Winnipeg Folk Festival Announces New Executive Director

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The board of directors of the Winnipeg Folk Festival is very pleased to announce the appointment of Tamara Kater as its new Executive Director. Board chair Terry Sargeant made the announcement today, following a board decision based on an extensive international search.

As Executive Director, Ms. Kater will be responsible for day-to-day management of the organization, ensuring that operations are aligned with the Festival’s vision, mission and mandate. She will also be involved in establishing and implementing strategic goals and for leading a major resource development program.

She will work closely with Artistic Director Chris Frayer, as well as with the staff and volunteers to ensure that the Winnipeg Folk Festival continues to be the number one festival in the country.

Ms. Kater brings fifteen years experience as a cultural manager to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Most recently she has been Executive Director of the Ottawa Folk Festival where, in less than two years, she oversaw significant positive change in the governance and management of the organization. She has led the Ottawa Folk Festival in a revenue diversification strategy, which increased earned revenues by 25%. Sponsorships and grants increased by 60%.

“We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Tamara to the Winnipeg Folk Festival,” said Sargeant. “She brings a reputation as a ‘brilliant, young folk festival manager’ as well as having an excellent track record in managing arts organizations. She has a life-long passion for folk music and a vitality that will serve us well as the Festival moves toward our goal to be the Folk Music Capital of Canada.”

“I am very honoured and excited to have been selected as the successful candidate,” said Ms. Kater. “I am thrilled to be joining this venerable organization which has long been regarded as the best festival in Canada. I look forward to many more years of outstanding music and community spirit.”

Ms. Kater will be relocating to Winnipeg in the very near future. She will commence her new position on December 1, 2008.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a multi-faceted organization presenting Canada’s premier outdoor music festival.

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