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Grace Blake

Grace Blake

Director of Operations and Programming, Iridium

Grace Blake is a music industry veteran, producer of two award winning PBS series “Front and Center” and “Speakeasy,” highlighting musical performances by superstar musical talent such as Shawn Mendes, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Liam Gallagher and many more. She has also produced season one of MTV Live Set List with performances by Dua Lipa, Kaleo, Børns etc.

Blake is also the long-time Director of Operations and Programming at The Iridium music venue in New York. Blake brings with her many years of artist relations, programming, production, talent buying and valued relationships with industry professionals.

Since May of 2020 Grace has served as Co-Executive Director of My Good (mygood.org) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization she co-founded with Charyn Harris and Grammy award singer Macy Gray. The organization’s primary goal is to provide support, mental health services and legal resources for the mothers and families who have lost loved ones due to police violence and brutality. My Good is not an anti-police organization.

In December 2014, Grace was recognized and inducted as a Great Music Manager & Promoter at Iridium in the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

Blake currently serves a Board member for NIVA (National Independent Venues Association) and NYVIA (New York Independent Venues Association); and is looking forward to further NIVA’s and NYVIA’s strategic plan and continuing to build an inclusive community of members.

Born in Jamaica and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Blake is one of the most respected music industry veterans worldwide.

NIVA Presents Building Back Better pt. 2: Being a Better Neighbor

October 15, 2021, 7:00:00 PM

Independent music and entertainment venues are for the community by the community; every day, their owners and staff do much more than entertain us. Join venue leaders from all over the country as they discuss how they became anchors of their community, what it takes to be a good neighbor, and how they are working to build back better post-pandemic.