After acting as producer for The Newport Folk Festival for the last eight years, Jay was recently named Executive Producer of The Newport Festivals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to music education initiatives for young people that celebrate innovation while preserving tradition within the genres of Jazz and Folk music. During his tenure, the Newport Folk Festival has won three Pollstar awards for "Music Festival Of The Year" and has regained its stature as one of the country's premiere music events.
Before joining the Foundation, Jay was the principal and co-founder of Sweet & Doggett, one of the East Coast’s leading music consulting firms whose clients included Hasbro, World Wildlife Fund, Fisher Price, Subway, Dunkin' Donuts, Sylvania and Daytrotter. Known for his enthusiastic understanding of the music industry’s inner workings in relation to marketing, branding, production, touring, licensing and content acquisition, Jay spent over a decade helping corporate America with its music initiatives.
A frequent keynote speaker at film, video game, and music conferences around the country including SXSW, Pollstar, Billboard, CMJ, Harvard, Berklee College of Music, as well as several of NPR’s syndicated programs such as “The Connection”, “On Point” and “All Songs Considered”, Jay also served as the Editor-at-Large for the acclaimed music and film magazine PASTE, nominated for the 2008 and 2009 National Magazine Award for General Excellence, where he wrote numerous features and cover stories on The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket and film director Wes Anderson.
In his spare time, Jay has also managed to write and sell two major motion picture scripts and start a social benefits company called Humans for Oceans, which raises awareness to help save our oceans through an actions reward program.