Manuel Prestamo is currently the President of Performance Management International, LLC (PMI), specializing in management services to the performing arts and higher education, PMI also represents and manages a roster of approximately 35 performing artists and groups world-wide. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations as well as several state, regional and national advisory panels of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Respect Diversity Foundation, Arts Midwest National Conference, Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Oklahoma Israel Exchange, Oklahoma Arts Council, Texas Arts Commission, Wisconsin Arts Board, PAE, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
In 2016, Manuel Prestamo envisioned and ultimately produced videos of the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange Conference to further enhance public awareness and knowledge of the performing arts industry and PAE in particular. To do so, he harnessed the resources of Florida International University (FIU), South Arts, and PMI in a three-way partnership. While some videos have been released, due to the extensive amount of product generated there are still other videos in the editing mode.
With a doctorate in arts administration from New York University, he has served as Dean of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Dean of Oklahoma City Community College. He has taught at Marquette University, Tulsa Community College, and most recently at Florida International University in Miami.
As a presenter, he created and established the Cultural Awareness Series in Oklahoma City and it garnered national awards for innovative and international programming. He also served as the Executive Director for Arts Festival Oklahoma and the OK Mozart Festival with 160 events in 10 days each year. Prior to his work in arts administration and higher education he also had an international career as a symphony orchestra conductor and music director.
Internationally, he has served as an American Cultural Specialist and consultant for the U.S. State Department on nine educational and cultural missions; he has been a consultant to the National University of Argentina, National University of Chile, and the University of La Serena; served as an APAP representatives to Mexico: Gateway to the Americas; and has been honored by grants from the Institute of International Education with two Fulbright appointments, People-to-People, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His services and expertise as an administrator and educator have been utilized by organizations for over 40 years in the United States, Austria, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Chile, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and the Far East.