National Museum Of African American Music Board Appoints Music Industry Relations Committee

The National Museum of African American Music has appointed members to the museum’s first Music Industry Relations Committee of the Board of Directors. The committee’s purpose will be to serve as a liaison to help the museum cultivate and maintain relationships in the artist community and the music industry.

Celebrity strategist, media personality and NMAAM Board Member Dyana Williams and entertainment attorney Leron E. Rogers, Esq will serve as co-chairpersons of the committee.

Williams brings years of expertise to the role with a career working with dozens of notable Black artists and entertainment professionals. She has spent decades as a radio host in Philadelphia, but also is prominently known as one of the co-founders of Black Music Month which has been celebrated annually in June since 1979.

Rogers is an entertainment attorney and partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois where he is vice-chair of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice. He has worked with high-profile actors, athletes, recording artists, producers, songwriters, record labels, publishing and management companies, music industry trade organizations and new media companies.

Eighteen individuals representing all areas of the music industry have been selected to lead the committee including artists, label executives, talent managers, media executives, media personalities, entertainment attorneys, entertainment marketing professionals and entertainment strategists.

Current members of the NMAAM Media Industry Relations Committee include:


  • Dyana Williams, Celebrity Strategist, CEO, Influence Entertainment
  • Leron E. Rogers, Esq, Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP and President of BESLA


  • Al B. Sure, Recording Artist and Radio Host
  • Angela Yee, Entrepreneur and Co-host of the Breakfast Club radio show
  • Ashaunna Ayars, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, The Ayars Agency
  • Azim Rashid, Senior Vice President/Head of Urban Promotion, Columbia Records
  • Brandon Pankey, Vice President, Business Development & Operations, Live Nation Urban
  • Courtney Stewart, Founder and CEO, Right Hand Music Group
  • David Linton, Chairman, Living Legends Foundation Inc., Program Director WCLK-FM
  • Gail Mitchell, Executive Director of R&B/Hip-Hop, Billboard
  • Karen E. Lee, Senior Vice President, W&W Public Relations
  • Laiya St. Clair, Producer/Co-host, Questlove Supreme Podcast and Love + Grit Podcast
  • Lynn M. Scott, Vice President, Marketing, HITCO
  • Monique Idlett-Mosley, President and CEO, Reign Ventures
  • Natina Nimene, Senior Vice President of Urban Promotion, Def Jam Records
  • Peter Kadin, Vice President of Marketing, EMPIRE
  • Robin Lyon, Founder and CEO, Baller Alert Foundation
  • Whitney-Gayle Benta, Head of Artist and Talent Relations, Spotify


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