Dr. Manuel Prestamo is the President of Performance Management International (PMI), specializing in management services to the performing arts. PMI also represents an international roster of performing artists. In 2018, Manuel Prestamo received the Mary Beth Treen Award presented by PAE in recognition of his accomplishments and years of service to the field of the performing arts and arts administration. He served on the boards of numerous organizations as well as state, regional and national panels of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars – Fulbright Program, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Respect Diversity Foundation, Arts Midwest Conference, Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Oklahoma Israel Exchange, Oklahoma Arts Council, Texas Arts Commission, Wisconsin Arts Board, PAE, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. He envisioned and produced videos of the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange Conference for the benefit of the performing arts industry. With a doctorate in arts administration from New York University, he served as Dean of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Oklahoma City Community College. As a presenter, he created the Cultural Awareness Series in Oklahoma City and garnered national awards for innovative international programming. He also served as the Executive Director for Arts Festival Oklahoma and the OK Mozart Festival with 160 events in 10 days each year. Prior to his work in arts administration he was a symphony orchestra conductor and worked with the Teatro Colon and BBC Orchestra among many others. He also created and conducted the Youth Symphony of the United States, a national youth orchestra for America, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas with the help of the Organization of American States. His participation in APAP’s Creative Campus resulted in the addition of an arts administration requirement in the undergraduate curriculum of many of the performing arts curricula across the United States. Internationally, he served as an American Cultural Specialist and consultant for the U.S. State Department on 9 educational and cultural missions; he was a consultant to the National University of Argentina, National University of Chile, and the University of La Serena; served as an APAP representatives to Mexico: Gateway to the Americas; and was honored by grants from the IIE with 2 Fulbright Scholar appointments, People-to-People, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His services and expertise have been utilized by organizations for over 40 years in the United States, Austria, Germany, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Israel, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, and the Far East.
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