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Orly Marley

ORLY MARLEY is an Israeli-born entrepreneur and music manager. Starting her professional career as an assistant at the William Morris Agency, she quickly ascended to director of talent sponsorships, closing a number of worldwide endorsement and sponsorship deals for Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas, Salma Hayek, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, and many others. In 2004 and 2006, alongside the Marley family, Orly conceptualized and produced the Bob Marley Roots Rock Reggae Tour across the US. After thirteen years at William Morris, she took over the management of her husband Ziggy Marley as well as his record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide, and established his own publishing company, Ishti Music—where she would regain all of Marley’s musical compositions. Orly has also worked with Walt Disney Records to produce The Disney Reggae Club album and was instrumental in the promotional campaign for the critically praised Bob Marley documentary film Marley. Together with her husband, Orly heads Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (U.R.G.E.), a nonprofit organization that seeks to make enduring contributions to the lives of children in Jamaica, Africa, and throughout the world. In addition to her professional and philanthropic activities, Orly has recently completed her second term on the Board of Governors for the LA chapter of the Recording Academy; she remains active with them on many creative endeavors. Little John Crow is her latest work.