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Aengus Finnan

KC Folk Fest, FAI
Aengus serves as the first non-US Executive Director of Folk Alliance International based in Kansas City. He was the Ontario Arts Council’s Touring Officer, the founding Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Board President for Folk Music Ontario, and spent 10 years as a touring singer-songwriter. Festival Industry / Kansas City, MO USA

Bavo Vanden Broeck

Danrouter Festival
Dranouter Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Belgium. It offers a line-up of 90 bands during 3 days with a focus on traditional music but mixed with contemporary pop & rock and reaches around 50.000 visitors each year.
Festival Industry / Dranouter BE

Ben Mandelson

Ben Mandelson (UK) is a leading freelance world music record producer, active musician and a co-launcher of the current ‘world music’ genre. Founding Director of WOMEX  the world’s biggest professional music conference, trade fair and showcase for World, Roots, Folk and Traditional music. An annual October-end Europe-based event. Showcase event / London UK

Brad Hunt

WNS Group
I am celebrating 50 years in the music business which has included radio, music retail, major label experience and for the last 27 years, my own company which includes management, radio promotion to aaa, Americana, blues and folk radio and publishing. I can see Canada from my bedroom.
Manager / Lyndonville, NY USA

Doug Cox

Island Festival
Doug Cox is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and music programmer. He is the producer of Vancouver Island MusicFest, which is closing in on its 23rd year and has long been one of Canada’s most respected music events. Doug is the Music Camp Director for the Folk Alliance International’s Annual Music Camp.
Festival Industry / Comox, BC Canada

Garry West

Co-founded in 1995 by musicians Alison Brown and Garry West, Compass is a new breed of roots-music label: eclectic, sophisticated, and artist-friendly. Called “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade” by Billboard Magazine, Compass Records has provided a thriving haven of creativity for artists and a reliable beacon of quality for music fans.
Label / Nashville, TN USA

Ghislaine Cormier

Ghislaine Cormier, is a Prince Edward Island-based cultural industry professional that has been the Executive Director of the Fédération culturelle de l’ÎPÉ since 2009 and has represented the Francophone community for over 15 years on several boards. She has extensive experience in coordinating and developing programming, special projects and events.
Industry / Charlottetown PEI Canada

Greg Torrington

Stingray Music
Greg is a music programmer for Stingray Music, available via digital cable and on-line throughout North America. Greg curates Stingray’s roots and country channels. He’s been on the Canadian Country Music Association board and currently also sits on the Folk Alliance International and Folk Music Canada boards.
Radio / Montreal, QC Canada

James Leslie

Skyline Artists
For over 30 years, Skyline Artists Agency has worked tirelessly to serve, develop and sustain the live performance careers for our roster of both legendary and contemporary artists. Skyline plants a tree for every show contracted. We have planted more than 17,000 trees.
Agent / Portland, ME USA

Jan Hall

Folk Roots Radio
Jan Hall is a very successful radio/video broadcaster and much sought after stage host/festival emcee. Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and interviews with upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan also hosts the Sun Parlour Coffee House Sessions.
Host/Producer Radio / Leamington, ON Canada

José Bertrand

JKB Communications
José is a booking agent with more than 10 artist on his roster, publisher as well as specialists in event management, coordination & logistics for large scale and special events, concerts & festivals such as Franco-Fête of Toronto.
Agent / Brampton, ON Canada

Julie Fowler

ArtsWells Festival
Julie Fowler is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Island Mountain Arts in Wells, BC. She has helped to create two award-winning festivals: the Art Matters Festival at Concordia University in Montreal and the ArtsWells Festival in Wells. Julie sits on the board of ArtsBC and Folk Music Canada.
Festival Industry /Wells, BC Canada

Justin Nordell

Philadelphia Folksong Society
Justin began at the Philadelphia Folksong Society a decade ago before leaving for a recording studio in Texas. Upon his Philly return, Justin worked with a number of cultural institutions before becoming PFS’ ED in 2015. It didn’t feel as if he’d taken a job, rather that he’d come home.
Festival Industry / Philadelphia, PA USA

Kate Wattie

Tonic Records
As an artist manager and general manager of Vancouver record labels Tonic and Boompa, Kate Wattie works with a number of West Coast artists on a global level. Kate’s first taste of the music business was at Virgin Records in the UK and led to management of Not Just Another Music Shop (vintage guitar store) in Vancouver. From there Kate moved into artist management and has never looked back.
Manager / Vancouver, BC Canada

Lynn Lancaster

Proper Music
I started my music career at Sugar Hill Records in inventory control and accounting, moving up to International Sales and Marketing and Director of Label Operations before the Durham office closed. Since then, I’ve been a label manager at Proper Music Distribution, working with North American artists and labels.    Label / UK

Neil Pearson

Sounds Just Fine
Neil is a freelance programmer, producer, project manager and artist-development specialist in the singer/songwriter, folk and the wider roots genres.
Over 17 years experience in the industry working with artists and partners from across the UK and abroad on a range of development programmes, commissions and touring collaborations.
Agent, booker / Shrewsbury, UK

Patrice Agbokou

Pasa Musik
Pasa Musik Productions is an artist booking and management agency based in the Montreal region. Fostering creativity and diversity, we serve as a springboard for artists involved in innovative music and related arts. With one foot in the indie scene and the other in the flourishing world music scene, the agency approaches the music industry from a fresh angle while cultivating the art of innovation.
Manager / Montreal, QC Canada

Peter North

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
Entering 5th season as AD of Roots and Blues in a 45 year career that has included 23 years as print journalist, AD for Winter Roots at FolkwaysAlive!/U of A, producer of The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson, 17 years at CKUA Radio Network/producer/MD/host.
Festival Industry / Salmon Arm, BC Canada

Phil Simpson

Strada Music
Phil Simpson is one of the founding partners & senior bookers at Strada Music; representing over 80 artists from all over the world with a strong focus on Folk, Roots, Acoustic, Americana & World music; working with a huge passion for our artists & a solid career-building ethos.
Agent / ND, UK

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is Artistic Director for MerleFest. Johnson previously was CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment, an artist management and publicity firm with offices in Nashville and Jonesborough, Tennessee. He also produced the award winning Historic Jonesborough (TN) Bluegrass Series. He is a 2013 graduate of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program.
Festival industry / Wilkesboro, NC USA

Tom Sweeney

Root Beat Records
A founding director of Root Beat Records, which is home to established and emerging English folk acts including Leveret, Rheingans Sisters, Jack Harris. Also managing two artists, and a gigging bassist. Closer to trad than nu-folk, but open to suggestions, and to becoming part of export-ready artists’ UK teams.
Label / London, UK

Leonardo Calcagno

Baron Mag
Baron mag is an online magazine that focuses on culture, design and entrepreneurship. Through our covers of events, portraits of entrepreneurs and interviews, we rake wide to better testify to the liveliness of Quebec and elsewhere. Originally Baron, serial entrepreneurs Nelson Roberge and Leonardo Calcagno, also behind the Bang Bang publications, Rien à Declarer (RAD), Motel and Perle, have been running the magazine since December 2009. They are accompanied by the editor Chief Maryse Boyce and a small team of passionate freelancers. 
Media / Montreal QC

Thom Ashworth

The Nest Collective
Thom Ashworth by day: programmes shows, organizes the office (and the money), and designs the artwork. By night: solo folksinger and bassist. Lover of British traditional song & dance, pizza, and black-metal. For 10 years the NC has been London’s way to experiencing folk, world & new music, creating a community that seeks unique sonorous experiences in unusual spaces. The Nest Collective seeks the unusual, the overlooked and often the very best in New Folk, Old Folk and No Folk.
Agent, Booker / London, UK

Kaleena Johnson

Since 2013, OSTC has partnered with the Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) to attract talented musicians from a wide variety of genres to the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry to perform onboard and create a memorable experience. With the guidance of GBFS, OSTC has been able to attract award winning Canadian musicians, including Digging Roots, The Fretless, Tireux D’Roches and Trent Seven. The collaboration between OSTC & GBFS continues to highlight the authentic synergy between ships and music. 
Venue / Owen Sound, ON

Andrew Karis

Andrew Karis works with ACTRA RACS to ensure that artists are fairly compensated for their work. For the past 6 years, he has worked directly with recording artists (musicians, vocalists and backing performers) to help them understand what royalties are available and how they can collect their share.