Meet the MusicWorks Panelists - Understanding A&R: Demo Listening Derby

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Clockwise from top left: Mike Denney, Dondrea Erauw, Jordan Howard

Meet Mike Denney from MDM RecordingsInstinct Entertainment's Dondrea Erauw, and Artist Manager Jordan Howard, who will be joining us Saturday, November 22 for Understanding A&R: Demo Listening Derby.

About Mike Denney 
Founded in 2008, canadian country music label, distributor and artist management company MDM Recordings was created by Mike Denney to aid independent artists to grow with diverse development in all aspects of their respective careers. With over 25 years experience in the music industry, Denney founded the organization through a personal drive to put the music back in the music business, offering represented talent the tools and resources required for successful professional advancement. MDM Recordings  is proudly distributed through Universal Music Canada.

About Dondrea Erauw
Dondrea is a graduate from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College. Not only was she interested in performing and songwriting, but she was set on finding a career in the music industry.She quickly found herself learning the ins and outs of music publishing at Casablanca Media Publishing (2011) and has now landed her dream job within music supervision at instinct entertainment (2012). Dondrea has had the opportunity to work on a number of television shows such as, Beauty and the Beast (Showcase/CW), Degrassi (MTV/TeenNick), Haven (Showcase/SYFY) and Cracked (CBC) and looks forward to the exciting projects to come.

About Jordan Howard 
Jordan is a 10 year music industry vet having worked as the sales director at Maple Music, executive director at MMF, artist rep at Indie Pool and managing bands such as Gentlemen Husbands and The Glorious Sons. Recently Jordan has partnered with manager and former Winnipeger, Ben Mckinley (The Trebel) and will be launching a new management company in 2015.

About the Workshop
This panel will offer insight into the inner workings of an A&R music meeting or listening session. Participants will listen to new music alongside the experts, learn what they listen for when hearing new demos, and be part of the discussion about what makes a strong first impression and why. This is a chance for artists to meet and discuss their work with fellow songwriters, while getting personal feedback from a distinguished panel from both a craft and business point of view.

Music of all genres and songwriters of all levels are welcome. It is not necessary to bring a song to attend and hear what the panelists have to say. A section of songs will be played for the entire group, followed by comments from the panel.

If you wish to have your music played for the panel, please ATTACH and send both an mp3 with a bit rate no higher than 128 kbps andlyrics in word format to

To register or for more info, please contact:

Roland Deschambault, Training Coordinator
Manitoba Music
P: 204.975.5188

MusicWorks is made possible by the generous support of the Province of Manitoba through Industry Services of Manitoba Jobs and the Economy; the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) through the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters; The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group; and The SOCAN Foundation.

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