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Music Works International Expands Team, Roster, and Global Reach

Led by industry veteran Katherine McVicker, boutique agency Music Works International continues to add new artists, territories and staff while entering its third year as a leader in audience and artistic development. "We are excited that MWI's growth affords us the opportunity to build our staff and bring more industry professionals into the fold. We are focused on taking the company to the next level," Director Katherine McVicker says, adding, "we look forward to expanding our market reach and creating new networks of promoters in South America, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim as well as growing our roster of artists and special projects."

MWI is home to over 25 top jazz, R & B, roots and world music artists such as Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ruthie Foster, Richard Bona, Monty Alexander, Christian McBride, The Gloaming, David Sanborn, Jason Moran and Blind Boys of Alabama.

Over the past year, MWI has added the legendary Monty Alexander, pianist Aaron Diehl, and Bokanté, the world music project of Malika Tirolien with Snarky Puppy's Michael League. These new signings find the agency building up their distinctive roster with a wider reach.

"While Aaron is seen as a jazz artist, he is also an acclaimed classical pianist who recently performed with the New York Philharmonic," noted MWI's Marketing Director, David Greenberg. "And in other genres, there's Bokanté, a band with three members of Snarky Puppy that really grooves deep in the World genre, Monty Alexander's Harlem Kingston Express, a reggae/ska/jazz double trio, and Richard Bona's Mandekan Cubano, these acts have opened MWI up to a new level of promoters and range of territories."

MWI is also adding to their marketing, sales, and booking teams.

Anngelle Wood, of Billerica, MA, recently joined MWI's expanded marketing team. Ms. Wood is a veteran of Boston area event promotion, producing Boston's Rock and Roll Rumble for many years, and has been on-air talent for stations including WFNX, WBCN, and now with her Boston Emission's show currently on WZLX. The company's booking department is also growing with the addition of Agent Amanda Slaybaugh who joins MWI from Madison House in Colorado where she was Junior Booking Agent. In addition, Hopkington, MA, native, Mitchel Campbell, is a recent graduate in music business from the University of Hartford and is now the newest member of the MWI sales team, joining as an Assistant.

About Music Works International Music Works International collaborates with the world's finest musicians, promoters, and venues to develop tours that expand audiences, artists, and markets. MWI's deep experience creatively powers the artistic development and vision of an exceptional roster of musicians and bands spanning jazz, world music, folk, and R&B. MWI's technique of expansion is to build communities of regional presenters who collaborate to create strong and profit-generating tours.

About Katherine McVicker Katherine McVicker founded Music Works International in 2014, after 3 decades in the music industry as an agent developing the touring careers for dozens of artists such as Michael Brecker, Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Brad Mehldau, Lizz Wright, The Bad Plus, Jason Moran, Richard Bona, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Vijay Iyer and noted world music artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and The Gloaming. Katherine also launched the European touring career of Norah Jones in 2000 and worked with her until 2007 developing her profile in Europe. McVicker continues to develop her boutique agency with an eye toward expanding opportunities for established artists on the roster as well as fostering the live performance careers of the next generation of jazz icons Ambrose Akinmusire, Antonio Sanchez, Aaron Diehl and Justin Kauflin and the finest American roots artists, Ruthie Foster, Blind Boys of Alabama and Jon Cleary. Katherine is available for interviews or for clinics on the state of the industry, international touring, and artist development.

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