Manitoba Music is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Anthony Augustine. Augustine will take on the new role of industry development manager after Sean McManus left the position to become the music industry association's executive director in January of this year.
"Anthony has tremendous expertise in both the local and international independent music scenes as well as in industry development work and the world of not-for-profits. It's rare to have someone with such a broad base of skills and connections in these sometimes disparate worlds and we know this will be a huge value to Manitoba’s music industry. We're excited to get him working with our team, helping to grow the careers of Manitoba artists and build capacity for our province's dynamic music sector," says McManus.
Augustine joins Manitoba Music after two years as the executive director of the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations (MFNPO), which focuses on workforce development, policy, and research in the not-for-profit sector. He also brings 14 years of experience with the not-for-profit world through the creation, development, and growth of Manitoba WorkinfoNET, a community-based, charitable organization focusing on employment, careers, and learning information. Taking on important roles as the content and website manager and executive director, Augustine helped move the organization through different levels of growth and expansion during his tenure. Augustine also shares his expertise as the volunteer treasurer of Y.E.S. Manitoba, a not-for-profit organization focusing on youth in our province.
No stranger to the music scene, Augustine has been writing about music since 1994 for publications like Exclaim!, XLR8R, Stylus, Spectator Tribute, and a number of local websites, as well as a weekly column on pop culture, technology, and music for the Winnipeg Free Press. He appeared weekly for over three years on 103.1 Virgin Radio's Ace Burpee Show and has done work for CBC Radio as a technology correspondent. Augustine has also produced and curated the award-winning music program, Phase One Radio, on CKUW 95.9 FM for the past 15 years, and has sat on CKUW's board of directors.
"As someone who believes deeply in Manitoba's thriving music culture, I'm thrilled to start my new role with the organization and look forward to continuing to build on the success of this province's talented artists and music industry," says Augustine.
Augustine will start his new job at Manitoba Music on March 2, 2015.