The panel will discuss the impact of the pandemic on the industry through the lens of arts funders, whose influence often drives program development.
Fred Bronstein – an accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – began his appointment as the first dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. He was renewed for a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Continue to read Fred Bronstein’s bio>>
Ben Cameron, President of the Jerome Foundation, was Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2006-15), where, during his tenure, the Foundation created the Doris Duke Artists Awards and received the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama. He previously served as the Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group, as the Senior Program Officer for the Dayton Hudson Foundation and Manager of Community Relations for Target Stores, and as the Director of the Theater Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, a BA with honors from UNC-CH and is a recipient of three honorary degrees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Anita Contini brings more than four decades of cultural leadership to her role on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team, with diverse experience including public affairs, building corporate partnerships, manifesting global relationships, and leading philanthropic non-profit organizations.
Contini joined the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team in 2010 to oversee day-to-day team operations and to oversee and develop Arts programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this role, her portfolio includes the Public Art Challenge, Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, Bloomberg Connects, Sponsorships, and the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program. Through public-private partnerships, these initiatives tap into the power of art and culture to address civic issues, celebrate creativity, strengthen local economies, and prepare the next generation for success in the workforce.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Contini served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs and Philanthropy at CIT, Vice President and Director of the World Trade Center Memorial and Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and First Vice President of Global Sponsorships and Client Relationships at Merrill Lynch. She also founded and served as President of the award-winning non-profit arts organization, Creative Time.
Contini serves on the boards of the SMU DataArts, Grantmakers in the Arts, Publicolor and the Operating Committee for ArtPlace America, and has received awards for distinguished public service from organizations including ArtTable, Downtown Lower Manhattan Business Association, the Municipal Arts Society, Hofstra University Distinguished Achievement, and the AIA New York Chapter.
Susan Feder is a program officer in the Arts and Culture program, with responsibility for performing arts and related organizations. Working within ACH, across the Foundation’s other program areas, and with leading national and regional arts service organizations, she has helped oversee a broad diversification of ACH’s portfolio and range of supported activities. Before joining the Foundation, as vice president of the music publisher G. Schirmer, Inc., she developed the careers of many leading composers in the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Earlier in her career, she was editorial coordinator of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (1986), program editor at the San Francisco Symphony, and an award-winning freelance writer on music. Feder obtained degrees in musicology from Princeton University (where she currently serves on the Music Department Advisory Council), and the University of California, Berkeley.
Feder is vice president of the Amphion Foundation; sits on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, the Kurt Weill Foundation, and the Charles Ives Society; and is on the Advisory Council for the Mosaic Fund. Her honors include the Concert Music Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), for which she was described as “Publisher, Advisor, Friend, and Champion,” an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for her program notes, and Musical America’s Profiles in Courage award (2014). She is the dedicatee of John Corigliano’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Symphony No. 2, Augusta Read Thomas’s Helios Choros, and Joan Tower’s Dumbarton Oaks Quintet.