Dior Ashley Brown
Founder, Executive Director
Dior is a woman on a mission. Known for her broad range of creative roles, including community builder, humanitarian, activist, entrepreneur, and musician, she is a seasoned, respected member of the DC creative scene and beyond, committed to empowering all people, especially Black women and girls, and leaving a legacy of positive change. Dubbed the “Hip-Hop Polymath” by the Washington Post, Dior knows how to create impact. She is founder of the DC Music Summit, a premier music conference and exchange hub, featuring industry leaders, artists, influencers, and high-profile brand sponsors who join forces to help grow the music industry in the nation’s capital.
A proud DC native, raised across the globe, Dior is a Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumna. She holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland. At her core, she is about breaking down barriers and sparking a movement, revealing the ways diversity lends greater understanding of what it means to be human.
Outreach and Operations Volunteer
For nearly two decades, Steve has immersed himself in every aspect of
music management and marketing across the Washington Metropolitan
region. Beyond music, Steve has several years of experience in
transportation and hospitality and has been a visionary when it comes
to connecting colleagues for mutually beneficial business ventures.
As a founding member of Verzatyle Entertainment, Steve guided and
assisted the careers of a potent cadre of Hip-Hop and R&B musicians
from varying social backgrounds. Within that sphere, Steve is adept at
assisting clients with media training, music marketing, A&R
capabilities, and financial guidance. Beyond those stated duties,
Steve has a deep appreciation for music and is an avid supporter of
the artists that hail from the Washington, D.C. area.
Steve is a native of Rockville, Md.
Caroline is a proud alumni from James Madison University, where she studied Media Arts and Design with concentrations in Journalism and Music Industry. She fell in love with video production after taking a documentary production course, and has spent the last year and a half building her freelance videography/photography business, Carefree Productions. In addition to her freelance work, Caroline has worked for DC United and Lucky Dog Films, and is excited to be a part of the DC Music Summit team, where she helps produce video and photo content for social media. Creativity and collaboration are extremely important to Caroline, and she looks forward to contributing to the DC music community, where there are so many incredibly talented artists.