Wendy Winks has over 25 years of experience marketing for an array of industries, including Entertainment at Universal Studios, Financial Services at Visa, and Renewable Energy Resources for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Since 2007, her focus has been on helping young artists pursue a premiere education in music. She administered after-school music programs for five music schools in Southern California, and founded a 501(c)3 charity, Ovation Music Fund, in 2010 to provide scholarships to low income children who wanted to attend any qualified after school music program in the United States. The charity was the first of its kind, partnering with existing music schools in 127 communities in 28 states to enable financially struggling families to provide their musically passionate offspring the same quality music education experience as their more affluent neighbors. Music is our universal language and the great equalizer, and the scholarship kids bonded with their fellow students and expanded their social, cultural and academic horizons in a way unrealized in most academic environments.
Prior to realizing her passion for youth arts and music education, Winks was a creative producer whose producing credits include “Santa Jr.” (Judd Nelson, Lauren Holly) for the Hallmark Channel, and “Dog Gone” (French Stewart, Luke Benward) for Universal. Optioned and developed projects include “City of Nine Dragons” with Terence Chang and John Woo, “Stand By Love” with “Homeland” E.P. Lesli Linka Glatter, “Endurance” with Studios USA, and “The Clio Awards” with Dick Clark Productions. As a literary manager, Winks helped clients sell several produced screenplays to Hallmark, and one client wrote “Camp Rock” for the Disney Channel, launching the careers of the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.
Winks has an MBA with emphasis in Marketing from Notre Dame de Namur University, and a BBA with emphasis in Marketing from University of North Texas.