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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Grace Blake

Grace Blake

Programming Director, City Winery NYC, Pier 57 and Hudson Valley

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 the Programming Director at City Winery NYC, Pier 57 and Hudson Valley. She 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 (, 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 as an Advisory Board member of NYIVA (New York Independent Venues Association).

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

Build your Booking Network Through Creative Local Opportunities

Friday, October 13, 2023, 1:00 PM

Booking shows in any city can sometimes feel like a crap shoot. Knowing where to seek opportunities that build out your booking network helps ensure you create valuable relationships and a range of local fans. Learn from a variety of players in the live music landscape including independent venues, community programming, cultural institutes, etc. about how they approach programming, what relationships lead to more opportunities and why supporting micro music communities are always a win.

Not every artist will sell out ticketed shows or make money from streams. But there are live booking opportunities that help ensure you can solidify an anchor date in a city market.

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