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Natasha Beckman - Director

Prior to joining USO, Natasha had many years experience in Festivals, Artist Management, Events, Museums and Galleries. Her extensive training includes a BA in Art History and Law and an MA in Art History. She also completed an internship at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, working on one of the largest Festivals in the world, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which celebrates cultural traditions around the world.

Previous posts include Live Programmes Manager at Auckland Museum; Visual Arts and Public Programmes Manager at Auckland Arts Festival and Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council England. Freelance projects include Orchestral Liaison and Conductor's Assistant, Il Divo Christmas Tour; Project Coordinator, Nitin Sawhney Bid for the Artists Taking the Lead, London Cultural Olympiad Project and Patrons Programme Manager, Creative New Zealand, Venice Biennale.

You can hear a podcast, recorded in April 2014, by Natasha talking about her work with Urban Soul Orchestra, and our successes, here.