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The ‘Sounds’ of Great Communication with Ariel Davis

Ariel has a robust background working to support arts organizations that uplift cultural expression across diverse communities.  She is the Senior Manager of Impact Communications at The Save the Music Foundation, where she supports the organization in producing content that showcases the impact of the organization’s 25-year body of work.

When she is not with STM, Ariel volunteers her time supporting The HBCU Jazz Education Initiative as a founding member and Consulting Director. Additionally, she is the co-founder and a current board member of The Arts Administrators of Color Network, an organization she helped establish in 2016. There, she has stewarded programs that provide professional development and networking opportunities for arts leaders. She has served as the Founding Board Chair of the organization and continues to be an active member as Vice-Chair of the Board.

Previously, Ariel has supported the establishment of The Lewis Prize for Music, an organization that provides financial support for Creative Youth Development music leaders and organizations across the country, where she led their communications efforts. She also served as Program Manager for the Social Impact department at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she helped manage large-scale projects and events geared towards amplifying the work of artists throughout the performing arts sector on local and national levels.

As a consultant for the Los Angeles Fellowship Program with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of LA, she helped to gather insights and cultivate the project alongside the LA Chamber Orchestra, and the USC Thornton School of Music. This work was funded by the Mellon Foundation. Past professional experiences also include work with National Arts Strategies, The String Queens, The MusicianShip, The Washington Women in Jazz Festival, and Washington Performing Arts. Ariel has served as a guest speaker for organizations including Georgetown University and Chamber Music America and has contributed as a grants panelist for the Department of Education, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Her written work is set to be included in the 2021 publication of A Grassroots Leadership & Arts for Social Change Primer for Educators, Organizers, Activists & Rabble-Rousers.

 The volume “highlights authors from around the globe, who have contributed to the ongoing effort to expand the field of leadership from a bottom-up, collective, collaborative, and horizontally-based perspective,” and will be published by the International Leadership Association in October 2021. Ariel’s passion for the arts began onstage, as a French Horn player. She has had the opportunity to perform with ensembles across the world, from the Grammy’s stage with Lizzo to an international festival in Guadeloupe celebrating the work of composer Chevalier de Saint George. She takes as many opportunities to visit her hometown of Detroit, Michigan as she can, and is a graduate of Howard University, where she obtained her degree in Music Business.

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