Elizabeth Cawein is a publicist, strategist and music advocate. She has a decade of experience in music publicity, and in 2016 founded a not-for-profit initiative called Music Export Memphis. MEM leverages public and private support to function as an export office for Memphis music, creating opportunities for musicians and driving economic development through music and culture. In January of 2019 she joined strategic consultancy Sound Diplomacy to continue her work in music strategy and advocacy. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor of music urbanism at Rhodes College. In 2015 she was honored by the British Council at its inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards, celebrating outstanding U.S. alumni of British institutions. Elizabeth has moderated panels at SXSW and has presented showcases at Folk Alliance International, SXSW and AmericanaFest. She is dedicated to the belief that smart cities are music cities - her TED Talk on the subject has 1 million views and climbing: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_cawein_we_built_this_city_on_a_bold_music_identity
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