Melissa is an experienced researcher and consultant with a background in cultural education and arts fundraising. She plays a key role in the delivery of projects across BOP’s portfolio.
Currently, she is working on an evaluation of the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme, a local cultural infrastructure assessment for the London Borough of Haringey, and a cultural mapping exercise for the London Borough of Islington.
Prior to BOP, Melissa worked at a range of cultural institutions across the UK and Canada, including the National Foundation for Youth Music, London Chamber Orchestra, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canadian Music Centre, and Royal Conservatory of Music. She was also active as a community arts producer in Toronto, where her events earned praise from CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning and the Toronto Star.
Melissa completed a PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge, with the support of a Gates Scholarship and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada). She also holds an MA in Music Theory from McGill University and a BA in Music from Columbia University. She has published in a number of academic journals and publications, and presented at national and international conferences in the UK, US, Canada, and Germany.
In addition to her work at BOP, Melissa is a Trustee of Magpie Dance, an award-winning charity that supports and empowers people with learning disabilities through inclusive dance programmes.