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Jenny Toomey

Director New York

Jenny Toomey directs the foundation's work on Internet Rights, supporting efforts to preserve the open architecture of the Internet and expand access, transparency, innovation, creativity and participation.

Jenny is a musician and an advocate for musicians. She co-managed Simple Machines, an independent record label, which produced more than 70 releases. She has also been a composer and performer on 12 CDs and dozens of compilation records, singles and a musical. After closing down Simple Machines, Jenny worked at The Washington Post as a copywriter. She also wrote music and technology reviews for the Post, Village Voice, CNET and music and technology publications.

Her work organizing musicians to support the Federal Communications Commission's Low Power Radio initiative led her to co-found The Machine, an online forum for musicians that focused on the intersection of music and technology. Later, Jenny was instrumental in the formation of the Future of Music Coalition in 2000. As FMC's founding executive director, she testified before both houses of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Copyright Office.

Jenny has advocated for the rights of artists and music lovers on five continents and spoken about music and technology at hundreds of institutions and media outlets. She graduated from Georgetown University with an interdisciplinary major in philosophy, English and women's studies.

Issues and Initiatives

Jenny Toomey manages the strategy, foundationwide for the following initiative:

Issue Initiative
Human Rights



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