Sony Music Group names Towalame Austin EVP, Philanthropy and Social Impact
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Today, Sony Music Group, inclusive of Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, announced it has named prominent non-profit leader Towalame Austin Executive Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Impact. She will be based in Los Angeles and report jointly to Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt and Sony Music Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Kevin Kelleher.
In this newly-created role, Towalame will work closely with Sony Music Group’s Corporate Communications and Human Resources teams to advance its humanitarian efforts through impactful contributions and sustained strategic partnerships. She will work to extend philanthropic programs and activities across the company’s global network, while advising its businesses, artists and songwriters on charitable initiatives reflecting Sony Music Group’s existing commitment to corporate giving.
Recently, Sony Music Group launched a $100 million fund to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives, in addition to participating in Sony Corporation’s $100 million fund for global Covid-19 relief. Sony Music Group also established a recurring “Giving Tuesday” campaign, which matched employee donations to hundreds of civic and charitable organizations.
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt stated, “I have known Towalame professionally for many years, and genuinely admire what she has accomplished as a strategic advisor for non-profits. Through her work with some of the most influential leaders in music and entertainment, Towalame has helped chart a new course for creative companies to authentically give back to the communities they serve. I look forward to her guidance in expanding our impact as a socially-conscious organization.”
Towalame Austin said, “It is an honor to join Sony Music Group and deliver on their promise to meaningfully support communities in need. I look forward to bringing my expertise to the company to help develop its philanthropic and advocacy efforts globally.”
Towalame began her career in the non-profit sector at the Magic Johnson Foundation Inc., whose mission is to support the educational, health and social needs of diverse, underserved communities. During her tenure, she served as EVP and President. From there, she accepted the position of President of the Mourning Family Foundation, which supports disadvantaged youth in Miami. Austin currently sits on the Philanthropic/Advisory Board for her Alma Mater, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Source Sony Music
July 13, 2020 10:31am ET by Pressparty