The Grammy Foundation
A 15-year veteran of the music and arts industries, Kristen Madsen is currently serving as Senior Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, two charities founded by the Recording Academy. The GRAMMY Foundation is dedicated to cultivating awareness and appreciation of music and its impact on American culture; MusiCares provides a safety net of critical services and financial assistance to music people in need.
Prior to heading up the GRAMMY charities, Madsen served as Vice President of Member Services for the Recording Academy for 8 years. During her tenure there, she oversaw significant growth in the department. A few key accomplishments include a doubling of the membership; an expansion of chapter offices from 8 to 12; an increase and refocusing of the Academy Grants program from $45,000 to $700,000; and the launch and development of GRAMMY Fest, a month-long celebration of the GRAMMYs bringing together the Academy’s GRAMMY activities with local cultural programs.
Madsen began her career in the arts management field working at the Utah Arts Council where she acted as consultant to non-profit organizations on issues including board development, grant-writing, marketing and program development. In that position she also managed a roster of touring artists including booking dates, contract negotiations and publicity. She also ran the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, a membership association dedicated to ensuring access to public funds for arts programming in local communities across the state.
Madsen currently serves on the boards for Grantmakers in the Arts, the Actors Fund, and the Library of Congress’ National Recordings Preservation Board.