Culminating the 2014 Community Symposium Series of The Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, SC (October 22-26) was a timely keynote address by Wayne S. Brown, former Director of Opera and Music at the NEA and now President and CEO of Michigan Opera Theatre. In his address, Brown shares his trajectory in the arena of arts management, its important and passing the torch to the future of the field. Brown has had considerable experience in the arts, himself first playing cello and singing as a tenor. his talk comes from a place of sound perspective and in Part 2, his talk culminates in a panel moderated by host and Washington Life Magazine performing arts columnist, Patrick D. McCoy. Joining the panel is Dr. Karen Chandler of College of Charleston, Jennifer Bowman of the Washington based Folger Consort and Festival Founder, Lee Pringle. The Colour of Music Festival is one that celebrates the contributions and performance of blacks in the arena of classical music.