MusiCares Names New Board Leadership And Members

September 22, 2016 -- 5:18 pm PDT

The MusiCares Foundation announced new elected leadership and Board members.

The MusiCares Board elected former Vice Chair Alexandra Patsavas, founder of Chop Shop Music Supervision, as Chair; Board member Michael McDonald, founder and CEO of artist management company Mick Management, as Vice Chair; and Board member Stasia Washington, managing director of First Foundation Advisors, as Secretary/Treasurer.

MusiCares' departing Chair Bill Silva, president of Bill Silva Entertainment, has been named Chair Emeritus. Former Board member, Chair and Chair Emeritus John Branca, partner and head of the music department at Ziffren Brittenham LLP, has been announced as Honorary Chair. 

Newly elected MusiCares Foundation Board members include Jeffrey Harleston, general counsel and executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Universal Music Group; Tamara Hrivnak, director of music partnerships for YouTube and Google Play; Rob Light, partner and managing director/head of music of Creative Artists Agency; and Andie B. Simon, president of Andie B. Simon Inc.

"Our MusiCares Board members are true stewards of our nonprofit organization — they guide us in the continued fulfillment of our mission and seek ways to support our programs," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "We have been fortunate to have elected leaders who are passionate about our work and dedicated to sustaining the vital resources that MusiCares provides members of the music community in crisis."