The organisation formerly known as Music Canada Live has rebranded in its fifth year, with former exec director Erin Benjamin becoming CEO
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Music Canada Live announces the newly elected and re-elected board members at its annual general meeting
By Jamie Raybould on 22 May 2018
Music Canada Live held its fourth annual general meeting in Toronto on the 11 May, to announce newly or re-elected board members, as well as look back on the past year of the company.
The company is a young one, having been founded in 2014, although has amassed a large membership of more than 180.
The board now consists of: Vanessa Arscot (Plan V Productions), Louis Bellavance (Festival D’Ete de Quebec), Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists & Atomique Productions), Kevin Donnelly (True North sports & entertainment), Tarun Nayer (VIBC), Tracy Jenkins (Lula music & arts centre), Kim Rayworth (Capitol Theatre), Lynne Skromeda (Winnipeg folk festival), Louis Thomas (Sonic entertainment group), and Wayne Zronik (MLSE).
Among the priorities singled out at the meeting was the announcement of a more diverse staff, and the plan for gender parity by 2019. Other priorities of the company included the release of the vision for Ontario’s live music industry, beginning work on the economic impact study, and engagement in other key areas that affect live music, a market endued with a large amount of recent growth.
“This year we have doubled the number of female representatives and plan to have gender parity by 2019”
“We are so pleased to welcome our new and returning board members, and we thank them for their leadership and for representing their communities. We are also proud to say that Music Canada Live has made a steadfast commitment to parity and diversity on its board”, says chair Jesse Kumagai. “This year we have doubled the number of female representatives and plan to have gender parity by 2019.”
Executive director Erin Benjamin says: “It’s been an important year, both in the industry and for the organisation, we now have over 180 members, a huge achievement for such a young association. We continue to advocate on their behalf on the many key issues and challenges facing Canada’s live music industry.”
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