Meet the MusicWorks Panelists - SOUND ADVICE: Music Management

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From left: Liam Killeen, Meghan Symsyk, Franz Schuller

Meet Coalition Entertainment Management’s Liam Killeen, Indica Records’ Franz Schuller, and Meghan Symsyk from SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment Group, who will be on hand this Saturday, October 26 for SOUND ADVICE: Music Management.

Liam Killeen, Manager, Coalition Entertainment Management
Liam Killeen got his start in the music industry as the drummer for the Pop-Punk band Not By Choice in 2002.  Five months later, the band had a record deal, released their first single Standing All Alone and hit the road for a year and a half.  The band won their first MuchMusic Video Award in 2003 for their single Now That You Are Leaving, and also appeared on two editions of MuchMusic’s Big Shiny Tunes albums. Not By Choice released two albums, enjoyed two top-ten singles, and toured internationally with Sum 41, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, and many other acts.

Liam joined the management team at Coalition Entertainment in early 2009.  Adding to the already successful company, fronted by Managers Rob Lanni and Eric Lawrence, with a roster that includes Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Justin Nozuka, and many more.

As the Manager of USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), Faber Drive (604 / Universal), These Kids Wear Crowns (EMI), and Greig Nori, he strives to find new and exciting opportunities to build the careers of his Artists in this ever-changing industry.  In addition to his Management position, Liam is also a recurring guest on MuchMusic’s ‘Discovered’ where he dishes out advice to young artists trying to get a start on their careers, and has been a guest speaker at such conferences as North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, The East Coast Music Awards, BreakOut West, Music Manitoba, Music and Film in Motion, and many others around the world.

Franz Schuller, President, Indica Records; Founder, Iguana Management
Franz is head of A&R and President of Indica-records in Montreal, Canada, one of Canada’s leading indie labels. Indica has worked with and developed young talent from both Canada (Half Moon Run, Priestess, Dobacaracol, Misteur Valaire, Les Trois Accords) and abroad (Phantogram, The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill) since 1997. He is also a founding partner at Iguana-Management, doing artistic and career development for young Canadian acts such as Caracol, Half Moon Run, and Phantogram in Canada; and as founding member of legendary alt-rock band GrimSkunk has been developing new acts and networking internationally for over 20 years.

Meghan Symsyk, SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment Group
Meg’s first foray into the music business began while attending Western University where she worked with the live bookings on campus via Entertainment Productions.  That experience led to her decade long stint at Universal Music where she handled radio promotion, and then into the role of Director of National Marketing. Her passion, creativity and drive made her an integral part of multiple successful  campaigns with acts such as Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Nelly Furtado, Gwen Stefani, Rufus Wainwright and Rush.  Meg took her marketing talents and moved over to the artist management and indie label side, joining SRO Management & Anthem Entertainment Group in 2008. For the last 5 years she has handled the global marketing and media for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rush, and Ian Thornley’s guitar-laden Big Wreck. Meg also signed and handles all aspects for punk-rock icon Brody Dalle and new wave artist Kennedy Cult.

About the workshop
A manager is at the heart of every successful artist’s team. They help the artist think strategically, open doors, and create new opportunities for development. A panel of accomplished and innovative artist managers will discuss the state of the Canadian music industry and how managers are helping their artists navigate new opportunities and current uncertainties. The workshop will address the different types of artist manager relationships, how managers work with their artists on creative and career development, and how artists can incorporate these techniques into everything they do.

Presented with Music Managers Forum Canada 


Roland Deschambault, Training Coordinator
Manitoba Music
P: 204.975.5188

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