On McKinney Music, “the best independent music magazine in the UK“, Leticia Rhi Buckley brings expertise in arts and equity to the Los Angeles-based foundation as CEO of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Leticia Rhi Buckley

The Music Man Foundation Names Leticia Rhi Buckley to its Board of Directors
The Music Man Foundation Names Leticia Rhi Buckley to its Board of Directors

Leticia Rhi Buckley has joined The Music Man Foundation‘s Board of Directors, it was announced on Wednesday 29th March. The board will benefit from Buckley’s extensive knowledge of cultural equity and inclusion as well as arts management from her position as CEO of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles.

The Music Man Foundation

According to Foundation President Tom R. Camp, The Music Man Foundation believes in the power of music, as did Meredith Willson, in whose honor the foundation was established, and that no community’s access to music, learning, and well-being should be overlooked. Leticia’s professional experience working for America’s top cultural agencies and her in-depth understanding of the numerous benefits of arts participation for people of all ages will greatly assist the foundation’s mission.

Nonprofits working to permanently alter the way music is incorporated into American schools, health care systems, and communities receive more than $3 million in grants annually from the Los Angeles-based Music Man Foundation.

Buckley’s Vast Experience

Buckley was The Music Center’s senior civic strategist, where she developed and implemented partnerships with the community before taking over LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Beforehand, as acting executive director and chief deputy at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (presently the Department of Arts and Culture), she was pivotal in the development of LA County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, a report that set out techniques to guarantee all Angelenos have even-handed admittance to arts and culture.

Buckley is a member of the LA County Arts Commission, serves as chair of the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, and is president of the board of Californians for the Arts.

Buckley noted that music had filled her experience growing up in East Los Angeles, and she has consistently respected the huge job it played in her life. She is thrilled to join The Music Man Foundation’s board as it works to support change-makers who are dedicated to using music to improve all aspects of people’s lives, for everyone in society.

About the Music Man Foundation

The Music Man Foundation is named after Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical. Meredith’s widow, Rosemary, began the Foundation in 1998 as the Meredith and Rosemary Willson Charitable Foundation and considerably expanded the Foundation’s funds upon her demise in 2010. The Foundation’s mission is to help organizations use music to bring about lasting change and to spread the musical legacy of its founders. The Foundation has given more than $22 million to 80 organizations in the last ten years. Meredith Willson also wrote the music and lyrics for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” and the University of Iowa fight song.