Board of Directors

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Steve Jones, Vice President Programming, Newcap Radio

Steve has spent 29 years in the music business. Presently he oversees programming on 80 Canadian radio stations in almost every format as VP/Programming for Newcap Radio, based in Halifax. Steve previously programmed WMKK/Boston, K-Rock/Edmonton, managed a radio network in the Caribbean, and helped create winning radio in markets of all sizes across Canada.

In addition to his role as Newcap Radio’s VP/Programming, Steve Jones is the author of Brand Like A Rock Star: Lessons From Rock ‘n’ Roll To Make Your Business Rich and Famous. The book helps businesses build powerful brands by putting the lessons of rock legends into practice. He also maintains a popular blog at

He is also an in-demand speaker on branding, advertising, marketing, social media, and the creative process. You can connect with Steve on Twitter as @rockstarbrands.

Carly Klassen, Executive Director, Alberta Music

Carly Klassen is the Executive Director of Alberta Music Industry Association, having sat in various roles with the organization, including Program Manager, for the last 7 years. Since graduating from the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan University, Carly has spent her professional like as a tireless advocate for musicians and artists in Alberta on the national and international stage.

Carly currently sits on the board of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, an organization made up of the music industry associations of western and northern provinces, whose primary event in the Breakout West Conference and Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2017, she sat on the host committee for Breakout West in Edmonton. In partnership with Breakout West, she has led several international export development missions, bringing artists to markets in Nashville, the UK and throughout Europe.

She currently sits on FACTOR’s National Advisory Board, Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCIMA) Board and on the Steering Committee for Alberta Music Cities Initiative in partnership with The National Music Centre.

Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector at Alberta Music, Carly was employed from 2005-2008 at Stony Plain Records, Spirit River Distribution.

Carly recently won Industry Person of the Year at the 2017 Alberta Country Music Awards.

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Emmanuel Patterson, Promoter / Director of Festivals, Live Nation

Emmanuel has been working in the music industry for 23 years and a fan of music as far back as his early childhood days of mastering the violin and piano.

He began his career at the University of Waterloo where he ran the Board of Entertainment (BENT), promoting rock shows for the student body.

In 1996 he was recruited by MCA Concerts and has been promoting shows on a national touring level as well as regionally throughout Canada.

Since joining MCA Concerts, Emmanuel has worked for Universal Concerts, Universal Concerts Canada, House of Blues Concerts Canada, Live Nation and presently Live Nation Entertainment…..all without ever having to change offices.

Some of his past and present clients include Oasis, Jay-Z, No Doubt, Slayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, Owl City, Great Big Sea, Slipknot, Jonas Brothers, The Tragically Hip, Lights, Alice in Chains, Janet Jackson, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Green Day and Nickelback.

Jess Knights, Manager of Education and Public Programming, National Music Centre

From a very young age, Jess formally trained and competed as a classical vocalist. This early introduction to music spurred a life-long passion for music and the arts. Upon completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary and the University of Wellington in New Zealand, Jess began working in arts and cultural administration and programming. During this time she was also writing, recording and performing original music. After working at several arts and cultural institutions in Western Canada, Jess found an employment opportunity that has allowed her to marry her artistry in education and programming.

Jess began working at the National Music Centre (NMC) in 2016 and has held several roles in the organization. Currently, she is Manager of Education and Public Programming. In this role, she has developed music driven programs for students, families and visitors of all ages.

“Won’t Wait” Jess’ debut EP under her own name will be released in September, making 2018 an exciting year for Jess Knights, both as a musician and an arts programmer.

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Gary Furniss, President, Sony/ATV Publishing

Gary Furniss, President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, has been responsible, along with the Sony/ATV team for development and growth of the company since 1993 and has been instrumental in bringing Sony/ATV’s domestic writers to international recognition.

Great Canadian songwriters represented by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada include: Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, K’NAAN, Three Days Grace, LIGHTS, Our Lady Peace, Fefe Dobson, USS, Anjulie, Tom Wilson and Producer/Writers Tawgs Salter, Brian West, Jon Levine, Rob Wells, Phil Deschambault and more; many of whom are recipients of gold, platinum and other music industry awards.

Furniss is currently the Chairman of the CMRRA board, a SOCAN Board of Director, a Director of the CMPA and past director positions include Director of CARAS, CSHF and Executive Editor of Music Publisher Canada. Furniss contributed to the development of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – a very special Canadian songwriters’ highlight presented on JUNO weekend.

Furniss is also very supportive of the music industry’s newly created Unison Benevolent Fund. A assistance and referral program for and by the music community that provides emergency financial assistance and crisis management, insurance and counseling

Together with the EMI Music Publishing, Leiber Stoller, Mijac, Motown and Famous Music catalogues, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than 2 million copyrights, including some of the best known songs ever written. Sony/ATV’s catalogue includes songs by legendary artists including The Beatles, Queen, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Randy Bachman, among others.

Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell, Emeli Sande, Usher, Drake, James Blake, Capital Cities, Fall Out Boy, Labrinth, Of Monsters And Men, Rob Thomas and Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Hozier

Bandana Singh, Artist

Bandana is a musician, currently recording a studio album titled “Beauty” which brings together punk/alt/rock with traditional North Indian Influences and is supported by an OAC Popular Music Grant. With 10 years of media industry experience managing teams and producing projects. She leads distributed and creative teams in both commercial and community spaces.

Currently she is a graduate student and holds a Presidents Scholarship at Parsons College of Design, studying Strategic Design and Management. She is prototyping new business models towards financially and creatively sustainable artist livelihoods. Bandana lives in Toronto, plays a Les Paul Studio and holds a B.A from Ryerson University’s School of Radio & Television Arts.

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Pat Leyland, Lawyer, Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP

Pat Leyland is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Actively involved in the Canadian music industry for over 15 years, Pat has been with the law firm since its inception in 2006. He generally practices in the areas of intellectual property and corporate/commercial law, with a particular focus on drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts in relation to the music industry.

Pat began his career in the music industry as a guitarist and co-writer in the Ontario-based modern rock band left Pencey, which ultimately signed a recording deal with U.S. major label Arista Records. After the band dissolved, Pat went on to graduate summa cum laude from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then entered the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he served as president of both the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and the Technology & Intellectual Property Group, in addition to being a volunteer coordinator for Artists’ Legal Advice Services, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal advice to artists living in Ontario. After completing his legal education, Pat articled with the firm and was called to the bar in 2008.

Jen McKerral, Music Outreach Officer, Music and Film in Motion

Jen may be best known for her work at Music and Film in Motion (MFM), which serves as Northern Ontario’s official music industry association. There, she leads all music outreach and programming with a goal to strengthen the region’s industry through education, promotion and advocacy. Since starting at MFM in 2008, Jen has also spent time in a touring band, started an artist management company, co-founded Sudbury’s Up Here festival, and most recently helped launch Deadpan Studios, a full-service recording, mixing and mastering studio.

Having served on various committees and boards (Ontario Live Music Working Group and Skills Development Task Team [co-lead], River & Sky Arts in the Woods, We Live Up Here Urban Arts, Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations), Jen is also familiar with standard not-for-profit governance practices.