The Music Forward Foundation has announced Canada’s Patti-Anne Tarlton, EVP, Live Nation global lead at Ticketmaster, as president of the non-profit’s board of directors.
The advocacy foundation, synced to Live Nation brand House of Blues, provides a basket of programs to high-school and college-aged young people to help overcome gender, poverty, and race barriers to these music industry entrants. In just under two years, the charity has altered its board representation from 25% women and no people of colour to a current representation of 86% women and 43% POC.
“I want to continue to motivate young people to reach for their full potential and seek influential positions across the music industry,” Tarlton says. “I am honoured to step into the president role and look forward to leading this board and staff in our mission to make the industry accessible, equitable, and inclusive to all.”
A McGill U Labor & Industrial Relations grad and the niece of Canadian concert impresario Donald Tarlton, Patti-Anne Tarlton has a sparkling career in the live industry that includes stints with Perryscope Productions, Donald K. Donald, House of Blues, and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. She is currently EVP of Live Nation Global based in Toronto, and is a member of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Other distinctions include being recognized as one of Billboard Magazine’s Women in Music, Pollstar’s Women of Live! and VenuesToday’s Woman of Influence
The charity administers and manages Crew Nation, a global relief fund for live music crews, that has raised over $16 million to offer support to over 16,000 crew members affected by the ongoing pandemic.
Music Forward also announced that Lori Lilly, Live Nation senior vice president of legal affairs has been newly elected to the board.
Lilly is a U of Southern California graduate with 20+ years of experience in legal affairs. She has served as legal counsel for Live Nation for over twelve years and represents the concert company in employment affairs.