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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.
<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>As she moves into the role upon Biden's inauguration tomorrow, Dailey <a href="https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-nonprofit-founder-picked-to-help-biden-harris-administration/" target="_blank">told KXAN</a> she hopes she can work more permanently with the new administration to continue advocating for change on a national level.<br/></p><p><br/></p><p><strong>More on Biden administration: </strong></p>
<h2><a href="https://austonia.com/biden-picks-ut-profs" target="_self">UT professors chosen for presidential transition teams</a></h2>
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