Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison, was among those announced Aug. 28 as the one of the newest board members of the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. The announcement was made by the academy, which also added several music industry executives as new members to its Grammy Foundation board.
Also named for the MusiCares board were Jody Gerson currently the co-president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing who'll become chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing in January; James Higa, executive director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and mentor in residence for Index Ventures; Mike Knobloch, president of film music and publishing at Universal Pictures and a Recording Academy Trustee; Michael McDonald, co-founder of ATO Records and the artist management company Mick Management; and Kirdis Postelle, senior vice president of marketing for the Capitol Music Group. Bill Silva, president of Bill Silva Entertainment, remains as the MusiCares board chairman.
"The Board Members of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares are genuinely committed individuals who support the missions and programs of their respective Foundations in a range of significant ways," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares and The Recording Academy in a statement. "We're fortunate to have such a diverse group of high-level innovative thinkers on the Boards of our Foundations to ensure our institutional progress and continued growth."
Among her accomplishments, Olivia Harrison was co-producer of the “Concert for George” in 2003 and the Martin Scorsese documentary “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” in 2011. She was also co-founder of the Romanian Angel Appeal with Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach, Yoko Ono and Elton John. The charity was established to help children in Romania.
MusiCares, which was established over 20 years ago by The Recording Academy, provides help to members of the music industry in financial, medical and personal emergencies. It also focuses on health and welfare issues that affect the music community.