2016 Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference
After moving to LA from Florida to pursue a career in “entertainment,” Kristy Gibson went to an Arcade Fire show at the Greek Theatre in 2007 and decided music is where she had to be. She left her job in field publicity at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and began her music career at Atlantic Records as an assistant 8 years ago. She is now the VP of Film/TV/Video Game licensing at Atlantic Records Group. She’s responsible for working with music supervisors and TV/Film executives to pitch and place Atlantic Group artist songs in TV, Film and Video Games.
Lauren Ross grew up on a river in Virginia, playing woodwinds, brass, guitar and whatever else she could get her hands on. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she moved to the drizzly hippie/punk town of Olympia, WA. She spent several years working at Kill Rock Stars in Olympia then New York, while also managing St. Vincent and assistant-managing Laura Veirs and Thao With The Get Down Stay Down. Having started the in-house sync licensing department at KRS, she eventually migrated to Terrorbird Media, establishing their sync licensing department in 2009. She founded Terrorbird Publishing the following year, and is proud to represent many of her favorite labels and artists. She currently lives in LA, running Terrorbird's licensing and publishing departments and playing music in her garage.
Andrew King is the Editor of Canadian Musician, Canada’s magazine for amateur and professional musicians and industry professionals. He is a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio program and regularly interviews and interacts with internationally-recognized artists and insiders.
Jumee Park is the VP of Film/TV Music at Downtown Music Publishing where she oversees creative sync marketing and strategy for the Film, TV, and Trailer medias. Prior to Downtown, Jumee managed creative licensing at Domino Records & Publishing, worked as an assistant music supervisor at Agoraphone Music Supervision, and has also worked at ASCAP, Sesame Workshop, and American Public Television. Jumee has a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MBA with a focus in Marketing from NYU Stern.
Julia Train’s history in the Canadian music industry began with her training in classical piano and love of music. She attended the Harris Institute for the Arts, where she studied Recorded Arts Management. Shortly after graduating, she went to work for the CMRRA’s Royalties Administration department.
Julia was a valued member of the FACTOR team from 2008-2011 as a Submissions Coordinator and Communications Manager.
Currently, Julia is the Communications and Administrations Director at the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) ensuring that musicians receive the recompense that they are entitled.
Julia is proud to have the opportunity to help the arts, and artists, in Canada and around the world.
If you’re someone who notices great uses of music during a TV show, an advertisement, or in a film, then chances are you’ve heard music that Jennifer Newcomer has pitched. As Creative Licensing Director for Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music, Jennifer has been busy pitching songs from both companies’ impressive licensing & publishing rosters that include artists like Grizzly Bear, The War on Drugs, Future Islands, M83, Spoon, New Order, Animal Collective, Death Cab For Cutie, and labels such as The Numero Group, Merge, Mute, and Polyvinyl, among many others. Most recently, Jennifer has pitched and landed songs in ads for Go Daddy, Smirnoff and Miller Lite, in TV shows “Orphan Black,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Limitless” and “The Get Down,” in a promo for the Hulu Original series “Casual” and in the upcoming Lonely Island film “Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping.” Notably, she pitched and landed the Vicktor Taiwo song “Curse” as the end credit music in an episode of “GIRLS,” and as a result, the song was the #1 most Shazam’d song in the US the week it aired. In addition to pitching music at Bank Robber Music and Rough Trade Publishing, Jennifer also enjoys playing drums, cooking, traveling and going to see all of the BRM & RTP bands play live shows.
Kate Urcioli is Executive Music Producer and Partner at Heavy Duty Projects. Heavy Duty Projects provides custom music for brand campaigns. Our clients include Kraft, JPMorgan Chase, Gillette, Target, Chrysler, Intel and many more. Having worked at Chop Shop Music Supervision (Music Supervision for Film/TV), Warner Music Group (Representing Artists for Licensing Opportunities), and the advertising agency McGarryBowen (Music Supervision and Production for Fortune 500 Clients), she has had the unique opportunity to participate in the music supervision, production and licensing process from all angles. Kate was the music supervisor for the film “Rich Hill” (Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at 2014 Sundance Film Festival), and was also the music producer for the 2014 Cannes Gold Lion winning Honda “Illusions” campaign.
Erin Kiyonaga joined FACTOR in 2009. She received her Honours B.A in Archaeology and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto. Before joining FACTOR she lived and worked in Australia and Japan, constantly pushing Canadian arts and culture on the unsuspecting. Erin has studied music since childhood.
In December 2012, Janesta Boudreau left her post as artist manager to open Rocking Horse Road Productions (RHR)– a music licensing house and sync agency specializing in TV, film, video game, online media, and ad placements for her roster of mostly Atlantic Canadian artists. Now with nearly 100 artists on the roster, RHR has secured paid placements on major networks including MTV, ABC, CTV, CBC, NBC, CityTV, RadX, Global, and more. RHR has consulted on TV / film projects, placed tracks in film (The Grand Seduction, Muffin Top, The Girl In The Photographs), and cleared music for the iphone / android app game, Music Mogul. Boudreau also takes care of music licensing and IP administration for UK game company, Frontier Developments (Elite: Dangerous, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, Zoo Tycoon, Planet Coaster (Q4 2016).
Liana White is the Executive Director of the Canadian Federation of Musicians. White has worked for the CFM [then AFM Canada] since 1996, starting as the CFM as the Artist Immigration Administrator.
Now having provided nearly 20 years of cross border related services to musicians, White has become recognized within the music industry as an authority on the legal requirements for musicians performing in the United States and Canada as temporary workers.
White’s vast artist-immigration experience is often called upon by mainstream media and music industry associations. Highlighting only some of White’s recognition and achievements: her articles and experience have been featured in Canadian Musician and Songwriters magazines; she has been interviewed by CBC radio, Global TV and for CIRRA’s educational series: The New Indie [vol. II, and, III not yet released]. White has also conducted many workshops and panels for many music industry associations and conferences across Canada.
When kids discover music culture some dream of the spotlight, thrilling crowds with big vocals and bigger hair. Yet while Brad Machry's schoolmates were forming bands, he was already living his dream handling merch and designing posters. Now Manager of Royalties & Licensing at Canada’s original independent label True North Records, distributor IDLA, and parent company Linus Entertainment, he oversees artists’ revenue streams and secures music placements for Film and Television. Brad’s two decades in the music industry also includes work with: CMRRA, ole Rights Management, The Glenn Gould Foundation, The McAuley Boys, NuFunk Concerts, KJ Sawka, and Mac Graham.
Mark Jowett founded the Nettwerk Music Group with Terry McBride in 1984 while a member of the electronic group Moev in the earlier 1980s. From the outset Mark was primarily focused on the creative development side of Nettwerk, working with many of the artists that crossed Nettwerk’s path over the years, including Sarah Mclachlan, Avril Lavigne, Great Lake Swimmers, Delerium, Passenger and many others Mark’s primary responsibilities within NMG including running the publishing division Nettwerk One with Blair Macdonald, focusing on A&R for the label, and helping oversee the label’s international operations and its offices in the US, the UK and Germany.
When not in the thick of all things Nettwerk, Mark is a writer, and his book Tubers, a short-story book with illustrations and its own soundtrack about the undergrounds in New York, London and Paris, was published by Read Leaf/Simply Read books in 2012. Mark also plays in the Vancouver indie band Cinderpop and plays cello in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra.
Michael Freeman is currently the Executive Music Producer at Ogilvy and Mather NY where he produces music for International brands such as American Express Coca Cola, Vitamin Water, IBM, IKEA, NASCAR and Tiffanys. Prior to Ogilvy he produced music at McgarryBowen and Publicis Kaplan Thaler working on global brands such as Disney, Chase, HP and Reebok . Originally from New Orleans and an accomplished woodwind musician he attended NOCCA for high school and completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music.and holds a Masters in Music at NYU. In addition, Michael has music supervised films which premiered and aired on the BBC and the Seattle Film Festival.
Tim Hardy has worked with SOCAN in a variety of positions within their Licensing & Membership Departments in both its Head Office in Toronto and its Atlantic Canadian Office based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since 1995. Tim’s current role with SOCAN (Member & Industry Relations Executive Atlantic Region) has him based in Halifax, but on the road throughout Atlantic Canada. The Member Relations role allows Tim to work with songwriters, composers and music publishers, as well as industry associations and key influencers within the region, spreading the word about SOCAN and its role within the Canadian music industry. The Industry Relations role allows Tim to work directly with many industry associations in Atlantic Canada (Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, Chambers of Commerce, Hospitality Associations, Restaurant Associations, etc.) and Nationally (COCA, CAPACOA, NCRA, etc.) whose membership is affected by SOCAN licensing. Tim also does numerous presentations and workshops throughout the region discussing SOCAN, copyright, performing rights and the SOCAN Foundation.
Tim Des Islets is the founder of the Canadian artist management company Noisemaker based out of Toronto. With achievements in cultivating Canadian talent that has reached audiences both at home and abroad, Tim manages an award-winning roster of artists that includes The East Pointers, Poor Young Things, and Sun K. Tim Des Islets formerly worked at Bumstead Productions where he managed current clients Poor Young Things and The East Pointers as well Tim Chaisson, Two Hours Traffic, The Lazys, and was a part of The Trews’ management team. Tim has helped develop artists and establish these artists into Canadian music canon. Tim’s expertise in artist management has created incredible talent that helps solidify Canada as a major player in the music scene.
Nick Fowler's career as a composer/producer has been steadily increasing over the past 3 years. Since creating the theme song for CTV's "The Social" in 2013 his services have been in high demand. His latest noteworthy accomplishment was creating the new theme song for Discovery's "Daily Planet" which has been a staple in the Discovery lineup since 1995. Besides theme songs, Nick has also written over 100 tracks for the CTV background library. His tracks are often heard on shows such as E-Talk, Canada AM, and many other CTV programs. Nick also dedicates a lot of time to his solo project "FWLR" releasing his first EP "Outsider" on SectionZ Records in early 2016.
Vincent Degiorgio is the president of Cymba Music Publishing, a division of Chapter 2 Productions Inc. Formed originally as a production and publishing house, Cymba has become one of the most active, creative music publishing entities in Canada. With unprecedented global reach and a focus on the international market for recorded music and synch, it is home for Davor Vulama, Aileen de la Cruz, Ari Rhodes, Ian Smith, Olivia Wik and multiple award winner, Dennis Ellsworth. Aside being president of the company, Vincent is also a multimillion selling song writer, who’s most recent work with Dutch pop star Caro Emerald recently eclipsed the two million album threshold. His songs have been in 14 languages. He has served on numerous boards including the SAC, and is currently a proud board member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association and on the advisory board of MROC.
Matt Fisher is a programmer, host, producer, writer and music curator based out of Toronto, Canada. In 2010, he signed on to join the music programming team at SiriusXM Canada, leaving behind a government job that did not fulfill his background in radio and television ó or his lifelong passion for music. While at SiriusXM, Matt programmed Canadian indie rock stations The Verge and Iceberg, and hosted several weekly shows, including LiVE@TheVerge. Two years later, he moved on, beginning a job with CBC Music, a free, online streaming service and music site available to Canadians. Mattís current role is producer of CBC Music: Sonica, the most listened to stream on the platform. Over the years he has interviewed artists from Arcade Fire to Mumford & Sons, and has curated specialty streams for brands such as Procter & Gamble, Rdio and TD. Outside of work, Matt attends more than 150 shows a year, constantly looking incredible new acts. He is also a Factor and Polaris jury member.
Jordan Howard's 10 years of diverse industry experience ranges from sales manager to artist manager to music industry instructor to non-profit executive. He was instrumental in the success of The Glorious Sons who, under his management, won the 97.7 htz fm Rock Search competition and went on to attain three top 10 radio singles, perform multiple national tours, earn nominations for two Radio Music Awards, play the main stage at festivals across the country and earn a Juno Nomination. At the age of 18, Jordan founded the non-profit, Rock for Humanity, to bring awareness to Toronto's homeless problem. They raised tens of thousands of dollars through a series of concerts, with 100% of the money earned going to their charitable partners. CCS Rights Management is a full service Rights Management Company with clients such as Randy Bachman, Terra Lightfoot, Tim Chaisson, CAIRO, Jess Moskaluke and Chad Brownlee. CCS also manages CAIRO and The Balconies.
With a background in Advertising, Jasmine Flott chose to take her music fandom to a professional level in 2007. She has been a Music Supervisor at Agoraphone Music Direction in Brooklyn, NY ever since. Agoraphone is a company primarily dedicated to finding work by indie/up and coming artists for commercials, television & film. As a Music Supervisor, Jasmine has worked on everything from Google to Miller Lite to Nike to Sprint to the songs in car commercials that get stuck in your head. Recent film & tv projects include the Syl Johnson documentary, Any Way The Wind Blows, currently screening at film festivals, and the soon to be released Wyatt Cenac comedy series, Night Train With Wyatt Cenac.
Founded in 2001by Glenn McMullen and currently based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Sound of Pop (SOP) Inc. is a music publishing & master/sync representation company. Sound of Pop Publishing has been built on quality music publishing with great songs and great partners. SOP currently represents over 1000 songs in a one-stop capacity for Sync representation and/or publishing including including Chris Kirby, Brianna Gosse, Tyler Hache, Everglow, RocketRocketShip, Three Sheet, In Dreams, Coco Love Alcorn, and The Fed Pennies. SOP also represents international acts Ume (Austin, US), Super Water Sympathy (Shreveport, US), Voltaire Twins (Australia), Amoric (Ireland), Bettie Serveert (Netherlands), Cobson (Denmark) and more.
Despite his celebrated work as a producer and engineer, lately, Dan Weston has been focusing predominantly on the mixing process. Thats really the component that can separate a good record from a great record, he explains, emphasizing the excitement thats elicited from bringing a fresh perspective to a project and guiding listeners to focus on the fundamental components of a given track and uniting those tracks into a cohesive unit greater than the sum of its parts.
Steven Calder works predominantly on the creative side of the tracks (no pun intended) not only for Wipe Out Music Publishing in the UK but also as a sync rep and UK Library manager for Rocking Horse Road Productions based right in the heart of the creative hub that is Nova Scotia, Canada.
As the library manager for RHR I will be taking the helm and working side
by side with your very own Janesta Boudreau in ensuring the quality and diversity of our up-and-coming music library service is of an absolutely awesome standard as well as easy and quick to use for everyone concerned which will hopefully be a lot!
Kimberly Sinclair has amassed an impressive track record promoting and exporting Canadian artists. Drawing on her background in New York's fast-paced fashion industry, along with a singular ability to bring people together, Kimberly has built SpinCount into an award-winning promotions and publicity firm. Kimberly has twice been awarded Industry Professional of the Year, and SpinCount awarded Company of the Year by both regional and provincial music associations - in 2016 and 2011 by the East Coast Music Association, and in 2014 and 2012 by Music Nova Scotia. SpinCount clients are routinely nominated for JUNOs, The Polaris Prize, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and receive multiple nominations yearly for MNS, MusicNB, MusicPEI, MusicNL, and ECMAs.