Board of Directors
Our board draws from years of experience with 501c-3 non-profits. Also by support of music culture as expressed via live performance and recording arts. Board values are honed by years testing assumptions related to serving a variety of community constituents. Focusing on championing wellness, nurturing creativity, honoring diversity and prioritizing accessibility. We are growing and look forward to adding additional members to serve our mission & values.
Courtney Caplan, President
Courtney has a deep love and appreciation for non-profit work and finds herself at live music shows near and far throughout the year, so when the opportunity to help with the start-up of More Than Music Foundation arrived, she jumped! The mission of the organization resonates through and through as the focus of mental health and wellness intersects her life as well as her family and friends. Courtney’s expertise lies in both new and established non-profits, having worked locally for Sundance Institute and Park City Chamber/Bureau and while living abroad in London, England, for Pilotlight. She helped start and establish EATS (Eat Awesome Things) Park City and recently finished her term on the Board of Park City Community Foundation. To her, the best thing about investing time and energy in non-profit work is the people and passion involved: it doesn’t get better than having a product to represent that impacts others in a meaningful way. Courtney enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially tied together with good food and traveling to new places.
Ellen Silver, Vice President
Ellen Silver has 45 years of non-profit experience. A significant focus has been providing programs and services in support of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as their caregivers. Under her leadership, Jewish Family Service of Utah became the second community based agency in the country to provide the Music and Memory program to families and then trained a dozen other JFS organizations to do the same. An outgrowth of this program has been the Gleeful Choir, composed of individuals with dementia and their caregivers, which performs throughout the Wasatch front and back. Ellen recognizes the power of music and is excited to be involved with the More Than Music Foundation.
John W. Comerford
John’s motion picture writing and producing credits for Paradigm Studio include award winning, coming-of-age, music driven drama AROUND THE FIRE currently in rerelease for its 25th anniversary, The New York Times acclaimed documentary feature film/series ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN PRESENT TENSE. In his role as a producer, story guide and content owner, John has three feature films in active release. WALLFLOWER an EDM music community drama drawing raves in Variety and two documentaries: MARSHWAN LYNCH: A HISTORY an experimental race and sports film composed entirely from the internet clips profiled in The New Yorker and a sequel to wildlife conservation documentary THE BREACH, environmental award winner THE WILD which focuses on the successful fight to preserve wild salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
He is now helping produce Charles Hambleton’s (Academy Award winner THE COVE) and Johnny O’Hara’s (Sundance award winner FUEL) documentary KINSU MARU which tells the story of a treasure hunter’s return to the South Pacific to recover a treasure whose proceeds will be used for the good of local communities. John is also adapting David Harris’ book The Last Stand about the resistance to a hostile takeover of family redwood timber Pacific Lumber in the 1980’s by Wall Street junk bond kings. He served on the board of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz and now at Los Angeles’ The Jazz Bakery. John graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder where he was mentored by experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage earning degrees in Psychology & Film Studies. His films have been distributed by Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Showtime and Starz/Encore.
Danika is thrilled to be a founding board member for More Than Music Foundation.
Danika moved to Park City from Manhattan Beach, CA in 2019. Since calling Utah home she has turned her attention to the powerful collaboration between music, the arts and nonprofit work. Danika is passionate about how music aids in education, mental health, and undoubtedly strengthens both individuals and communities. She has previously held various positions in sales, marketing and design. While running her business in CA she also held a volunteer teaching position with Young at Art, a nonprofit organization providing art enrichment lessons seeking to make community resources in the Arts more available to children.
In addition to More Than Music Foundation she currently serves on the board for Mountain Town Music, and also works with PC READS, a learning advocacy nonprofit. Originally from CO, Danika is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Danika’s hope is that More Than Music Foundation will provide unique educational opportunities and enriching experiences to all those it touches!
Andy currently serves as the Climate Fund Manager at the Park City Community Foundation. Hailing from Chicago, he ventured westward to collaborate with the National Park Service. In 2008, with the support of over 30 public and private partnerships, Andy pioneered a natural resources education program for the U.S. Forest Service in northern California. His decade-long leadership of an environmental education site on the Oregon coast for a consortium of Northwest Oregon school districts earned him a spotlight on PBS NewsHour, thanks to his innovative collaborative strategies.
Adding to his academic accomplishments, Andy received a Master’s in Educational Business Administration in 2018. True to his passion for seasonal work, he consistently dedicated his winter months, from 2006 to 2021, to the Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, Andy and his long-time partner tied the knot, choosing Park City as their forever home.
Andy’s commitment to the community shines through his active participation in numerous committees and boards, such as More than Music, Community Foundation Climate Collaborative, Park City’s Green Business Program, Park City’s Sustainable Tourism, and the feasibility study for the Bonanza Park project. When not immersed in professional or community endeavors, Andy and his wife, Brittnie, savor the myriad activities that Park City’s seasons offer. They’re also proud curators of an impressive board game collection.