Music – Susanna Eastburn

  • Role: Judge
  • Job Title: Chief Executive
  • Organisation: Sound and Music
  • Categories: Music
  • Years: 2016, 2017

Susanna Eastburn took up the role of Chief Executive of Sound and Music ( in September 2012. This is the latest senior appointment in a varied career that has included being Director, Music at Arts Council England from 2008-2012 and Executive Director of LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre between 2005-2008. Her background and particular interest is in new music and in supporting composers at different times in their career. Her first job was in music publishing, working as International Promotions Manager at Music Sales Ltd with a number of leading composers including Judith Weir, Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen. At the age of 32 she was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a role she fulfilled between 2000-2004, when she was selected to be a Youth Music Fellow on the inaugural year of the Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative to identify and develop leadership in the cultural sector. In September 2013 she was elected to be President of the International Association of Music Information Centres. She is on the Board of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a Trustee of Trinity College London, as well as being a member of The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee. She is a keen chamber musician and plays the viola.

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