2022 Board of Directors CandidatesMay 05 2022

Vivan Barclay – Warner/Chappell Music Canada

Vivian Barclay is General Manager of Warner/Chappell Music Canada. She is a classically trained musician with a degree in Radio & Television. From Radio to management/event production companies to working her way up through the ranks in music publishing, Vivian has spent over 25 years in the music business.

At Warner/Chappell, she works with a diverse roster of songwriters, including Jully Black, Patoranking, Brad Rempel (High Valley), Maurice Moore, Machel Montano, Classified, Begonia and is also responsible for the administration of the over 200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes Lizzo, Quincy Jones, Summer Walker, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Gamble & Huff, Radiohead, Stephen Sondheim, Chris Stapleton, Green Day, Michael Bublé, Murda Beatz and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Vivian sits on the Boards of: Music Publishers Canada, SOCAN, the Toronto Music Advisory Committee, ADVANCE -Canada’s Black Music Collective, as well as Phemphat Entertainment Group, producers of the all-female Honey Jam Showcase, a non-profit organization which provides mentoring opportunities for artists. Vivian is also active in community development projects Habitat for Humanity.

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. 

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 Music Publishers Canada and Vice-Chair on the FACTOR Board.

Jodie Ferneyhough – CCS Rights Management

In 2011, Jodie founded CCS Rights Management with a vision of a dynamic global independent company that puts artists and songwriters first, providing individualized attention and a full range of services to maximize income, elevate careers, and protect the value of their works.  Under his leadership, CCS has experienced continuous growth and significantly expanded its global reach and scope of services provided to a growing roster of award-winning and up-and-coming songwriters, artists, musicians, producers, and labels, as well as major corporate brands and other rightsholders. The company manages more than 150,000 copyrights and specializes in publishing administration, royalty collections, creative services, neighbouring rights administration, and music licensing for film, TV advertising, games and other media. CCS is also the exclusive, worldwide music publishing and neighbouring rights administration company for leading global children’s entertainment company Spin Master Ltd., including PAW Patrol, a top preschool series airing in 160 countries.

James Freeman – Kilometre Music Group

James Freeman is the Chief Financial Officer of Kilometre Music Group, where he plays in a lead role in the company’s activities of investing in iconic publishing catalogs and developing the next generation of globally successful Canadian songwriters. He is an accomplished financial professional with 12 years’ worth of music publishing experience as both Director, Corporate Finance & Development at SOCAN, and Director of Acquisitions at music publisher ole (now Anthem Entertainment Group).   Through these experiences he has been closely involved in more than +$300M USD worth of music related transactions. Prior to the music industry, James worked in the investment management / private equity sector.  James holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Gary Furniss – Sony Music Publishing Canada

Gary Furniss, President of Sony Music Publishing Canada, has been responsible – along with the Sony Music Publishing Canada team – for the development and growth of the company since 1993, and has been instrumental in bringing Sony Music Publishing’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 Music Publishing 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 Music Publishing’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 Canadian-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 (e.g. music catalogues such as super-producer Timbaland, iconic rock band Rush, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, amongst many others), 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 the current Treasurer of Music Publisher’s Canada and former Director of Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and ole.

Mark Jowett – Nettwerk Music Group

Mark Jowett co-founded the Nettwerk Music Group in 1984 and since that time has focused on running the publishing division of Nettwerk, working with many writers from Canada and around the world.  During this time Mark has remained in active outside of Nettwerk, having been on the MPC board for some years.  He has also been on the Factor Board, the A2IM indie board and is also on the Socan board.,He strongly believes in trying to bolster unity between the different facets of the music industry (whether publisher or label, writer or artist). With a united cause and alignment everyone should win.  

Beyond his role at Nettwerk Mark plays cello in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and has an alter ego music project called Plain Mister Smith. 

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 large-scale acquisitions and integrations of the Shapiro Bernstein catalog, Chrysalis Records label platform, and Tommy Boy Records, while additionally supporting the company’s emerging markets strategy via Reservoir’s Abu Dhabi outpost. 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:

Daniel Lafrance is an active music publisher since 1976. From early 2000, he is the General Manager of “Editorial Avenue”, a major francophone music publishing enterprise with its head office in Montreal and a branch in Paris.

He was Vice-President of SODRAC from 1990 to 2008, Vice-President of MUSICACTION from 1992 to 1996, secretary and treasurer of ADISQ from 1985 to 1996, treasurer of CINARS (Conference Internationale des Arts de la Scène) from 1989 to 1992, founder and President of APEM/PMPA (Professional Music Publishers’ Association) from 2003 to 2011 and board member of CMRRA from 2009 to 2019. Daniel Lafrance is now a board member of the following organizations: Music Publishers Canada, Socan and a member of “la Commission du disque, du spectacle et des varietes de la Sodec”.

He is an Honorary Member of ADISQ and has been repeatedly recognized as Publisher of the Year by this association in 1992, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. He also received the Christopher J. Reed Award in 2013 for his career achievements and two awards from Socan as publisher of the year in 2017 and 2020.

He also wrote two books on Publishing released in 2018 and 2020.

Tom Leighton – Anthem Entertainment

Tom Leighton is the Director, Digital at Anthem Entertainment. With over 10 years of industry experience in both publishing and recorded music, Tom has extensive knowledge of the global music business, royalty collections, and technology platforms. During his 8 years at Anthem Entertainment, he has worked closely across industry stakeholders to license DSPs and maximize royalty collections on behalf of songwriters and artists.

Jennifer Mitchell – Red Brick Songs

Jennifer is the President of Red Brick Songs Inc.

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 Inc., 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 from time to time, also sits the advisory committee for 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.

Diane Pinet – Bloc Notes Music Publishing

Diane Pinet is the founder and president of Bloc Notes Music Publishing since 1985. She is currently on the boards of MPC/EMC, SOCAN, SOCAN Foundation, National Music Center (NMC) and many committees. Bloc Notes Music Publishing has won several Félix (ADISQ) awards for Publisher of the Year. During her career, Diane received numerous SOCAN awards, pop songs, classic songs, and SOCAN #1 songs. In 2021, she received the Live Time Achievement Award, Publishing Company Legacy Award, from MPC and Diane Pinet – Bloc Notes Music Publishing was awarded SOCAN Publisher of the Year. Her experience in copyright and having previously worked as a turner and show producer gives her a solid knowledge and that’s what makes her a reference in the industry.

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, Death From Above 1979, 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 Wise Music catalogue, Big Deal Music, Beggars Music, Sugar Music, Modern Works, Mothership Music, Megatrax, and Four Jays (Harry Warren).  Neville is the chair of the CMRRA publisher’s committee, a board member of Music Publishers Canada, and is a past board member of SX Works, SOCAN and the SOCAN Foundation.  

Pierre Tremblay – Hyvetown Music

Pierre Tremblay’s experience in the music industry has taken him on a successful and diverse path.

Tremblay was Senior VP at Nettwerk 1997 – 2009. His division of Nettwerk once managed Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies and Sum 41, and many other top tier artists. In 2009, Pierre broke out on his own to form Hive Management shepherding the careers of artists such as Shawn Hook, One Bad Son, Billy Talent, Sweet Thing and Wildlife.

Partnering with financial music manager Janice Staub, he formed Hyvetown Music Publishing in 2012. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Hyvetown Music Inc. has a roster of chart-topping artists and writers from every genre of music, including iskwē, Ekali, Neon Dreams, Delaney Jane, Nathan Ferraro, Yash Gruzman, Three Days Grace, Wes Mack and Paul Rodgers. Hyvetown Music’s primary goal is to be an inclusive, artist-friendly company that promotes top-quality songwriting.