Kid Pan Alley (KPA) is pleased to announce that music industry pro Jen Jacobsen has joined the organization as Executive Director, where she will work with KPA’s Founder Paul Reisler to manage the operations of the organization and expand the reach of Kid Pan Alley’s powerful songwriting programs for children of all ages.
“We are thrilled to have Jen on board to build on Kid Pan Alley’s successful 20-year history and help take us to the next level,” said KPA Board President Doug Himberger. “Jen’s passion for music, her expertise in advocacy, and her ability to forge partnerships among arts organizations, policymakers, and industry stakeholders makes her the right person to lead Kid Pan Alley into a new phase of growth and vibrancy.”
Jen comes to KPA from Sony Music Entertainment, where she was Vice President, Industry and Government Relations from 2005-2019. In that role, she served as the company’s voice in Washington and worked to advance public policy initiatives that benefit the music community, including the landmark Music Modernization Act that was recently enacted to ensure fair compensation for music creators. A lifelong musician, Jen has performed in numerous community theatre productions in the D.C. area, and is currently the lead singer in a local cover band “The Overcommitments.” Jen received her B.A. in History from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Kid Pan Alley was founded by professional songwriter Paul Reisler in 1999. KPA’s mission is to inspire and empower children to be creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through programs in schools and partnerships with community organizations. To date KPA has worked with over 65,000 children to write over 2700 songs across the country, from Virginia to Hawai’i.
“I am delighted that Jen has joined Kid Pan Alley on the eve of our 20th Anniversary,” said Paul. Jen is a seasoned music industry professional who loves music and has a deep commitment to inspiring children to be creators of their own culture.”
Jen said: “I am honored to join Kid Pan Alley at this exciting turning point for our organization. The art of songwriting is a powerful tool for unleashing creativity and fostering teamwork and dialogue among people from ages 3 to 103. I can’t wait to work with this amazing team to lead KPA into the future.”
On October 11th, Kid Pan Alley will release its 5th studio album –“Best Friends” — in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. The album features songs written with kids, for kids – performed by some of the best-known children’s artists in the country, including Lisa Loeb, Randy Kaplan, Sonia De Los Santos, Bill Harley, Robbie Schaefer, John McCutcheon and many more.
Kid Pan Alley invites all to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and the “Best Friends” album release at two special concerts: October 12th (12pm) at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA (https://fallforthebook.org/schedule/) and October 19th (2pm) at the Little Washington Theatre in Little Washington, VA (www.bit.ly/KPA20). Both concerts feature the Kid Pan Alley Band and horn section, along with Paul Reisler and his band Three Good Reasons.
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