2019 CIMA Gala Spotlight: Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records
In the lead up to the fifth annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala on June 10th, we're proud to put a spotlight on our 2019 winners and nominees. Next up, we have the 2019 recipient of the Entrepreneur Award (presented by Gowling WLG), Shauna de Cartier, founder of Six Shooter Records and Interstellar Rodeo Festival and a fearless leader in the independent music community. Here's her story:
Nineteen years ago, Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records as a one-woman operation. Originally from Edmonton, de Cartier had moved east with artist management experience, corporate and independent arts marketing savvy and an MBA from the University of Alberta. With one artist – Luke Doucet – signed to the new label, de Cartier embarked on a gutsy, gritty course to establishing Six Shooter Records, an artist-first, longevity-minded independent label in her new home of Toronto.
Now, in 2019, the Six Shooter world includes a unique, profitable and artistically exemplary record label, a growing publishing company, a booming artist management company, and a gem of a festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo. All four business components work together to make Six Shooter a distinctive and dynamic force in the music industry. Six Shooter’s community of inimitable musical minds is connected, grounded and supported by de Cartier’s entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, generosity, love and integrity.
Six Shooter’s catalogue now includes more than one hundred albums united by an appreciation for the craft of songwriting. Currently, the diverse, politically engaged, and internationally renowned roster includes Whitehorse, Tanya Tagaq, The Dead South, Amelia Curran, Whitney Rose, The Wet Secrets, Ensign Broderick, The Rheostatics, Riit and more.
As a member of the music industry, de Cartier is a tireless advocate for artists, independent businesses and fair dealings. De Cartier continues to serve on the board of CIMA, which she chaired for four years, has recently rejoined the Radio Starmaker board, where she previously served a six year run, and also served a term as an elected Board Member of the Americana Music Association, based in Nashville. De Cartier is committed to creating professional opportunities for young industry members - specifically women - and fostering a strong network of like-minded individuals in the industry at large.
Gala tickets are on sale here https://2019cimagala.eventbrite.ca! Join us in celebrating our amazing indie music community at Lithuanian House Banquet Halls on June 10th.