TRC's Leadership Council

The Leadership Council represents TRC’s community members and assists in decisions related to programming, operating and hiring practices, annual goal setting for the organization, and overseeing TRC's commitment toward achieving greater equity in Boston and beyond.

A partnership that began in 2019, TRC's Leadership Council is composed of six Boston-based creatives from a variety of professional and artistic backgrounds. It’s chaired by Ty-Juana Flores, a member of TRC’s Board of Directors, who co-created the council with Executive Director Matt McArthur and Community Manager Maria Bartolotta.

What is Leadership Council (LC)?

  • An advisory committee formed in October 2019.
  • Six creative Boston entrepreneurs from a variety of professional, artistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and chaired by a member of TRC’s Board of Directors.
  • A governing body that works in partnership with TRC’s board of directors to inform, support, and reroute organization decisions.

What does Leadership Council do?

  • All TRC programming is subject to the council’s approval.
  • Stands as a representative of the music maker community in conversations and decisions that affect the experience of those who engage with TRC.
  • Co-designs improvements to make TRC a more welcoming place, from technical considerations like the selection of useful, accessible equipment to issues of cultural competency like the hiring, composition, and training of TRC staff. 
  • Works to expand and deepen TRC’s collaborative efforts with other local groups, nonprofits, and community spaces.
  • LC members receive yearly honorariums for their time and expertise.

Why Leadership Council?

  • Learning from our community: As a growing organization, we must remain constantly in touch with  our most important stakeholders: local music makers. TRC Leadership Council ensures  that programs and organizational decisions are made in alignment with the  wants and needs of the community we exist to serve.
  • Governance should be a reflection of our values: As an organization dedicated to inclusivity, we must ensure that the people influencing and making organizational decisions are representative of the community we serve.
  • Ensuring TRC is an impact driven organization: TRC represents an incredible promise and commitment to music makers in Boston; a vision of access and equity. We will continue to rely on the voices of our community to lead us in pursuit of that promise.

Meet the 2019-2021 Generation of Leadership Council

Ty-Juana Flores

Ty-Juana Flores

Arts Administrator at Berklee College of Music, TRC Leadership Council Chair & Co-Creator, TRC Board Member, Entrepreneur

Ty-Juana Flores is an arts administrator based in Boston, MA, who’s dedicated to supporting performing artists, leaders, non-profits, and institutions as they design processes and programs that align with their vision and values.

She is an experienced human-centered program design and development professional with a proven track record of building community and driving successful outcomes that benefit both artists and arts organizations. She currently works in the Office of Student Advising and Success at Berklee College of Music, where she manages success initiatives geared towards self-identified Black/African American students enrolled at the College and Conservatory. She is passionate about amplifying the voices of Black students, along with community building and effective advocacy through diversity and inclusion.

Additionally, she is a board member and the leadership council chair for The Record Co., a 501c3 nonprofit fighting for music makers in Boston. During her free time she enjoys bringing people together over wine and spirits, so she created TFLUXÈ, a remote experience centered around wine education for the Black community.


Juana Baez

Founder of The Works of Art, Contract Negotiator at Nuance Communications

Launched in 2018, The Works of Art focuses on furthering artists’ business objectives through talent management, services, and events. An avid music lover, Juana has always possessed a strong desire to contribute to the space from a business/organizational perspective.

Juana has facilitated a four-part music series that focused on topics related to music licensing, marketing, music, and tech, as well as Artist and Repertoire (A&R). Through the series, she promoted a sense of community and information sharing among the music community and music lovers alike.

Juana continues to grow her agency on the services/management front by working closely with artists and their teams. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Suffolk Law School, Juana, a Software Contract Negotiator, believes strongly in using the skills she has obtained through both her education and the tech space to help artists.

Arielle Gray

Arielle Gray

Writer, Multi-media Artist, Arts Engagement Producer for WBUR's The ARTery, Co-founder of PRINT AINT DEAD

Arielle Gray is a Boston-based writer and multi-media artist. She is the current Arts Engagement Producer for The ARTery, the arts and culture team of NPR affiliate station, WBUR. Her freelance writing has appeared in ZORA, VICE, Bustle, Huffington Post, Afropunk and The Black Youth Project.

Most of her work focuses on the intersection of being queer and Afro-Caribbean, while living with a mental illness. Her previous exhibit “Dreams and Tings” with VSA Massachusetts explores these intersections in nuanced depth. She has a forthcoming project funded by The Create Well Fund, documenting the stories of QTPOC elders. 

She is the co-founder of the literary organization, PRINT AINT DEAD and is on the board of What’s On Your Mind Inc., a mental health organization centering the experiences of POC. 

She is currently writing her first novel, It All Falls Down.

Tim Hall

Tim Hall

Educator, Artist, Entrepreneur, Assistant Professor in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music, Co-owner of HipStory

Tim Hall is an educator, artist, and entrepreneur, from Detroit, MI, who now resides in Boston, MA. He began playing alto saxophone at the age of 10. In college, Hall found poetry and used this form of creative expression to share his thoughts on paper. Tim Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences – charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. As a musician, Hall has shared stages with world-renowned recording artists such as The Nappy Roots, Carolyn Malachi, Bilal, Chris Turner, and Aloe Blacc. His poetry has been heard at Boston’s Hub Week, The Museum of Fine Arts, Berklee College of Music, Outside the Box Festival, Bridgin’ Gaps Festival, and many other venues and poetry slam communities around the Boston/Greater Boston area. 

Hall currently works as a at Berklee College of Music as the Assistant Professor in the Professional Music Department, is the co-owner of HipStory – a digital media production company dedicated to creating and showcasing the work of marginalized identities within media, and Events Coordinator for BAMSFest. Additionally, Tim can be found performing with local artists Cliff Notez, Oompa, VQnC, and STL GLD, and Will Dailey, as well as session and work-for-hire opportunities. He was nominated for “Session Musician of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards (2018 & 2019), and most recently honored by WBUR’s Artery 25 as 1 of 25 millennials of color impacting Arts and Culture in Boston. Tim Hall’s work can be found in his self-produced spoken word EP entitled Colors Of My Soul, and in his self-published book titled Trust The Process, both of which released in 2016.


Marquis Neal

Audio Engineer, Concert Organizer, Entrepreneur, President of ReBelle Music, Co-creator of New Era of New England, Owner of Lifted Smoking Goods

Marquis Neal is an audio engineer, concert organizer, entrepreneur, and long-time TRC community member from Dorchester. He has been the president of an independent record label (ReBelle Music) since 2012, and in 2016 he and some partners created a company called New Era of New England, which provides a platform for artists to share their music and get compensated for doing so. Marquis is the owner of Lifted Smoking Goods, a cannabis lifestyle company that merges the entertainment industry with cannabis consumer accessories. One of the main goals of Lifted Smoking Goods is reinvesting back into communities most affected by drugs and the war on drugs through arts and culture. Marquis is also the former Technical Director of the retired NPR program “Only A Game”.



Poet, Rapper, Educator, 2019 Brother Thomas Fellow

OOMPA is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them. She was named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists to Watch and her engaging, interactive performing style won her the Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year in 2019, following her 2018 Unsigned Artist of the Year victory among an unprecedented 12 total nominations. In a 2019 feature, WBUR’s the Artery describes the lyric-focused rapper as having a “natural tenderness with language” and calls her verses “funny…incisive and memorable.” Oompa showed this poetic prowess as the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a finalist in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. With the release of her newest album, Cleo, Oompa has sold out the Sinclair and a number of other Boston venues. She has been featured by NPR, the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, WGBH, digboston, and NBC 10 and is the recipient of the 2019 Brother Thomas Fellowship, enriching Boston and the world beyond with her work.