Tamara Kaminska is a Silesian University graduate with a Masters of Arts in Philosophy, and a post-graduate diploma in Cultural Management from the University of Economics. Since 2012, she has worked as Deputy Director for the Katowice City of Gardens Culture Institution (which organised events such as the JazzArt Festival, Sound Gardens Festival, Annual City Anniversary celebrations and was co-organiser of the OFF, Tauron New Music or RawaBlues Festivals). In this function Tamara was responsible for all programming and oversight of diverse creative and cultural industry based activities of the institution and collaborating with national and international partners, including Krakow, Lublin, Sopot or Wroclaw in Poland and Adelaide, Mannheim, Kingston, Hannover, Sevilla, or Saint Etienne abroad.
Initiator of an innovative NGO support programme that created new collaboration opportunities between the private and public sectors. Together with her team, she organized a bid for the City of Katowice to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), thanks to which Katowice was designated as a City of Music in 2015. Currently, she is also responsible for the implementation and realisation of the entire ‘Katowice – City of Music’ programme, which was detailed in the said application. In 2015-2016, Tamara worked on the “Music sector development policy in Katowice. How to build a thriving, sustainable and prosperous music industry” report for the City of Katowice.
Tamara is also the author of the successful WOMEX 2017 application, effectively bringing the world music festival and fair to the city and implementing and realizing the program. As a representative of Katowice, she was responsible for the bid to organise the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting in 2018 and its realisation after a subsequent successful application. In January 2018, she was elected a leader of the UCCN music subnetwork and member of the UCCN Steering Committee.
As of October 2018, she is the Director of the Music Export Poland Office in Warsaw and the independent expert of the UNESCO National Commission in Poland.