Executive Director
Gaby Sappington

Being able to contribute in meaningful ways to the improvement of people’s lives has always been a guiding principle in my career choices. Serving as Executive Director at World Music Institute allows ample opportunity to do so. Thanks to the generous support of government agencies, foundations, members and donors, we get to present the finest in world music and dance at attainable prices for all. Our team is completely committed to the mission of fostering learning and a deeper understanding of the rich diversity of artistic expression and traditions from around the world. We aim to be the well-informed home for the vibrant community of members and individuals who appreciate the opportunity to travel the world without having to board a plane. No wonder, I enjoy going to work every day!



Artistic Director
Manuel Bagorro




Interim Director Marketing and Event Promotion 


Finance Manager
Michael Griffin

It is very exciting to be an integral part of an organization that is the leader of bringing such a vast variety of cultural musicians to New Yorkers.


Production Manager
Sruly Lazaros

World Music Institute has given me the unique opportunity to work with some of the finest artists on the planet, from across a huge array of musical cultures and styles. No two WMI concerts are quite alike, and each comes with its unique set of challenges. But seeing an audience moved by a great performance is a tremendously rewarding experience. WMI has built a truly sophisticated audience of listeners who really appreciate this music and continue to support great programming and the work we do. It's a special thing to be a part of.


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