Jade Harper is leaving Manitoba Music for an exciting new position at MacDonald Youth Services.
Jade joined the team as Indigenous Music Export Coordinator in 2019, a new position developing key export activities with First Nation, Metis, and Inuit artist entrepreneurs and industry across Canada to strengthen connections, communities and generate opportunities for business capacity and market development.
In her two years with us, she created and launched Indigenous Music West, building connections across Canada and the globe. She built several projects that had a significant impact in the music community and supported Indigenous artists and music companies make crucial connections in Aotearoa, Australia, Germany, US, UK, Finland and across Canada. Her projects have included Indigenous North showcases in Germany and Australia, ASKIY Export Residency, and Home Fire LIVE. She was instrumental in the Indigenous Is Not a Genre: Indigenous Perspectives on the Music Industry discussion at January Music Meeting in 2020. She has participated in FACTOR’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, helped the Polaris Music Prize long list event planning as she did with many other organizations, and supported many other initiatives to create a safer and more equitable music industry.
Jade has been an integral member of our team. Her vision, passion, drive, creativity, and dedication to the communities she served have been a great inspiration. Her impact on the lives of those she’s worked with--including coworkers, participants, partners, funders, and beyond--is immeasurable. Her compassion, generousity, and willingness to share her knowledge has helped many. She challenged us in the best possible ways, and we are a better team and organization because of her time with us.
We will miss Jade and wish her the very best in all she does!