WORLD MUSIC PRODUCTIONS INC
WORLD MUSIC PRODUCTIONS INC
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Founder and Executive Producer
Sean Barlow is creator and producer of Afropop Worldwide, the first nationally syndicated program in the U.S. devoted to African music. Barlow studied with a Ghanaian master drummer at Wesleyan in the '70s. He started his public radio career as a volunteer at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he launched the station's first world music program. He began field work for Afropop in ‘85 and has since worked in over 25 countries. He produced the annual (1988-93) Afropop Worldwide Listener's Guide, opening doors for key gatekeepers in the arts and media. He co-authored Afropop: An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary African Music in 1995, and co-produced the documentary film Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions, set near Timbuktu in 2003. He has produced hundreds of Afropop radio programs and served as a mentor to many. He is the lead fundraiser for Afropop, having raised some 10-million dollars from CPB, Ford, Rockefeller, Rockefeller Brothers, NPR, Merck, major donors, others.
Lead Researcher & Editor of Afropop.org
Banning Eyre writes and broadcasts about international music, especially contemporary African music. He has traveled to Africa frequently doing research in over 18 countries and written three books on his research there, including the acclaimed In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali(Temple Univ. Press/Serpent's Tail) and Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe(Duke Univ. Press 2015). Eyre reports on world music for NPR's All Things Considered and has produced over 100 one-hour programs for Afropop Worldwide. He is also Senior Editor at www.afropop.org. Eyre has contributed to a number of international publications, including the Boston Phoenix, Billboard, Guitar Player, Global Rhythm, Village Voice, The Walrusand FRoots. Eyre is also an accomplished guitarist, specializing in African styles, a great asset in his research and reporting for Afropop Worldwide.
Number of employees
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WORLD MUSIC PRODUCTIONS INCOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
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WORLD MUSIC PRODUCTIONS INCBoard of directors
as of 12/28/2022
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Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
CEO oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable
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Race & ethnicity
Equity strategiesLast updated: 11/15/2022
- We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
- We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
- We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
- We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
- We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.