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KWF Trustee: Susan Feder

Susan Feder has been Program Officer for the Performing Arts at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2007. For the prior 20 years, as Vice President of G. Schirmer, Inc., she developed the careers of many leading composers in the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Earlier in her career, she was Editorial Coordinator of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and Program Editor at the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Feder also currently serves as Vice President of the Amphion Foundation and on the boards of the Kurt Weill Foundation, Charles Ives Society, and Steinberg-Fleezanis Fund, as well as on the Operating Committee of the national ArtPlace initiative. A graduate of Princeton University, she is a member of the University's Music Department Advisory Council and volunteers for the Alumni Schools Committee. Ms. Feder also received an MA in the History and Literature of Music from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on the boards of the American Music Center, Music Publishers Association, and as well as the Symphonic and Concert Committee at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Strategic Planning Committee of the American Symphony Orchestra League. Her program notes, liner notes, and music criticism have appeared in a variety of publications, and she has been a frequent speaker on issues related to music publishing and arts philanthropy. Ms. Feder's honors include ASCAP's Concert Music Award,where she was described as "Publisher, Advisor, Friend, and Champion," an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for her program notes for the American Composers Orchestra, and the dedication of John Corigliano's Pulitzer-Prize winning Symphony No. 2.