Martina Laab studied communications, political science and history at the University of Vienna, followed by a post-graduate internship in jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York (artistic director: Wynton Marsalis). For over ten years, she has organised, developed and produced concerts and festivals in Austria and abroad, including mica-music Austria and Joe Zawinul’s Birdland. As Head of the Music and Performance Department at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, she was responsible for all music & performance programmes at the Forum as well as partnered events. She’s currently appointed in the role of director at the Austrian World Music Association, and most recently, was tasked with spearheading the Austrian World Music Awards, a nationwide music competition.