About Our CEOAalyah Duncan is a multi-talented professional, achieving two degrees in music, and consultant for clients in the arts and entertainment industry. A native of Philadelphia, after receiving her Masters in Arts Administration from Florida State University, Aalyah began her professional career in Atlanta; working in the Marketing Communications Department, as manager of the Friday Jazz Series at the prestigious High Museum of Art. While at the High Museum, Aalyah has worked with international jazz musicians Ike Stubblefield, Steve Dancz, Kevin Bales, Julie Dexter, Joe Gransden, and Takana Miyamoto to name a few. She has also served as Violin Instructor for the Atlanta Public Schools Youth Orchestra, where she taught violin, theory, and technique. Her previous teaching endeavors also include working for Cathedral Arts Project, a nonprofit organization that provides arts programs to students who reside in underserved communities.
In August 2013, Aalyah formed her own public relations boutique agency “Alist & Co., LLC”, which provides public relations and marketing services for clients in the arts and entertainment industry. She has worked with Najee, Herbie Hancock, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Lalah Hathaway, Incognito, Will Downing, Kenny Lattimore, Dave Koz, Kamasi Washington, José James, The Brand New Heavies, Christian McBride and icon Chaka Khan, to name a few. Her company has developed relationships with various media outlets nationally and internationally, where the execution of successful PR campaigns have been beneficial for her clients, these outlets include: CNN, Associated Press, Sirius XM, Huffington Post, iHeart Media, Urban One, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, Arise TV (UK), BET, Essence, Ebony, to name a few.
Recently, Aalyah has expanded her network into the political sector, serving as Communications Director for Councilmember Derek Green – City Council At-Large race; which resulted in two victories for the 2015 and 2019 general elections in Philadelphia, PA. She continues to work with Councilmember Green on special projects and communications for his 2019 re-election campaign. In addition to politics, Aalyah is the creator of “Art & Noir: A Celebration of Black Women in the Arts”. The event has honored black women who are making an impact in the arts and entertainment community in Philadelphia.
Aalyah is a graduate of the University of North Florida, with a Baccalaureate of Arts degree in Music. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Aalyah received her Masters of Arts, in Arts Administration through the College of Music, at Florida State University. She served as mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister program, and continues to provide mentorship and guidance to inner-city youth. Aalyah is former board member and marketing chair, for the music nonprofit organization, Project 440, founded by renowned classical bassist for the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Conyers. She is also serves on the board for the Recording Academy Philadelphia Grammy Chapter. In 2018, Aalyah was recognized by The Philadelphia Tribune, Most Influential African Americans ‘10 Under 40 To Watch’. Aalyah also received an inaugural award for Media Professional of The Year, by the National Association of Black Journalists – Philadelphia Chapter (PABJ), and named as one of the top PR professionals, ‘Who’s Next In Communications 2017’ by BillyPenn publication.
Philadelphia Tribune 2018: ‘10 People Under 40 To Watch’
2017 Who’s Next: 19 Up and Coming Communications Pros
NABJ/PABJ 2016 ‘Media Professional of the Year’ Inaugural Award