Daniel R. Lewis, Founder and Chairman

Mr. Lewis has worked over the last 18 years on philanthropic interests, with the greatest focus being on social and musical arts investing. He initiated the Cleveland Orchestra’s multi-week residency in Miami as founding chairman of the Miami Music Association, the support organization created in 2006 to produce 3-4 weeks of Cleveland Orchestra concerts and educational activities in Miami-Dade County each season. He was the board chair of the Festival of North American Orchestras, the sponsoring organization for Spring for Music at Carnegie Hall. Spring for Music's format is now part of the Kennedy Center, renamed the Shift Festival. He also served on the executive committee of The Cleveland Orchestra and the board of the League of American Orchestras.

Mr. Lewis recently founded and chairs M:X (Miami Experimental), to pursue making music education accessible and affordable to all Miami-Dade County children. M:X currently supports three projects: UP! Music, an after school music program at three low-income elementary schools; a collaboration between Miami Music Project (MMP, the local El Sistema inspired music program) and the Interlochen Center for the Arts to underwrite participation for 42 of MMP’s highest performing students at Interlochen’s full summer program; and, the Miami Music Access Fellowship which underwrites music education pilot project partnerships and provides leadership training to increase access to music instruction for all children.

The Lewis Prize for Music, his most recent start-up, is another ambitious effort to drive social change through musical arts.

Mr. Lewis is also chairman of The Management Center, which provides management training and consulting to socially and politically progressive organizations, and is on the board of Third Way, a centrist progressive think tank.

He graduated from Miami University with an accounting degree, taught three years at inner-city Cleveland's Glenville High School, was a real estate developer in Phoenix, and retired from Progressive Corporation having had general management, control, claims, product management, and board membership responsibilities.

 

Valerie Dillon, Board Member

Zimbabwean born gallerist Valerie Dillon came to the United States in 1983 to study piano performance at the American University. In 1987, Ms. Dillon moved to Los Angeles and began her career in the visual arts. She established Dillon Gallery in Soho in 1994 and later relocated to a 5,000 square foot converted 19th century warehouse in Chelsea. It was there she began shifting her focus from primarily visual artists to multimedia disciplines not usually associated with a traditional art gallery. In 2006 the gallery presented “Painted Music,” a series combining technology with painting and music. This shift led to the eventual formation to the current partnership Dillon+Lee.

Ms. Dillon’s early interest in the performing arts continued with many parallel presentations of art, music, and interactive exhibitions. She has committed to sponsoring and championing collaborative performance pieces and interactive exhibitions dealing with the intersection of the visual and performing arts. She has worked with renowned multidisciplinary artists such as stage director and puppeteer Julian Crouch, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, composer Paola Prestini, and photographer Cristina de Middel on works such as “Listen Quiet,” “The Armchair Parade,” and “Osmeos." Dillon Gallery is a pioneer in the art of scent with its ground breaking solo exhibitions by Christophe Laudamiel dedicated exclusively to scent.

She previously served as a founding board member of National Sawdust in New York City.

 

David Horvitz, Board Member

David Horvitz is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthOcean Capital Partners. Previously he was Executive Vice President and then Chairman of WLD Enterprises.

Mr. Horvitz is an active community leader in South Florida and the nation. He is on the Board of Trustees at Kenyon College, where he chaired two capital campaigns and was board chair. He is a member of the Boards of Directors at United States Artists, The Broward Workshop, Business for the Arts in Broward County, and The Girls’ Club Collection.

Mr. Horvitz is an Emeritus board member and past chair of the SeriousFun Children’s Network (formerly Association of Hole in the Wall Camps), an organization founded by Paul Newman to provide life-changing experiences for children coping with serious illnesses. He is the immediate past chair of the Board of Governors of the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale and the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. Previously, he served as a Trustee of the Kresge Foundation and on the boards of Nova Southeastern University, Miami Music Association (Cleveland Orchestra Miami); The Community Foundation of Broward County, and the the Jewish Federation of Broward County.

Mr. Horvitz is a graduate of Kenyon College cum laude and has a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

 

Dalouge Smith, CEO

Dalouge Smith joined The Lewis Prize for Music as its first CEO in August 2018. Previously, he led San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) as President and CEO for over 13 year. At SDYS he oversaw the development of SDYS’ vision to “make music education accessible and affordable for all students” and transformed the organization into a community instigator for restoring and strengthening music education in schools. At SDYS, he expanded the range of work to include music and cognition research, school district partnerships, community awareness, and community action.

Dalouge envisioned and launched SDYS’ El Sistema-inspired Community Opus Project in 2010 to demonstrate the benefits of music education to school leaders and inspire restoration of in-school music. In early 2013, Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD), California’s largest K-6 district and SDYS’ first school district partner, announced its commitment to return music education to all 45 of its campuses and all 29,000 of its students. In 2015, CVESD hired over 60 credentialed visual and performing arts teachers and has since grown that number to over 90.

In addition to creating equitable access to music and arts education in schools, Dalouge increased the diversity of students participating in SDYS traditional youth orchestra programs. Over 80 of the children first served by the Community Opus Project now participate in these ensembles and represent 15% of the program’s total enrollment.

Dalouge has guided and coached philanthropists, school districts, and nonprofits across the country on how to pursue the return of music education in schools. He and SDYS have been profiled by the The Atlantic, BBC, Huffington Post, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership/Education Commission of the States, NAMM Foundation, Grantmakers for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, Board Source, California School Board Association, and California Alliance for Arts Education. San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory received the 2011 Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance from University of San Diego, the 2012 national Grand Prize Prudential Leadership Award for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards from Board Source. and the 2015 Yale Music School Award for Excellence in Music Education.

Dalouge serves as Vice President of El Sistema USA and is on the board of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts where he was the founding President. He previously served as Associate Director of Mainly Mozart and Production Stage Manager at Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, studied Gandhi’s non-violent political movement for a year in India, and grew up singing Irish folk songs at family gatherings around his grandfather’s piano.