CIMA Board of Directors: 2017-18 Nominees
CIMA is pleased to announce the following Board of Directors nominees for the 2017-18 term.
Voting will take place at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 28th at The Supermarket in Toronto. CIMA voting level members (Class A, B & C) are eligible to vote.
Advance voting information will also be sent out for those who cannot attend the AGM in person.
Company: Hopeful Tragedy Records
Jeff Beaulieu is Montreal’s Your Favorite Enemies guitarist, Hopeful Tragedy Records owner, Upper Room Church Studio co-owner and non-profit Rock’N’Rights founder. Since YFE’s creation in 2006, influenced by the likes of Ian MacKaye (Fugazi/Dischord) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion/Epitaph), Beaulieu based his career and social involvement on a DIY ethos and community values. His vision led YFE to not only become an international act, a Juno nominee band and spokespeople for Amnesty International, but also pioneers of online live concert broadcast, direct-to-fan merch and fan club services. His unique interpretation of today’s entertainment business makes him a most appreciated speaker, debater, and mentor.
Company: The Management Trust
Jake Gold is one of Canada’s most successful artist managers and has been an active force in the Canadian music industry for over 30 years. In 1986, Gold started his own artist management company The Management Trust Ltd. and shortly after began transforming The Tragically Hip into national stardom. Gold currently manages the careers of Adam Cohen, Crash Karma, Scarlett Jane, and Common Deer as well as music producers Moe Berg, Russell Broom, and Laurence Currie. Gold has been recognized by the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards as Manager of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He has been a member of the JUNO Awards Television and Talent committee since the 2003 awards broadcast in Ottawa-Gatineau. In 2009, Gold was elected to the board of CIMA (CIRPA). Jake recently has been elected again to Vice-Chairman for CIMA. He is also a board member for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and is the 2013 MMF Honour Roll Award recipient for his lifetime work in the field of Artist Management. He also sits on the music advisory board of the OMDC.
Company: Pandyamonuim Artist Management
Sandy Pandya is a true pioneer in the Canadian music industry and has always walked to the beat of her own drum, forging a unique path for herself and the artist’s she represents. Sandy began her career by booking and marketing artists in her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, before routing herself to Toronto, where she landed positions with leading indie label, Attic Records and BMG Records. Sandy followed that up by working at the booking agency Celebrity Talent International (Barenaked Ladies, Moxy Früvous, The Pursuit of Happiness, Skydiggers) before eventually forming a management firm with like-minded music veteran, William “Skinny” Tenn. Next up, Sandy aided singer songwriter Hayden in developing and running his own indie label, Hardwood Records, and signing a publishing deal that some have touted as legendary. This model paid off as it lead her to secure Tegan and Sara their current record deal as Neil Young’s inaugural signing to his Vapor Records label. Sandy’s next task was establishing her own company, Pandyamonium Management, where she managed and developed Hawksley Workman into a multi-brand personality for nearly a decade. From 2005 - 2010, Sandy steered the career of Juno Award winning singer Jully Black. Jully surpassed Gold sales on her Universal released record, Revival, in a time when that isn’t so easy to achieve. Sandy’s current client, Serena recently had a Top 10 hit at Triple A radio in the United States, and had songs placed on ABC’s “Private Practice” and the CW’s “Gossip Girl”.
Company: acronym / Jumping Through Hoops
Having previously served as a Board Member from 2013-2016, Tony is hopeful to continue to serve the needs of all CIMA Members in a new term and would welcome the support of the voting membership this year. Tony has just launched a couple of new ventures as a true Independent after spending his career to date working within both the Major Label and Major Independent systems. Tony is engaged in what could be called a crash course of re-learning of our business of music from the ground up, which is both exciting and daunting at the same time as we all know. It is his intention to bring both his experience and new perspective to the table in collaboration with both the Membership and the other Members of the Board, and participating fully in the matters at hand to help in navigating these very challenging times. Tony is currently serving dual roles as both Owner of his own company, Jumping Thru Hoops Inc. (a consulting and artist management company) and as the Head of Creative/Managing Partner of the newly re-launched label imprint, acronym Records which came into being on June 23, 2017, in collaboration with MDM Recordings Inc.
Company: Arts & Crafts
As President and Co-Owner of Arts & Crafts, Kieran plays a key role in the development of many of Canada's leading independent artists. He is responsible for the overall strategic vision and direction of the company’s record label, music publishing, artist management and events divisions. In addition, he serves as artist manager to several of A&C’s key clients. With more than fifteen years of music industry tenure, Roy carries a wealth of knowledge, entrepreneurial experience and a wide professional network. Prior to joining A&C, Kieran spent six years at Sony BMG as an artist marketing manager, and two years before that as a business strategy consultant.
Company: Last Gang Entertainment
Born and raised in Toronto, Chris Moncada (GM Last Gang Records/eOne Music Canada) is a nineteen year industry veteran. He started in the mailroom at Universal Music Canada in 1998, when Napster was still just an idea, and the recorded music world was on the brink of a massive sea change. His career path at both Universal and Warner in Canada took him through various stints in marketing, publicity and 360 rights development before leaving Warner for Last Gang in 2015 to take on the role of General Manager. In 2016, after the acquisition of Last Gang by Entertainment One, Chris took on the additional role of GM at eOne Music Canada. The rosters between both labels include Canadian artists such as Death From Above, Emily Haines, Stars, The Wild!, The Standstills, Jesse Cook, Cadence Weapon and many more.
Company: Cadence Music Group
Iain Taylor began his career at indie label, Electric Distribution, as Ontario Sales Manager where he helped launch NWA, and Nine Inch Nails in Canada. This led to joining Universal Music Canada where he worked for 20 years in a variety of positions, ultimately as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Iain joined Maple Music Recordings in 2015 as President & CEO, where they restructured the company and rebranded it as Cadence Music Group, with the intent to broaden the company’s focus on signing and developing artists on a global level. Cadence is home to 4 labels (Open Road Recordings, Physical Presents, Pheromone Recordings and Cadence Music) as well as its distribution company, Fontana North, which represents over 100 independent labels and artists. Iain is really interested joining the CIMA board and helping the team further their interests in the independent community.
Andy has 12+ years of diverse music industry experience. Extensive skill set includes A&R, management, marketing, acquisitions, physical & digital product distribution and much more. As ole label group's Manager of Artist & Repertoire, he’s responsible for overseeing the artistic development of recording artists & songwriters. Andy works directly with artists, legal teams, managers etc. and acts as a liaison between artists & record labels or publishers. Before joining ole, Andy worked at Cadence Music (aka MapleMusic Recordings) & Fontana North as A&R/Label Manager since 2012. Andy attended Trebas Institute’s Entertainment Management program and graduated Magna Cum Laude (with great honor).
Company: SRO Management
Pegi Cecconi is a consultant for SRO Management (home of the Original 360 Deal), one of Canada's leading full service entertainment firms, located in Toronto. Active in the international and national market for over 30 years, Ms. Cecconi draws upon diverse knowledge and experience in the music industry acquired through her involvement in the publishing, legal affairs, touring, merchandising, management, recording and record and video production fields. Ms. Cecconi is currently sits on the board of directors for CIMA, CMRRA and IDLA and was recently honoured with the MMF’s Brian Chater Pioneer Award, as well as CIMA’s inaugural Brian Chater Leadership Award.
Company: Coalition Music
Rob Lanni co-founded Coalition Music in the early 1990s. A full-service management company with true artist development as the lynchpin to its endeavors, Coalition Music helps artists to build globally successful careers. The current client roster includes artists Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, USS, Tom Cochrane, Scott Helman, Justin Nozuka and others. In 2010, Coalition Music purchased and renovated a 12,000 square foot building in mid-Toronto (a former convent) that houses their management and record label offices, rehearsal and production suites, showcase room, recording studios, education spaces, their not-for-profit arm (Canada’s Music Incubator) and their charity arm (TEMPO). Lanni is a former member of the Board of Directors at FACTOR and currently sits on the CIMA and MMF Boards as well as the Toronto Music Advisory Committee.
Shauna de Cartier
Company: Six Shooter Records
Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records in 2000, maintaining a steadfast commitment to fostering artistic excellence and to the development of a distinct community of Canadian-based artists with international careers. Along with her sister artist management company, Shauna has overseen the production and release of almost 100 albums from an artist roster which includes Whitehorse, Amelia Curran, Good Lovelies, Deep Dark Woods, Danny Michel, Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, NQ Arbuckle, Tanya Tagaq, and many others. Six Shooter is the founder of two new festivals: Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in Toronto with Luke Doucet, and the Interstellar Rodeo, in Edmonton. Shauna lives by the Six Shooter motto that “Life is Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music”.
Tim des Islets
Company: Noisemaker Management
Tim Des Islets is the founder of the Canadian artist management company Noisemaker Management. With achievements in cultivating Canadian talent that has reached audiences both at home and abroad, Noisemaker manages an award-winning roster of artists that includes The East Pointers, Poor Young Things, Sun K, Megan Bonnell, The Once, and Tim Chaisson. 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. Tim also runs the DT Concert Series in Paris, Ontario.
Company: Prodigy Music Group
Guy's career marks nearly 15 years at Bloomberg, where he rose to the position of Asia Pacific Head of Electronic Execution. Prior to Bloomberg he spent a year as Branch Manager for Royal Films, a movie distribution company, in Latin America. After he left Bloomberg, Guy moved to Canada where he became involved in the local music scene. Driven by his love for music and supporting musical talent, Guy founded Prodigy Music Group in 2010. Guy holds a Master's of International Management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).