Member Since December 2020
Marietta Ulacia is the Executive Director at the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance of New York, where she leads a team of musicians and arts administrators in the performance and preservation of big band Afro Latin Jazz through the production of concerts, touring engagements throughout the world and educational activities for young people. Marietta is a co-producer of the documentary film “Fandango at the Wall” recently released on HBO Max and has been working for several years as a costume consultant for the independent Pond Hockey Films. She is a Board Member of EduCarte, a nonprofit music education organization in Maryland. She earned her BA in Visual Media and her MA in Arts Management from American University in Washington, DC. Having lived in Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and Belgium, Marietta speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.
When you’re caring for your company, it can be hard to take care of yourself as well. For better or worse, "hustle culture" has become popular among the entrepreneurial community. It's sometimes viewed as a badge of honor to be constantly busy and "hustling" to grow your business. However, when you don’t take time away from work, you run the risk of inducing health- and emotional-related issues that could set you back. That’s why it’s important to take time for self-care, especially if you’re always on the go or constantly feel the need to be productive. To help you find balance, 13 members of Rolling Stone Culture Council give their best tips for busy leaders who may have to "force" themselves to step away from their jobs.
The only certainty about the future of work is change. An important part of an agile work culture is increasing flexibility in order to adapt to the changing needs of your employees. As the pandemic and its effect on the workforce have proven, change is inevitable and it’s important now more than ever for companies to adopt more agile practices and policies. Luckily, agile work cultures aren’t exclusive to any one industry, and any company at any time can start to build one. To help get you started, seven leaders from Rolling Stone Culture Council each suggest one step companies can take to build a more agile work culture and explain why it’s important to do in order to keep up with an ever-changing workforce.
Starting a business is easier with help from those who have already done it. Branching into entrepreneurship often feels like a huge leap of faith. This is especially true for prospective business owners looking to work within the culture space. Many industries in this sphere are already filled with talented creatives, and it can seem near impossible to break into. However, starting your own business can open the door to personal and professional growth and fulfillment. Below, the leaders of Rolling Stone Culture Council offer some sage advice for those hesitant to take the first step toward their entrepreneurial dreams.
New ways of working require more thoughtful leadership. As more and more businesses make what was once a temporary virtual working environment a permanent solution, some leaders are struggling to inspire their teams to perform. Zoom fatigue and a lack of in-person connection present difficult hurdles, and motivation can seem like it’s at an all-time low. For insight on how to inspire a team to do their best work, 13 experts from Rolling Stone Culture Council each shared one motivational strategy that any company leader can use to get their employees feeling and working their best.
Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) was founded in 2007 by GRAMMY®-award winning composer, pianist, and educator Arturo O’Farrill. ALJA supports and promotes the performance of Afro Latin jazz, and provides institutional support to the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and a comprehensive array of performance and education programs celebrate Latino contributions to American jazz and explore the rich diversity of jazz in the Americas. ALJA’s mission is to perform, educate about, and preserve the music of all the Americas, emanating from African and indigenous roots, through the entry point of jazz. ALJA embraces its mission with a commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and the equality of cultures worldwide. Through thirteen years of performance, education, preservation, and public engagement, ALJA has brought attention to Afro Latin jazz as an important American artform. In the last thirteen years ALJA has produced over 88 concerts in New York for its annual season at various venues showcasing the full range of Afro Latin jazz; toured nationally and internationally; recorded GRAMMY®-nominated and GRAMMY®-winning albums; instituted year-long educational residencies in the New York City public schools; created a pre professional training orchestra program for young musicians; and garnered critical acclaim for its Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as the leading orchestra of its genre in the world.