly initiatives popping up in the world music scene, melding the roles of label, presenter, and management, all with an unflagging emphasis on musician empowerment and social good. Read more →