Live Music Society (LMS) has announced that Cat Henry has been appointed Executive Director of the nonprofit philanthropic organization, effective September 15, 2021. Artistic leader, producer, and strategic and collaborative curator, Henry brings more than twenty years to experience in the cultural sector at Société de musique en direct. She will be responsible for overseeing LMS programs, building partnerships and strategic relationships to drive growth and serving as a public champion for the organization.
As Henry begins his new role, Live Music Society prepares to open a third round of grants to concert halls across the United States. Applications will be accepted in rooms with a capacity of 50 to 300 seats from September 28 to October 20, 2021, via the website.
“We are delighted that Cat is taking over as Executive Director and we look forward to seeing Live Music Society grow and prosper under her leadership,” said a member of the Board of Directors, Nona hendryx. “Cat understands our core issues, brings years of arts management experience, and has built strong relationships within the music community.”
“I am truly honored to take the reins of Live Music Society at such a critical time for American concert halls,” said Henry. “LMS is uniquely positioned to help small venues recover from the pandemic and achieve sustainability for the future. The organization was founded with the belief that music is central to what it means to be alive and will continue to champion the vital role that live music plays in thriving communities. “
Henry joined the Live Music Society of Jazz at Lincoln Center where she served as Vice President, Concerts and Tours. In this role, Henry managed all performance-related activities under the JALC brand, including the New York season at the Rose Theater and The Appel Room, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra world tour with Wynton marsalis, and evening sets at Dizzy’s Club. She launched and expanded the organization’s live and broadcast capabilities, oversaw the presentation of hundreds of the season’s performances, and extended the international reach of the jazz orchestra with tours in Asia, America. South and New Zealand. Prior to her leadership role, Henry served the organization for over a decade as a senior producer and director of concert administration.
As a consultant, Henry has worked with clients in the arts and culture sector to plan and produce concerts and public programs. She is the curator of the Hudson Jazz Festival in Hudson, NY, and a producer for Restart Stages at Lincoln Center. Henry has served on juries for the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of New York Women’s Fund, and the Global Leaders Program. She is a member of the NAS Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance from The New School.
“Cat is joining Live Music Society at a particularly important time for our organization and for the entire live music industry,” said Pete Muller, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Live Music Society. “I have no doubts that Cat will be a creative and principled leader as we continue to provide small venues with the support they need to thrive. With the pandemic underway, many of these clubs are still fighting to keep their doors open. “
Since its inception in 2020, LMS has committed to awarding $ 1 million per year in grants to venues that promote and preserve the live music experience in intimate environments, where artists of all skill levels and genres perform. their beginnings, connect with their audiences and maintain their performing careers. Individual grants range from $ 10,000 to $ 50,000. In the first two rounds of grants, Live Music Society has already awarded grants to thirty-six venues in twenty-nine cities for a total of over $ 1.2 million.