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Leigh Ann Hahn

Leigh Ann has curated, programmed, envisioned, tour managed and produced thousands of concerts, festivals, showcases and more, featuring creatives from Los Angeles and around the world in her decades-long performing arts career, most recently at Grand Performances.  She values work that tells stories of our shared humanity, embraces and encourages parity, bravery, grace, compassion and risk-taking.  One of her most important strengths is in the creative conceptualization and production of programs that tell complete stories from unexpected perspectives with equal respect for audiences, artists, the producing institution, those participant’s histories and futures. As such, Leigh Ann’s curatorial voice has played a critical role in developing the creative arts scene in Southern California. She works closely with the Recording Academy (GRAMMY awards) and participates in Academy leadership convenings. She lives and finds beauty in the gritty warehouse district of downtown Los Angeles

Claudia Norman

Claudia is a multilingual award-winning arts producer, consultant, artist and event manager based in New York City with 25 years experience developing, producing, and executing international performing arts projects in the USA and Latin America. Raised and educated in Mexico City with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Universidad Autónoma de México, Claudia also has a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.  She is the executive producer and founder of the annual Celebrate Mexico Now Festival and curator and producer of La Casita at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. She has produced concerts for Yo-Yo Ma in Mexico City and the Chavela Vargas Farewell Concert at Carnegie Hall. She is co-producer and co-curator of the CDMX Festival  and  Rebel Spirit series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Claudia specializes in online, streamed and live content curation in many areas of the performing arts including dance, music, spoken word, visual arts and film. She has deep knowledge of community outreach, marketing, social media, fundraising and sponsorship development, especially in Spanish speaking markets, both in the USA and internationally.

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Anne Kogan

Anne is a creative arts administrator and program manager who specializes in the intersection of community engagement and programming. Racial and cultural equity is at the center of all her work. Most recently the Programming Manager at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, she founded the community engagement program ArtsBridge in West Dallas and produced the Elevator Project, featuring Dallas’ performing artists. At the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Anne programmed HearHere, the marquee speaker series in Dallas, helped create a new series of family programming, and booked pop, comedy, and other commercial entertainment throughout the year.  Previously she was the Programming Manager at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC, and worked in programming and production at the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), and produced the National Folk Festival and its related events. Anne has created and managed several US tours. Anne live in Dallas with her husband and step-kids

Tom Frouge

Tom has worked in most aspects of the music business including record labels, management, promotion, marketing, publishing, producing, presenting and songwriting. He is Executive Director of Avokado Artists, a 360° arts organization dedicated to cross-cultural understanding and cultivation, promotion, presentation and preservation of culturally significant artists and their work. Activities include artist management, presenting and consultation. Tom is the founder, director and curator of ¡Globalquerque! New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture, founded in 2004.  In 2018, he helped launch Festival Eclectica in Angel Fire, NM; in October 2019, Tom became curator for the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington IN and in August 2020 he was appointed to the New Mexico Music Commission by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Tom served for five years as Music Liaison for Economic Development, City of Albuquerque and is a frequent moderator and participant on arts and culture panels. Tom resides in the foothills of Central New Mexico with his wife and assorted cats.

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Isabel Soffer

Isabel has been at the forefront of multi-genre cultural arts programming and producing in the USA for three decades. She is co-founder and co-director of globalFEST which has been serving the arts sector since 2003. gF’s mission is to encourage the performing arts field to present and promote global and American regional music traditions. Isabel is founder of Live Sounds which produces and curates concerts, public programs, festivals and multimedia projects. Her projects are based on the belief that art has the power to catalyze change and that a healthy society includes the free flow of cultural exchange, ideas and information. 

Isabel has produced four Grammy-nominated cds; produced pioneering international tours,  co-founded The Rebel Spirit series to recognize and promote legends of the Latin American nueva canción movement and created the Reel Rhythms Film Festival. Most recently she founded the NY/NJ Fado Festival. An avid collaborator, Isabel works extensively with cultural institutions worldwide and has been a juror for dozens of events and regularly participates in cultural forums, panel discussions and workshops. She is a board member of the Saugerties Arts Commission, where she lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

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