2020 Board of Directors CandidatesJun 19 2020

Vivan Barclay, Warner/Chappell Music Canada

Vivian is the General Manager of Warner/Chappell Music Canada. She is a classically-trained musician with a degree in Radio & Television from Ryerson University. Experienced in radio, artist management, publicity, and promotion, she has composed music for television commercials and won awards for her film sound production and digital audio editing talents.

At Warner/Chappell, she works with a diverse roster of songwriters, including Jully Black, Producer Lantz, Maurice Moore, Machel Montano, Barenaked ladies, Patoranking, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Classified and is also responsible for the administration of the 200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes George and Ira Gershwin, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Kacey Musgraves, Michael Bublé, Murda Beatz and PARTYNEXTDOOR. 

Vivian currently sits on the Boards of the Music Publishers Canada (MPC), SOCAN, Phemphat Entertainment, producers of the HONEY JAM showcase and the Toronto Music Advisory Committee.

Vivian is also active in community development projects Habitat for Humanity and Food for the poor.

Jennifer Beavis, BMG Rights Management Canada

Jennifer Beavis has over twenty-eight years’ experience in music publishing after graduating from Fanshawe College, Music Industry Arts in 1993. Her positions over the years included working with the multi-national publishers BMG, EMI and famed Vancouver-based independent record label and music management and publishing firm, Nettwerk Productions.

She was the Director of Copyright for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) for four and a half years, Director of Publishing and Licensing Administration for Nettwerk and held the position of Executive Director of the Songwriters Association of Canada.  Hand-picked by the executive team at Canada’s largest independent publishing company, ole; she held the position of Senior Director of Administration where she directed the day-to-day business affairs of catalogue acquisitions and publishing administration for over five years. Since 2010, she runs her own publishing administration business; Librascor Copyright Consulting where clients include: Arts and Crafts Productions, 604 Records, Tanjola, C2W Music Limited, and music supervision for ET Canada and E One Entertainment, and several on-going projects with Zoomer Media since 2017. In March 2013 she was hired to be BMG’s exclusive representative in Canada for synchronization, copyright administration, overseeing both financial and internal infrastructure for the territory.

Jennifer has served on the Boards of the Canadian Music Publishers Association; a founding board member of The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as serving on the Canadian Country Music Awards and Durham College Music Business Management Committee and has lectured extensively on copyright and publishing both at home and abroad.

Bob Bruderman – Kobalt Music Publishing

Bob serves as Executive Vice President, Global Digital Partnerships, at Kobalt Music Group.  He is responsible for commercial partnerships, strategy, and licensing efforts globally.  He also works through a number of operational areas within Kobalt’s Music Publishing and AWAL Recordings businesses, and works closely with a number of industry groups to ensure the intellectual property interests of songwriters and artists are protected.

Bob currently serves on CMRRA’s Canadian Publishers Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), The Music Business Association (Music Biz), and AMRA.  Prior to joining Kobalt, he held a wide range of positions during his 11 years at Sony Music Entertainment, including in Digital Distribution, Artist Royalties & Audits, Sync, and Mechanical Licensing.

He plays saxophone and guitar in his spare time and is an avid fan of live music.

Stephen Dallas – Universal Music Publishing

Stephen J. Dallas is Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs & Digital Business Development, for Universal Music Publishing Group. In this role, Stephen is responsible for creating and exploring new digital business opportunities on behalf of UMPG’s songwriters and rights holders, negotiating and drafting content license agreements with third party digital service providers, setting digital strategy and policy initiatives for the company, handling the negotiation and drafting of core publishing deals, working with music publishing rights organizations, and coordinating and assisting with digital and core publishing litigation matters. 

Stephen previously served as Vice President, Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., and prior to that, as Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, for EMI Music Publishing.  Before EMI, Stephen was an Associate in private practice at law firms Thelen, Reid & Priest, LLP, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Stephen earned his J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University.

Vince Degiorgio – Cymba Music Publishing

Vincent Degiorgio is the president and founder of CYMBA Music Publishing. Cymba is home to many artists including award winners Reeny Smith, Dennis Ellsworth, Barbra Lica, Talltale and alt pop hitmakers, Monowhales.

Under his guidance, Cymba’s songwriters are amongst the most recorded in the international pop marketplace, placing songs in over 15 countries for artists such as GOT7, J Pop superstars Lead and K-Pop legend, Taeyon and many, many more. 

An established hitmaker as a songwriter, he is a vocal, passionate advocate for creativity in the publishing workspace. Vincent has proudly served two terms as Chair of Music Publishers Canada and is a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame board of directors. 

Gord Dimitrieff – Aporia

I have been an entrepreneur in the independent music industry my entire professional career, and am a great believer in the global strength of independent rights owners. As a music publisher and label owner, I put my passion for music first and strive to build relationships formed on integrity, trust and shared ambition.

Amy Eligh – Arts & Crafts Music

Amy Eligh began her career in Publishing at Casablanca Media / Red Brick Songs in the Copyright and Royalties department, before moving into Creative – where she successfully stationed herself for over a decade before moving to Arts & Crafts Music.

Within her role as Director of Publishing & Licensing, Amy pitches large-scale catalogue of songs for film, trailers, advertising, video games, and TV (US & Canada) as well as oversees the day to day within the department.
In addition to pitching, Amy organizes showcases for clients / songwriters with TV networks, music supervisors, and advertisers. She also develops new writers, arranges co-writing sessions, coordinates and hosts song writing camps, and scouts for talent.

At Arts & Crafts Music, Amy works with Broken Social Scene, Old Man Saxon, Marcus Paquin, Dan Mangan, Ollie, Sarah MacDougall, The Northern Pikes and many more. Amy is also on the Board of Directors for FACTOR and Music Publishers Canada

Jodie Ferneyhough, CCS Rights Management

Jodie Ferneyhough founded CCS Rights Management with the concept of building a ‘writers first’ organization focusing on writers’ needs, writers’ growth, and writers’ protection. The company represents writers, artists and production companies spanning multiple genres and disciplines. Theses include artists and writers as diverse as Glenn Gould, Jess Moskaluke, Gavin Brown, Sultans of String, Colin James, and Terra Lightfoot and the production company Spin Master Ltd and its properties including PAW Patrol, Little Charmers and Rusty Rivots. CCS’s belief has been to remain musically agnostic by working with a wide array of artists, providing the best administration and bespoke creative services on their behalf, while building the strongest creative and administrative partner relationships throughout the world.

Gary Furniss – Sony/ATV Canada Music Publishing

Gary Furniss, President of Sony/ATV Publishing in Canada, has been responsible – along with the Sony/ATV team – for the development and growth of the company since 1993, and has been instrumental in bringing Sony/ATV’s domestic songwriters to international recognition. The roster is comprised of world class Canadian writers including LIGHTS, Peach Pit, Powfu, Billy Talent, Tep No, Fefe Dobson, USS, Murray McLauchlan, Tom Wilson, Elise LeGrow, MacKenzie Porter and producer/writers Tawgs Salter, Joel Stouffer, Dave Thomson, and more, many of whom are recipients of gold, platinum and other music industry awards. Sony/ATV Canada is also honoured to represent the catalogues of Oscar Peterson, Wax On Wax Off Publishing (bulow, Virginia to Vegas, Alyssa Reid) and Shaftesbury Films.  Globally, some of Sony/ATV’s iconic songwriters include Beyonce, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Lennon/McCartney, Queen, Bob Dylan, Kanye West and Ed Sheeran.  

Furniss currently serves on the SOCAN Board of Directors, Music Publishers Canada Board and was the past chairman of the CMRRA Board. Other past Director positions include director of CARAS, the CSHF.  Furniss also contributed to the development of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – a very special Canadian songwriters’ highlight presented on JUNO weekend each year. 

Chris Giansante – Just for You Music

Chris Giansante is the Founder & CEO of Hamilton-based independent and boutique music publishing company, Just For You Music

A music industry veteran, Chris is the former SVP of Canada’s largest independent music publishing company, Anthem Entertainment (formerly ole), where he oversaw the company’s global finance and operations which included a team of over 60 professionals.  While at Anthem, Chris was critically involved in over US$1-billion of successful transactions across a combination of corporate finance and M&A, led operational integration of multiple company acquisitions, and the successful development and implementation of its leading-edge proprietary technology platform, Conductor, of which he is a co-inventor for the patent pending system.

Chris holds an MBA from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Business Administration, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). Chris is a current Director of Music Publisher’s Canada and former Director of Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and ole.

Tim Hardy – Sound of Pop

Tim Hardy is the co-owner of Sound of Pop, an ECMA award-winning music publishing & master/sync representation company based in Nova Scotia, operates an independent rights management & music consulting company based in Halifax called Aspenway Music and previously worked with SOCAN for over 22 years in Toronto and Halifax.

Sound of Pop Publishing currently represents 3000+ songs in a one-stop capacity for sync representation and/or publishing.

Mark Jowett, Nettwerk Music Group

Mark Jowett co-founded the Nettwerk Music Group in 1984 and from this point helped oversee the Creative/Publishing and International components of the company. This led him to work with such artists as Sarah Mclachlan, Delerium, Great Lake Swimmers, and more recently with Banners, Mother Mother and many others. He has helped the company expand its global reach in the US, Europe, the UK, Australia and Asia.

He cares deeply about the value of songwriters within the music eco-system and how publishers can really help songwriters succeed. Beyond Nettwerk, Mark plays cello in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, is an indie musician himself and a published author.

Rell Lafargue – Reservoir

As Reservoir’s President and COO, Rell oversees all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations globally. At Reservoir’s inception, he built the company’s infrastructure, established its administration systems, and developed the international network that oversees all copyrights. Since then, Rell has spearheaded Reservoir’s expansion efforts, including the recent acquisitions and integrations of the Shapiro Bernstein catalog and Chrysalis Records label platform. In addition to Music Publishers Canada, Rell serves on the Boards of the Mechanical Licensing Collective and AIMP-NY Chapter working to promote and protect the interests of rights holders.

Daniel Lafrance – Editorial Avenue:

In the music publishing business for more than 38 years, Daniel Lafrance won 9 times the award of best publisher of the year at l’ADISQ Gala, the Christopher J. Reed award for his career achievement and Socan award for publisher of the year in 2018. Daniel Lafrance is founder of APEM and have been working on different boards for many years, such as Cmrra, Adisq, Apem, Musicaction, Cinars, Sodec, Sodrac. He is the general manager of Editorial Avenue since 2000.

Jennifer Mitchell – Casablanca Media Publishing/Red Brick Songs

Jennifer is the President of Casablanca Media Publishing and Red Brick Songs.

Jennifer co-founded Casablanca Media Publishing in 2001 with Edmund Glinert and helped build Casablanca into a leading independent Canadian music publisher representing such publishers and songwriters as 20th Century Fox, Carlin America, Imagem, Barton Music, Strictly Confidential, the estate of Roy Orbison, Steve Miller etc.

More recently Jennifer founded Red Brick Songs, representing such prestigious catalogues as ABKCO, Disney Music Group, Fairwood Music, Budde Music, Bucks Music Group, and the estate of John Lennon to name a few. Red Brick has also built an impressive roster of songwriters, including Charlotte Cardin, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Dan Davidson, The Fast Romantics, Cuff The Duke, and Jeen among others.

Jennifer is a Director on the Boards of SOCAN and Music Publishers Canada (where she also sits on the Executive Governance Committee), the Independent Music Publishers Forum, and also sits the advisory committee for Ontario Creates (formerly the Ontario Media Development Corporation). She is a former Board Director of CMRRA and currently a member of a number of professional and industry organizations including the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Aideen O’Brien – Entertainment One

With an Honours Diploma in Music Industry Management, Aideen O’Brien started out her Publishing Career at Golden Phoenix Music. She went on to operate Carlin Music Publishing Canada before being head hunted by BMG Publishing. While employed as the Director of BMG Music Publishing Aideen oversaw an increase in synchronization revenue by 15% in their final year of operation.  During her career she has also taught Publishing and Communications at the Toronto Film School, managed independent artists and recorded albums of Celtic songs, which sold over 20,000 copies across North America. 

During the three years of operating her own company, Mighty Craic Music offered consulting services in areas of Music Supervision; Publishing Administration; Copyright Law; Contract Negotiation and International Artist Development

Aideen is a former Director of The Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame (CSHF) and Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), The Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), Canadian Ireland Chamber of Commerce, The SOCAN Foundation and MusiCounts.

Aideen is currently the Director of Music Publishing at Entertainment One

Diane Pinet – Bloc Notes Music Publishing

Diane Pinet is founder and president of Bloc-Notes Music Publishing since 1985. She has a vast experience in publishing and an extensive knowledge of the music industry. Diane Pinet previously served on the boards of SOCAN, SOCAN Foundation, ADISQ, Musicaction, SODRAC, and is currently on the boards of MPC, CMRRA, NMC (Studio Bell).  Bloc-Notes Music has won several Felix Awards (equivalent of Juno Award) for Publisher of the Year, SOCAN awards and has received many gold and platinum records.

Diane Pinet est la fondatrice et présidente de Bloc-Notes Music Publishing depuis 1985. Elle a une vaste expérience en droit d’auteur et une connaissance étendue de l’industrie.  Diane Pinet a déjà siégé sur les conseils d’administration de la SOCAN, Fondation SOCAN, ADISQ, Musicaction, SODRAC, et fait actuellement partie des CA de EMC, CMRRA, CNM (Studio Bell). Bloc-Notes Music a gagné plusieurs fois le Félix d’Editeur de l’année (équivalent des Juno), différents prix SOCAN et plusieurs disques d’or et de platine.

Nicole Pratt, Anthem Entertainment

As Director, Administration at Anthem Entertainment, Nicole brings 20 years experience in the music industry. Responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the global administration team, Nicole oversees registrations, royalty collection and client relations for Anthem’s full roster of creators including, Timbaland, RUSH, and Cineflix to name a few.

Previously, Nicole spent 13 years in various roles at CMRRA; culminating in 7 years as Supervisor, Royalties.

Nicole is an alumni of Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts Program.

Neville Quinlan – Peermusic Canada

Neville Quinlan, Managing Director of Peermusic Canada, has worked in all fields of music publishing since 1999; holding positions in Copyright and Royalty Administration, Creative Management, and International Relations. Peermusic Canada represents many of Canada’s top artists and writers, including The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, Lido Pimienta, David Hamelin, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards, July Talk, The Dead South, Arnold Lanni, The Jerry Cans, Corey Hart, Brendan Canning, Royal Wood, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, The Girl on a Horse catalogue, and Hannah Georgas; as well as sub publishing many international stars and catalogues such as Tom Waits, the Music Sales catalogue, Big Deal Music, Beggars Music, Sugar Music, Modern Works, Mothership Music, Megatrax, and Four Jays (Harry Warren).  Peermusic Canada is the Canadian office of the global independent publishing company Peermusic.

Pierre Tremblay – Hyvetown Music

Pierre Tremblay is a veteran of the Canadian music industry, having worked with the likes of Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent and Martha Wainwright in the role of manager. Pierre spent 1997-2009 as Senior VP at Nettwerk during its period of rapid expansion into management. That division of Nettwerk once included Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, and Sum 41, and many other top tier artists.

Currently, Pierre is President/Founder of his own music management firm Hive Management and President/Co-Founder of rising boutique publishing company Hyvetown Music. Pierre has also volunteered his expertise over the years by joining the board at CARAS for 8 years and was co-chair of the Juno Talent TV committee.

Hive Management’s current roster holds a total of 6 artists, including some of Canada’s biggest talent in Pop and Rock , such as Shawn Hook, One Bad Son, Wildlife and Ethan Young of CTV’s The Launch.

Pierre’s joint-venture Hyvetown Music Publishing was founded in 2012 with business partner Janice Staub. Hyvetown represents a wide variety of North American artists and songwriters. Their current roster with 22+ signings and growing, including names such as Neon Dreams, iskwē, Nathan Ferraro, Yash Gruzman, Delaney Jane, Paul Rodgers, Corey LeRue, Ekali, and Three Days Grace. Hyvetown Music’s primary goal is to be an inclusive, artist-friendly company that promotes top-quality songwriting.For more information, visit:


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