MusicTT appoints new General Manager
The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) announced the appointment of its new general manager, Melissa Jimenez last Thursday. Jimenez, who has been acting in the role since June, was made official earlier this month.
Melissa Jimenez is a creative consultant, Fulbright Scholar and founder of Artzy Bitz; an all-encompassing arts management hub providing related services. With her years of education and experience, she has launched music/creative sector business initiatives in both Trinidad and Chicago.
Jimenez graduated from Colombia College Chicago with a Master’s degree in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies as well as Certificates in Events Management and Music (Steelpan). As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Jimenez continues to pursue other academic endeavours to enhance her skills in areas of interest to her.
Passionate about helping others, Jimenez has worked with Kids in Need of Direction (KIND) and the Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT), Must Come See Productions (MCSP), Launch Rockit and many other NGO's before being awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study. She was also the Chief Producer of a TechStars Startup Weekend (formally Google Startup Weekend) in Chicago and one of the lead organisers for the same event in Trinidad. She consulted for festivals like Eye on India and worked alongside the City of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago for 2017 festivals Wabash Arts Corridor and Big Walls.
“I want the world to see the Caribbean as not only as an ideal vacation destination but know us for our explosive talent and admirable cultural diversity,” Jimenez said.
"The music industry is bursting with talented persons, both seasoned and aspiring, who need assistance in various aspects in the business of music and we at MusicTT are here to help. I am confident that there is truly no limit to Trinbago’s creativity and potential to break into global markets and I look forward to working with all the stakeholders and industry professionals to make this happen."
Jimenez said she believes that Trinidad and Tobago has the skill and talent to thrive in the international Orange Economy and is ready to lead the development of the industry as MusicTT's general manager.