Make Music New York Board of Directors

Aaron Friedman, President
Founder, Make Music New York
Executive Director, Make Music Alliance

Samit ModyTreasurer
Vice President, Emigrant Realty Finance

Takashi YoshizakiSecretary
Consultant, Parker Infrastructure Partners, LLC

Robert Becker
Strategic Sales & Licensing, CoreLogic

Sarah Binder Mehta
President, PianoPiano LLC

Evelyn Erskine
Senior Communications Manager for Global Philanthropy and Engagement, Bloomberg LP

Camilla Hellman
Business Entrepreneur

Henry Henderson
VP of Leasing, Marx Realty & Improvement Company Inc.

Sharon King Hoge
Writer and Editor; Former ED of National Music Day

Dick Lynn
Music and Television Producer; multi-media artist

Robert Singerman
North America Director, Brasil Music Exchange

Devin T. Stewart
Senior Program Director & Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council

Steven Swartz
Founder & Director, Dotdotdotmusic

Jenny Undercofler
Professor, SUNY Purchase

Michael Urschel
Partner in Securitization, King & Spalding LLP


Make Music New York Artistic Advisors

Don Byron

John Corigliano

Paquito D’Rivera

Charles Fabius

Phil Kline

Meredith Monk

Lee Ranaldo

Steve Reich

Isabel Soffer

George Steel

Chris Wangro


Make Music New York Staff

James Burke, Executive Director
James is a performing arts executive with over fifteen years of experience and a special passion for activating free public programs.  Most recently, he was Executive Director of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, a not-for-profit theater and arts academy serving Long Island’s East End.  From 2001 through 2013, James worked at City Parks Foundation, NYC’s largest producer of free outdoor performing arts programs, including the renowned Central Park SummerStage and Charlie Parker Jazz festivals.  As Director of Arts & Cultural Programs (2007-13), he and his team rebranded and expanded SummerStage to parks across all five boroughs, spearheaded dozens of dynamic commissions, developed original content for television and the Web, and forged innovative partnerships with a host of prestigious presenting organizations.  Prior to 2001, James worked in sales, marketing and promotions for a variety of music industry trendsetters, including Paradigm Associated Labels, Caroline Distribution, CMJ Music Marathon and Reel to Reel Records.  An avid musician since his teens, he has recorded and toured with numerous projects, including the post-punk band Idle (Big Deal).  He is a graduate of Boston College and an alumnus of Coro Leadership NY, class of XVII.

Petrit Pula, Deputy Director
For over a decade, Petrit has held multiple functions in the music industry. He is most known for being the founder of Brasil Summerfest, the largest contemporary Brazilian music & arts festival in the world. The festival launched in 2011 and has presented some of Brazil’s most celebrated artists including Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, Lenine. From 2014-2018, he worked independently as a producer, curator and consultant on numerous projects for various companies and institutions such as France Rocks/French Bureau Export, Rockrose Development Corp, Central Park SummerStage, Jewish Museum, Natura, Red Bull, Soho House. From 2006 to 2014, he was the head of Nublu Records, an independent record label where he managed its worldwide operations including distribution, marketing, business affairs and licensing for TV/Film for companies like Sony Pictures, CBS, Focus Features. Between 2011-2014 he was also involved with the Nublu Jazz Festival which took place in New York, São Paulo and Istanbul presenting many high profile artists such as Roy Ayers, Robert Glasper, Sun Ra Arkestra. He holds a BBA Degree from Baruch College (class of 2003).