About Peter and The Staff
Peter Cummings graduated from Yale University in 1968 and earned a masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1969. After five years as an arts editor and reporter in his hometown of Montreal, Canada, Peter moved to Florida where, since 1978, he has been in the real estate development and management business. He is the chairman of Ram Development Company, based in Palm Beach County, Florida and active throughout the Southeast.
But he never lost his interest in the arts. He is a board member of the New York Philharmonic, the League of American Orchestras and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he is also chairman emeritus. While chairing the Detroit Symphony from 1999 through 2003, Peter spearheaded the Orchestra Place project, which rejuvenated the neighborhood surrounding historic Orchestra Hall with a $225 million mixed-use development that includes a new high school of the arts. He is a board member of United States Artists, a philanthropic organization that makes grants to a wide range of artists; member of the Madison Council of the Library of Congress; and co-founder of the Peter D. and Julie Fisher Cummings Family Foundation.
Peter and his wife, Julie Fisher Cummings, a philanthropist activist who recently graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, split their time between New York and Florida. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Sydney Beveridge is the web project manager for Linked Music. Ever since her first 2:00 a.m. college radio show broadcast, she has loved exploring music and ideas on the air. Wandering the station library shelves from a capella to zydeco, she has long enjoyed learning about a wide variety of music. She blogs about show news and music features, and manages the site and outreach for Linked.
Outside of Linked Music, she works as the media and content editor for Social Explorer and assists with BBC radio documentaries and dramas. Sydney is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has contributed to a variety of media outlets, including Mental Floss, Gotham Gazette, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC and East Village Radio. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Citizens Union Foundation and participated in NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.