The Rhythm Foundation

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We create shared cultural experiences that build and strengthen the diverse communities of South Florida through the presentation of live music. We believe:

  • International cultural exchange injects empathy and positivity into the global conversation
  • Cultural activity develops community and builds neighborhoods; sustainable practices are possible in event productions;
  • Miami is a global city and our artists are world-class.

THE RHYTHM FOUNDATION has been presenting outstanding international music in Miami-Dade since 1988, and we look back at a body of work that now spans decades. When we began, Miami was a different place than the international crossroads we know now. It makes us proud to think our cultural and community-based programming have contributed in a meaningful way to the growth of our hometown.

RF was launched at the Cameo Theater in Miami Beach, an outgrowth of an eclectic series of live concerts at the historic theater. By 1992, we had transitioned to a nomadic presenting organization – fitting the venue to the program rather than managing a specific building.

Events were scheduled at intimate clubs, large theaters, and outdoor festival sites. Some highlights of this first decade included the landmark Africa Fête festivals; concerts by many major international artists at the Cameo Theater; and several sold out concerts by legendary world cultural artists at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach and the Olympia and Arsht Center theaters in downtown Miami.

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In 2003, RF created our first brand, the TransAtlantic Festival in the North Beach Bandshell and other venues. This exploration of modern world music, focused on artists working between traditional rhythms and electronica, was successful in developing new audiences and giving the organization a stronger identity. The Festival created exciting opportunities for collaboration with new media companies and cultural partners setting up in the midst of Miami’s international boom. TransAtlantic Festival continued for 15 years, and this immersion into contemporary global culture continues to inform our programming – ‘the sound of the world Right Now.’

In 2015, the City of Miami Beach awarded us the management of the North Beach Bandshell, a 1400-capacity oceanfront amphitheater. We had come full circle, but were now fully prepared to make our home in a historic venue. We launched a well-rounded schedule of 75+ events per year – a mix of free community and civic events, cultural programs, popular music and large productions – that welcome the entire South Florida and visitor community to the Bandshell.

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Board of directors

Dara Schoenwald

President // VolunteerCleanup.Org

Marshall Pasternack

Vice President // Bilzin Sumberg

Robert Glick

Treasurer // Kaufman, Rossin & C

Donald Worth

Secretary // Restore Miami Marine Stadium, Inc.

John Aleman, Karla Arguello, Matt Beck, Alex Blavatnick, Geane Brito, Pedro Menocal, Dana Kulvin, James Quinlan, Robert Plessett, Brandi Reddick, Dr. Rigoberto Rodriguez, Katherine Sanoja, Ilan Segal, Jason Wiesenfeld, Vanessa Steinberg


James Quinlan, Director

Benton Galgay, Deputy director

Laura Quinlan, Program director

Grace Hill, Operations Manager

Lourdes Gonzalez, Administrative Manager

Brian Schultz, Marketing & Communications Director

Sean Perreira, Visual Media Designer

Rene Pereda, Strategic Partnerships – Guest Services

Jeanette Doares, Concessions Manager

Sabrina Cabanas, Concessions Manager

Raul Castro, Facility Maintenance

Niall Macaulay, Technical Director

Rodrigo Arcaya, Technologist Consultant

Sam Deshauteurs, Lighting Director

Joaquin Urbonas Alvarezs, MB Bandshell Studios

Daniel Michaud, Live Stream Video Director

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