Shelter Songs is a sponsored artist with Performance Zone Inc (dba The Field), a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community. Contributions to The Field earmarked for Shelter Songs are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law
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Shelter Songs Advisory Board
Matthew Brookshire is a songwriter and performer originally from North Carolina. In addition to his own recordings, he has written music for films, television, and live theater. For over a decade, Matthew has worked in non-profit program management and fundraising for The Actors Fund, a national human services organization serving professionals in the arts and entertainment. He holds undergraduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and the North Carolina School of the Arts, and an MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College.
Chris Hammett co-founded Falconworks Artists Group, a nonprofit organization that uses theater individuals and communities in order to effect social change. He currently serves as Falconworks’ treasurer and producer of its mainstage productions. Chris has over 15 years experience in marketing, product management, and compliance in the financial industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. He has lived in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years.
Jessie Kilguss/ Executive Director/ Musicambia. Jessie is passionate about using the arts as a springboard for personal transformation. Having served as both the Director of Development and Public Relations at Art Start and subsequently, the Development Director and Program Manager at Arts For All, Jessie has been committed to bringing arts education to under-served communities for the past several years.
In addition to her work in the non-profit sector, Jessie is also a singer/songwriter and a former actress. As a singer/songwriter, she has released four albums, toured Europe with Freddie Stevenson, opening for the Waterboys and played a featured show at the Sundance Film Festival. As an actress, she worked in feature film and the West End in London.
Sydney Price is an award-winning executive and Founder & CEO of The Knew Purpose (TKP), a conscious leadership education company. TKP guides leaders and companies to build financially sustainable businesses while lifting people and the planet. Recognized as a catalyst in business transformation for her abilities to intertwine purpose, business, and social impact, Sydney was awarded “Most Influential Women” by CEO Connection, 2015.
Previously, as SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Kate Spade & Company (KSC), Sydney strategically built a profitable commercial channel within KSC value chain while creating a women-focused Social Enterprise Supplier Model in Rwanda. This innovative model received “Best Economic Empowerment Program” from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation in 2015 and was studied and endorsed by Georgetown University as a result in 2017. Prior to this role, she was SVP of Direct to Consumer and Global Merchandising at KSC and held multiple positions at Neiman Marcus Group.
Through The Knew Purpose, Sydney works with leaders, companies, and communities to create a better world.