LINDA LORENCE CRITELLI is an accomplished music executive with expertise in performing rights, music publishing, industry and artist relations and organizational leadership. She was Vice President of Songwriter/Publisher Relations at SESAC New York fostering the careers of a diverse roster of talent from beginners to established professionals. SESACs roster crosses all genres from Bob Dylan, Zac Brown, Neil Diamond and Charlie XCX, to Kesha, The American Authors and Robert Glasper. Her role was broad and included representing the company, seeking new signings, negotiating contracts, making collaborative introductions, regular public speaking engagements, community outreach, and production of the company’s annual awards shows. All the while developing a vast network of industry contacts. Through the years she formed a large loyal clientele which contributed to the success of the multi-million-dollar organization it is today. She was recognized in 2014 by Billboard magazine as one of the leading women in performing rights.
Linda was recently elected president of the NY Chapter of The Recording Academy (The Grammy Awards) where she just completed her term as a National Trustee. She has chaired the professional development and education committees and has served on the National Membership Committee. Linda is a proud member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame board and is former president of Women in Music. She is a powerful advocate for music creators and championed the proposed “Empire State Music Production Tax Credit Bill” working closely with NY is Music. With her passion for community building, Linda co-founded the NYC3 “New York City Creative Community," an organization of publishing professionals to help restore NYCs creative community.
She lectures on music industry issues and enjoys mentoring music students on their careers, helping them to define their true talents and set goals for their future. She has been a speaker and panelist at music industry conferences nationwide and has guest lectured at top music schools including Berklee College of Music, NYU, Montclair State University, The New School, and University of Pittsburgh School of Jazz. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Rider University in NJ and teaches a music business course, “The Art & Business of the Recording Industry."
Linda is an independent music consultant and brings her network and experience to each project. She was a professional singer prior to entering the music business. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music where she was the recipient of the Cleo Laine Jazz Masters scholarship and was later honored with the colleges "Distinguished Alumni Award.”