Kara DioGuadi, Director

A Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, record executive, music publisher, Broadway actress and former American Idol judge, Ms. DioGuardi’s credits include 320 songs released by major labels, 11 of which have earned Grammy nominations, 23 BMI Awards and more than 50 charting singles, cumulatively surpassing one billion streams. Ms. DioGuardi co-founded Arthouse Entertainment (“Arthouse”), a music publishing company that holds past and present copyrights of many of the industry’s most popular Grammy-winning artists. In addition to her extensive music industry career, Ms. DioGuardi co-founded Inspired Nation in 2016, a non-profit that aims to provide young aspiring artists with a platform to tell their stories. All proceeds from Inspired Nation’s singing competitions benefit youth-focused charities. Prior to founding Arthouse and Inspired Nation, DioGuardi held several roles in the music industry throughout her career, including music producer and label executive for Billboard Magazine. DioGuardi graduated from Duke University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Political Science and Government, and presently serves on five boards, including the MLC and NMPA S.O.N.G.S. boards.