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Board of Trustees

This is ARC’s working Board of Trustees 2021.

Trustees are active planners and executors of ARC policy, requiring an annual monetary donation and attendance at four meetings per year. We welcome applicants to join our Board at any time.

Andrew S. Cohen
Managing Director, First Atlantic Capital. From 1996 to 2010 Andy was a Partner at AREA Property Partners (formally Apollo Real Estate Advisors), a real estate investment firm based in New York City. Prior to Apollo Mr. Cohen was a Senior Vice President with Park Tower Realty Corporation, a New York-based real estate developer. Mr. Cohen received a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Cohen’s most recent project was the Time-Warner Building at Columbus Circle.

Brian Cullman
Brian Cullman is a native New Yorker who has written about music for Crawdaddy, Creem, Rolling Stone, Details, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Antaeus and many other publications. He is a three-time recipient of the Ascap/Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism. He has recorded with such artists as Mark Knopfler, Vernon Reid, Linda Thompson, Robert Quine and John Scofield and has produced Lucinda Williams, Ghazal, Sussan Deyhim, among others. In the 1990s, his weekly radio show on cross cultural musics, “Bug Radio,” appeared on over 450 stations around the world.

Rachelle Friedman
Ms. Friedman is the R in J&R music, the legendary audio and electronics store in Lower Manhattan. 

B.George — Founder + Director
Bob George is the Founder and Executive Director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. The initial donation of 47,000 discs that began ARC came from his personal collection. Mr. George came to New York City in 1974 as a visual arts student at the Whitney Museum Studio Program. From 1975 to 1979, he co-directed performance artist Laurie Anderson’s stage show, and his record label, One Ten Records, released the first commercial compilation of audio work by visual artists, Airwaves, that included the initial recordings of Laurie Anderson and unreleased work by Meredith Monk. He received a National Endowment Grant to produce recordings by visual artists (1980), and released Laurie Anderson’s first single “O Superman,” that sold close to a million copies worldwide. His interest in world music has led him to produce singles by Orchestra Jazira (Ghana) and Sonny Okuson (Nigeria). As a consultant, Mr. George selected soundworks for the Paris Biennale (1981, 1983), New Music America (1984), Arts & Events at NYC’s World Financial Center (1985-1989) and produced an occasional survey of new American pop and experimental music for the BBC, UK, as part of “The John Peel Show” (1982 – 1985). He is the author of Volume, the first comprehensive discographical reference work on Punk and New Wave music, was a contributor to Goodtime Kings by Billy Bergman, the first American book on contemporary African Pop, written for The Village Voice, Playboy, Creem, Elle, Spin, Saveur and Billboard, and was the music editor for Benetton’s COLORS magazine. He has consulted on many film projects including Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ and Goodfellas, Tom Hanks’s That Thing You Do, and Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild, Beloved and The Manchurian Candidate. Mr. George sat on the Blue Ribbon Awards Committee for ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) choosing the best music books published (1993-1999) and was a member of the Yahoo Academy, voting on the Internet Life Awards for outstanding websites (1999).

Ashley Gail Harris
Ash is an art consultant based in New York City, specializing in post-war contemporary art and building private collections and portfolios in NYC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
She is the founder of 501c3 non-profit organization Wide Rainbow, a contemporary art after school program. She has been working with over 100 different celebrated artists, connecting them with underserved teens in Lower Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.  She is also the creator of Transparent Shades, an industry-leading social media platform featuring comprehensive coverage of current international museum and gallery exhibitions, and art events.Ashley Gail has been active in the development of institutional and cultural projects throughout New York City, advancing access of the arts to our community.

Eric David Johnson
Eric, aka DJ Bunny Ears, is Senior Vice President, Executive Integrated Music Producer at the McCann Agency, NY

Craig Kallman
Craig is CEO of Atlantic Record and a major record collector.

Molly McIver
Molly heads up the events space 99 Scott in Brooklyn and Head of Operations @ Frieze New York,  a media and events company.

Melina Spadone
Melina is Senior Counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. As a transactional attorney she advises high-net-worth individuals and family offices on myriad legal issues. She also acts as an advisor to nonprofits and is previous chair of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Peter Wright — Chair
Peter has spent his entire career in the music business in the independent sector starting out in post-punk Manchester in 1980 working for Buzzcocks’ management company and label New Hormones. In 1982 he moved to New York and worked in independent distribution at Dutch East India Trading and Caroline Distribution as well at Sonic Youth’s first label Neutral Records. He also set up his own publicity & promotion company to represent such key UK labels and artists as Mute Records, Red Rhino, the Mekons and Cabaret Voltaire. In 1988 he set up Mute Records New York office and became its Label Manager and then VP of Operations. In 1996 he moved to Boston, MA as GM for Rykodisc and in 2000 returned to NYC where he became GM of Instinct Records (Moby’s first home). Peter founded Virtual Label LLC in 2003 as a service company for artists and independent labels offering access to physical and digital distribution, management, marketing and consulting services. Virtual currently represents such artists as Alexi Murdoch, Sean Lennon, Andrew Bird, The Handsome Family and Swans as well as labels such as ROIR, Pressure Sounds, Cumbancha and Proper. In addition, Peter is chair of the American Association for Independent Music’s Digital Media & Emerging Technologies Committee.

Former Board members include Alan J. Bernstein, Rose Boeve, Adam Dolgins, David + Karen Diamond, Brian Hecht, Amy Larkin (our Chairman for many years) and Greg Shatan.