Matt Cook

Current Position
Pacific Opera Project
Executive and Development Director


Matt Cook is an artist and performing arts executive in Los Angeles, California. He has successfully built small to mid-sized performing arts organizations and connected them with the communities they serve. His current position is as Executive and Development Director of Pacific Opera Project. There he leads all financial, partnership, fundraising, and administrative operations for the organization.

Matt has also held positions in development and production with Wild Up New Music ensemble. There, he was responsible for overseeing operations for all events and fundraising activities. Matt produced performances on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Fluxus Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, and led partnerships with organizations such as the Martha Graham Dance Company. Previously, Matt worked with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in various roles as Managing Director, Project Manager, and Marketing Manager, leading the organization to international recognition in their field.

Matt is also a Grammy Award® winning performer. His work is heard on studio and film recordings such as Aquaman and various Netflix series, and has been seen live in performance with ensembles across the world. As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician at several universities including Stanford and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has maintained faculty positions at many local institutions. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Matt holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the California Institute of the Arts.


Los Angeles, CA

Executive and Development Director

2019 - Present
Pasadena, CA

Managing Director

2015 - 2019
As Director, the primary responsibility was to develop and implement a Strategic Plan to achieve the organization’s mission, growth, and goals. This was done through maintaining organization’s budget and fundraising through private donor development, grant writing, and securing partnerships. Responsibilities also included cultivating relationships with presenting organizations around the country, generate artistic programing, project management, creating schedules for goal deadlines, handling outgoing payments to vendors and independent contractors, working with organization’s lawyers and accountants on contracts, tax filing, and other documents.

Marketing Manager

2011 - 2015
Managed marketing of organization and its events to maximize brand impact. This was accomplished through development of video content and sponsored Social Media campaigns to increase number of interactions, creating email campaigns with various "Call to Actions", Digital Advertising, and maintaining organization’s website to feature upcoming events, showcase media, sell merchandise, and grow subscriber base. Used tools like Google and Facebook Analytics to determine effectiveness.
Oberlin, Ohio

Administrative Assistant | Resource Center

2005 - 2008
Compiled list of summer music festivals. Researched career development opportunities for students. Scheduled meetings and managed calendar for Resource Center Director.

Concert Production Assistant

2004 - 2008
Assist concert production team with stage management, lighting design, audio documentation, stage plot implementation, and usher duties.


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