July 17th 2015
Yasmin is an Egyptian-American businesswoman and singer/songwriter. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Composition, she has enjoyed a successful career as a music entrepreneur. In 2010, Yasmin founded her first company Nile Promotions in Cairo, where she put on concerts for the likes of Julio Iglesias, Sami Yusuf, and others. Her last project with Nile Promotions was in partnership with the US Embassy in Cairo. Together, they established a grass-roots project, Sing Egyptian Women, an American Idol style competition focused on giving women in Egypt an artistic platform. The winner received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to record at Avatar Studios where Yasmin wrote and produced the winner’s song. The initiative received both national and international attention, and was regarded by the Cultural Sector of the Embassy to be its most successful project to date.
Yasmin remained in Egypt through the Revolution of 2011, but eventually decided to move back to the US. After a stint at a music management company in New York City, Yasmin founded non-profit organization, Izdahar, that focused on cultural exchange between the MENA Region and the US. Izdahar produced a number of successful events that included a regional Northeast tour for an Egyptian musical theatre troupe, organizing performances and workshops for a Grammy Award-winning cellist in Cairo, and screening a documentary on the recent war in Libya. Izdahar received grants from a number of individuals and organizations, including the US State Department, The Compton Foundation, and Hisense Electronics.
While the work with Izdahar was incredibly rewarding, Yasmin decided to go back into what she knows best- music. In April 2016, she opened Meadowlark Studios, a state of the art facility in northern Vermont, as a way of getting back to her roots and enjoying the quality of life that the beautiful state has to offer. Although it has only been open a short amount of time, a number of fantastic people have come through, including Grace Potter, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s), Kat Wright, and The Dover Quartet. The studio boasts one of the best live rooms in the area, as well as top class instruments and equipment.
Musically, Yasmin’s performance record ranges from performing for Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, to singing at the Giza Pyramids. She co-produced her first EP in 2009 with Grammy Award-winners Will Ackerman and Corin Nelson, where she had the opportunity to work with renowned musicians Eugene Friesen and the late and great T-Bone Wolk. Her single “Stranger” enjoyed time in the Top 50 FMQB charts in 2011-2012, and another original “Jane and John Doe” was chosen as a Homegrown Talent pick by Egypt’s #1 radio station, Nile FM, and received heavy rotation for a year where it was heard by millions of listeners.
Yasmin is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Arts Council, an organization that works tirelessly to promote the arts in both schools and the everyday lives of Vermonters.