Mara Schwartz Kuge- Over a decade of experience in music publishing specializing in film and TV music pitching, licensing and A&R.
Created Superior Music Publishing as a joint venture with Modern Works, representing Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama/Shakespears Sister), Mocean Worker, Ursula 1000, Big Harp, Weed, Scott H. Biram and more.
In addition to a specialty in synch licensing, has signed several acts to publishing deals whose albums or co-writes have placed in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 100, including the National, Grizzly Bear, M. Ward, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Sleater-Kinney, the Faint and Peaches.
Have spoken on 100+ panels including SXSW (music, film, and interactive), ASCAP I Create Music Expo, Billboard Film and TV Music Conference and CMJ
Mary Kate Melnick- Mary Kate got her start in licensing in 2009 at The Beggars Group. She later served as Vice President at Lip Sync Music for four years. In 2014 she moved to Nashville, TN where she currently serves as Director of Creative Licensing for Big Deal Music Group. At Big Deal Mary Kate focuses on sync licensing for advertising, trailers and promos. Her recent work includes placements with Samsung, Reebok, Southwest, AT&T and LifeWtr
Toddrick Spalding- Toddrick Spalding is the Director of Music at Mob Scene, overseeing the agency’s music department and leading music creative for Theatrical since 2014. Over the course of his 12+ year career he has worked with clients as diverse as Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal Nickelodeon, FX, 20th Century Fox, MTV, THE Paris, Nike, the NBA, Zealot, Ayzenberg, Vibe Creative, Motive and many more both as a freelance music supervisor and working in house at theatrical marketing agencies Trailer Park, mOcean/CMP+, The Cimarron Group and as a member of music supervision collective, High Bias. Some career highlights include trailers for The Accountant, Collateral Beauty, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Focus, Big Hero 6, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Django Unchained, Cars 2, Tangled and Toy Story 3. In addition to his work for theatrical marketing, Toddrick has music supervised several independent feature films and worked on ad campaigns for Xbox, ChangeTheMascot.org, Haagen-Dazs, and Levi’s.
Kimberly Sinclair -built SpinCount into an award-winning promotions and publicity firm and her clients are routinely nominated for GRAMMYs, CRMAs, JUNOs, Polaris Prize, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and provincial Music Industry Association awards. Kimberly is a former member of the board of directors at Music Nova Scotia and ECMAs.
Follow Kimberly on twitter @kimberlysinc or SPINCOUNT @spincount
Mission Statement: At SpinCount we use new media to create opportunity and raise awareness for our artists, their tours and brand.
Tanya Brittain- Tanya Brittain is a professional songwriter, musician, and feature writer for the international magazine Cornwall Today. A Cornish language speaker, Tanya is chair trustee of the LMF Charitable Trust - a large Arts charity dedicated to promoting live music and Cornish heritage. Tanya is also the Event Director of multi-award winning Looe Music Festival, Cornwall, UK (a BBC Gold Partner in the BBC Summer of Music campaign 2016)”
Henry Van Den Hoogen- Henry has been with Galaxie since its inception in 1997 and was kept on board when Stingray bought that company in 2009. Currently, he is the Director of Stingray Music’s Global Programming strategy and also programs around 25 music stations.
Prior to that he has worked as a Sony Music label rep for 6 years in Montreal and Ottawa, Music Director for MIX96 (now Virgin Radio) in Montreal in the 90s and assistant Music Director and morning show producer for 680 CFTR in the 80s - when music on AM actually existed.
Dana Beeler- Dana comes by her love of the music world honestly. Raised in a family bluegrass band, she spent many childhood moments at festivals and concerts. After graduating from college with a music business degree, Dana set off to work in venues, PR firms and music associations, all the while building her career as a performer and songwriter. She now leads the team producing and programming the In the Dead Of Winter festival, which takes place each January in Halifax.
Jared Leon- Jared Leon (B.A. (hons), M.A., J.D.) is a Toronto-based entertainment lawyer. Between 2012 and 2015, Jared was the director of POP Montreal’s POP Symposium, each year bringing together a range of the most creative minds in music and art for five days of discussion. Since 2010, Jared has co-published and co-edited, independent art and music print periodical, LAURA. LAURA is distributed from select locations throughout North America and Europe, including ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1, Art Metropole, Ooga Booga, and BLESS. Jared continues to play in a band called the Nymphets.
Sam Carlin- Sam Carlin began his career in music working at the independent record label Razor & Tie. After three years, he started working at MTV as a music coordinator for the New & Docs department. Since then, Sam has become an independent music supervisor for MTV and has worked on numerous shows and specials for the network including Catfish: The TV Show, True Life, Middle Of the Night Show, I Used To Be Fat, One Bad Choice, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and This is How I Made It. In addition to his work at MTV, Sam has also done music consulting for Bravo and Oxygen Networks. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is in the middle of music supervising the 6th season of Catfish.
Willa Yudell- Raised on obscure vinyl and postmodern VHS, music supervisor Willa Yudell is a half English, full-fledged Los Angeles native, who's current projects include Atomic Blonde & What Haunts Us, recent projects SuperMensch:The Legend of Shep Gordon & Linsanity, in addition to an array of non-profit content, PSAs & online entertainment, fashion & beauty media. Willa's path to supervision began in the film music department at Lionsgate, serving as music coordinator on The Hunger Games & Warrior to name a few.
Angela Kozak- Angela Kozak joined FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) in 2010. As a Project Coordinator, she is well-versed in FACTOR’s programs and business policies and uses this knowledge to work with musicians and music companies as they navigate the online system, apply for funding and complete their grants. She is very happy to be representing FACTOR during her first-ever trip to PEI.
Julia Train- 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 Senior Manager, Communications and Outreach at the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) ensuring that musicians receive the recompense that they are entitled. She is also on the Board of Women in Music Canada.
Julia is proud to have the opportunity to help the arts, and artists, in Canada and around the world.
Brian Moncarz- Based out of Rattlebox Studios in Toronto, producer/mixer Brian Moncarz lives to record and mix top bands and artists including Our Lady Peace, The Trews, Circa Survive (Atlantic), which landed a Billboard Modern Rock/Alternative #1 hit, Neverending White Lights featuring Hot Hot Heat (MapleMusic), Bleeker Ridge (Universal), Moneen (Dine Alone/Vagrant), The Reason (Warner/Anthem), The Jimmy Bowskill Band (Ruf), Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone), Poor Young Things (Bumstead) and The Junction (Universal). Moncarz is most proud of his association with producers Bob Ezrin and David Bottrill. Through years of working side-by-side with both masters, Moncarz has honed his craft: making great records.
Brian started 2016 in fine fashion mixing a new single for Our Lady Peace entitled “The Fix”, mixing material for The Trews' Time Capsule album, producing and mixing Julian Taylor’s upcoming release (Aporia) and producing/mixing Secret Broadcast’s new album (eOne).
Meet the 2017 Delegates
Emmy Black- In a music-industry career that began in her teens, Emmy Black has established a reputation for musical vision, innovative thinking and street-level savvy. At 21, she talked herself into a job at the legendary indie label Bar/None, where she signed grass-roots successes the Front Bottoms and Emperor X. She further expanded her knowledge of the industry as Manager of Client Relations for the pioneering distribution/media company The Orchard. In early 2015 she decided to apply her diverse skills and far-ranging experience to create Rhyme & Reason Records, a forward-thinking label designed to function within the realities of an evolving marketplace.
Glenn McMullen- Founded in 2001 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 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 Chris Kirby, Brianna Gosse, Tyler Hache, Everglow, RocketRocketShip, Three Sheet, In Dreams, Coco Love Alcorn, and The Fed Pennies.
Doug Taylor- Doug Taylor is the owner of Codapop Studios in Halifax, NS. Over the 10 years since its inception, Codapop has garnered several nominations for Recording Studio of the Year, in addition to nominations and awards won for records produced in the studio.
In 2017, Doug co-founded Full Chisel Music Publishing with Ian McKinnon (Rawlins Cross and GroundSwell Music) to help address a gap in the offerings available to songwriters and artists in Atlantic Canada.
Doug has served on the Board of Music Nova Scotia since 2014. He is a staunch supporter of the Atlantic Canadian music scene. When he is not promoting house concerts, he is often seen at one of the many fine live music venues in the region.
Ryan Gies- Ryan Gies began his music career in a record shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, hired one week before Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was unleashed onto the world and the uprising of alternative music. He worked for Interscope in the 1990s. Moved to New York City in 2001 to work for Beggars Group/Matador Records. Ryan leaped to Ryko Distribution then ADA-Warner Music Group as Artist and Label Development. In June 2012, vinyl only label Night Fever Music was conceived in order to create true limited edition, remastered, high quality vinyl pressings of classic albums and soundtracks. Night Fever Music is distributed globally by ADA.
Emma Cassidy- is a sync agent for Rocking Horse Road Productions in charge of finding new music and repping RHR's current roster to pitch to music supervisors around the globe. Emma is also the producer of the Rocking Horse Road's production music library where she is always on the look out for new talent to sign to the library. Situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia - Emma is able to dive into one of Atlantic Canada's premiere locations for emerging musicians.
Daniel Calabrese- Devoting over thirteen years to being an artist advocate in Canada’s music industry, Daniel is the Electronic Media Supervisor for the Canadian Federation of Musicians. As part of the Negotiation Committee for the CFM, he specializes in recording agreements negotiated between the CFM and production/recording companies, making sure musicians are properly compensated and assuring their work is protected.
Tom Sweeney- is director of RootBeat Records, an independent record label from the UK home to some of England's best folk music, including Leveret, The Rheingans Sisters and Lady Maisery. In his copious spare time, he's also a gigging upright/electric bassist and gig promoter in his hometown of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.
Guillaume Moffet- Guillaume is responsible for A & R at SOCAN for Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie. He has close to ten years of experience in music journalism, including a stint as editor of the influential website BRBR. He is a member of the jury at the Prix Polaris and Prism, and has an in-depth knowledge of Quebec artists and songwriters, both on the French and Anglophone theaters, contributing to the career development of many creators and publishers.
Vivian Barclay- is the General Manager of Warner/Chappell Music Canada. Sheis a classically-trained musician with a degree in Radio & Television fromRyerson University. Experienced in radio, artist management, publicity, andpromotion, she has composed music for television commercials and won awardsfor her film sound production and digital audio editing talents. AtWarner/Chappell, she works with a diverse roster of songwriters, includingSimple Plan, Jully Black, Saukrates, Barenaked ladies and Michael BernardFitzgerald, and is also responsible for the administration of the200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes George and IraGershwin, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay -Z, Michael Bublé andProducer T- Minus.
Kaya Pino- studied at McGill University where she completed her BA in Economicswith a minor in Political Science. While at school she explored numerousavenues through work and extra-curricular experience, providing her with aunique and diverse background. Kaya’s passions include media, marketing,digital, visual art, dance, music and culture. Kaya is an excellent exampleof the integration of left and right brain thinking. She believes thatcreativity and analytics are best served together when approachinginnovation and problem solving. This thinking has inspired Kaya’sinternship experience as well as her constant involvement in dance andother artistic ventures.