Manitoba Music Announces Board of Directors for 2018-19, Kevin Walters Legacy Award Recipient

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Musician & Music Entrepreneur Gilad Carroll Receives Kevin Walters Legacy Award

Manitoba Music announced its board of directors for 2018-19 and celebrated another busy and exciting year at its annual general meeting on June 27 at Winnipeg music venue, The Good Will Social Club.

Manitoba Music is the hub of Manitoba’s vibrant music community. A member-based, not-for-profit industry association, it represents over 800 members in all facets of the music industry, including artists and bands, agents and managers, venues and promoters, studios and producers, and more in every genre. Through its programs and services, Manitoba Music provides information, education, and industry development opportunities to nurture, develop, and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry.

"When I joined the board of Manitoba Music, I knew that the organization was active promoting and amplifying the success of Manitoba’s music industry," says Manitoba Music's president, Bob Somers. "This past year has only confirmed my belief in the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes, by our staff and volunteers, and our members, to make this province rich with creative activity. We thank our funders, sponsors, and partners for their continued support of our mandate and our work."

“The past year has been extremely full, with exciting events, new partnerships, and ongoing efforts to support and develop our thriving music sector in Manitoba. We remain in awe of the hard work and dedication of our members and are honoured to serve this amazing community. I want to thank our partners and funders for supporting and championing the efforts of Manitoba Music and our members. Thank you to our board of directors for their passion and expertise,” said Manitoba Music’s executive director, Sean McManus.

Manitoba Music would like to thank departing director, Morgan Hamill, for her years of commitment to Manitoba Music and its membership. She has left an indelible mark on the association and her insight and dedication will be missed.

Manitoba Music is pleased to welcome singer/songwriter and lawyer Desiree Dorion and University of Manitoba's Coordinator of Indigenous Achievement Ruth Shead to the Manitoba Music Board of Directors. Their fresh perspective and invaluable expertise will be assets to the work of the board and the association.

At the AGM, the board of directors also announced this year's recipient of the Kevin Walters Legacy Award, in honour of Kevin Walters, a long time Manitoba Music board member and music industry legend. The award recognizes an emerging professional in the music industry. This year, the honour went to Gilad Carroll. Carroll is a musician and composer, entrepreneur, promoter, and booking agent. He has been integral to fostering a scene for new music in Winnipeg supporting local artists and promoting shows for touring artists and has established himself as an emerging leader of the local music community. He is the co-founder of Real Love Winnipeg and Real Love Summer Fest, co-owner and booking agent for local and international bands with First Date touring, and co-owner of indie label Slow Shine Records. He is also the editor of Stylus Magazine and helps book The Handsome Daughter. Carroll is also a performer, songwriter, co-manager of Living Hour and Palm Trees, and recently composed the score for award-winning doc, Transformer. His passion for the music community and drive to collaborate exemplifies what this award is about.

Manitoba Music 2018-19 Board of Directors

Bob Somers, Scatliff + Miller + Murray (President)
Stu Anderson, Mighty Cypress Talent
Stephen Carroll, Manitoba Film & Music
Erick Casselman, The Park Theatre
Desiree Dorion
David “Bucky” Driedger, Royal Canoe
Cheryl Grewar, Frantic Films
Irina Ivanov Bissonnette, Winnipeg Folk Festival
Michael Jack, City of Winnipeg
Vanessa Kuzina, Interstellar Rodeo
Alex Sannie, The Lytics
Ruth Shead, University of Manitoba

Download Manitoba Music’s 2017-18 Annual Report

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