A New Era Set To Begin For New York’s Longest-Running Free Performing Arts Festival At Lena Horne Bandshell In Prospect Park
(Brooklyn, NY – January 9, 2024) – Today BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, announced the appointment of Saidah Blount as the Executive Director of its flagship program BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, which celebrates 46 years this summer at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park. Blount will lead the curation, operations, and vision of the iconic performing arts festival, bringing years of experience at iconic brands like Sonos and NPR Music to the table. Blount and her team will help BRIC explore avenues to expand BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! into the digital and multimedia space, building on the storied reputation of the live event.
Saidah Blount, Executive Director of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, said:
“As a longtime BRIC fan with a deep passion for the music industry, it’s an honor to play a role in building the next chapter for this beloved community institution. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is an iconic heritage brand that holds a special place in the hearts of many. As we approach the festival’s 46th summer, I look forward to collaborating alongside our valued partners, elected officials, and celebrated artists to envision what the next 46 years of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! will look like.”
Wes Jackson, President of BRIC, said:
“Saidah’s extensive experience and innovative vision make her the perfect fit to lead BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! into the future. BRIC is committed to continuing the festival’s legacy and holding onto its roots while elevating the brand into its next chapter. We are confident that under Saidah’s guidance, the festival will continue to grow as a global cultural destination in Brooklyn and beyond.”
With a remarkable career spanning over 20 years, Blount has established herself as a dynamic leader, content creator, and producer. She played pivotal roles in producing and developing new sonic and cultural platforms for global brands, including impactful contributions to Sonos, NPR, and Cornerstone/The FADER. Notably, as a Global Marketing Director for Sonos, Blount elevated the company’s presence in the music and audio content space, garnering recognition for the development of award-winning content as the Executive Producer of their music service, Sonos Radio.
For over 45 years, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! has presented celebrated global music icons, chart topping indie bands, critically acclaimed dance troupes, films and more. It has become one of New York City’s foremost cultural attractions and a beloved summer tradition.
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BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for their community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC builds Brooklyn’s creative future.