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Austin nonprofit founder to serve under Biden administration

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Mela Sarajane Dailey, founder of Austin Artists Project, was selected to serve under the Biden-Harris administration's Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities.


On the task force, she will work to create more representation for the arts. Her appointment is consistent with the goal of the Biden-Harris administration to ensure at least half of new appointments are women, people of color, people with disabilities or LGBTQIA.

Since the pandemic began, Dailey's local organization has given out more than $100,000 in artist grants and has organized virtual, outdoor and drive-in concerts for local musicians. The local non-profit works with underserved artists to overcome social and economic injustices through funding assistance.

Dailey has had a 17-year-long career in the arts to date—her professional career began at Carnegie hall in 2003. In 2014, she became a Grammy winner with choral ensemble Conspirare. Apart from music, she has worked in film, television and radio as well.

As she moves into the role upon Biden's inauguration tomorrow, Dailey told KXAN she hopes she can work more permanently with the new administration to continue advocating for change on a national level.


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