An international music industry professional with over 30 years experience in both major and independent music and music events companies.
He is Executive Director of the National Recording Preservation Foundation, which was created by an act of Congress, and is a start-up in its early phase. He is also President of Caravan Arts Consultancy, his own company, from which he collaborates and/or consults with events, companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout the world to help develop an economic space for culture. Current and recent clients include The Borneo World Music Expo (which he created and directs), The Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland, The Indian Ocean Music Market (which he co-directed for its first two years); three separate arts projects in Minas Geraes, Brazil; consultancy for the Korean Arts Council and others. A new project in development is the creation of a performing arts market in India. He has also advised UNESCO on its Cultural Cities project, the World Bank on an African Crafts and Music initiative, and was on the steering committee for an ongoing ACP (Africa Caribbean Pacific) project for The European Commission. Until November of 2009, Gerald was General Director of WOMEX, the World Music Expo, in Berlin. He was also co-founder and the first chairman of Freemuse, the human rights organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He founded and ran EMI Hemisphere, the company’s premier world music label, was head of EMI’s international sector for Strategic Marketing, covering archive, all catalogue, premiums and genres, with 43 countries reporting in and ultimately delivering EMI’s major profit share. He has produced or compiled over 100 releases, including one with a Grammy nomination.