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CMW Mentors Cafe – May 5 – 7, 2016Apr 22 2016

Dates & Times:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 12 to 5 PM

Friday, May 6, 2016 – 12 to 5 PM

Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 10 AM to 6 PM

Location: Sheraton Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto), Lower Concourse

It’s “Networking À la Carte!”

The Mentors Cafe is one of the key centrepieces of Canadian Music Week’s initiative that provides attendees an intimate “Cafe Style Environment” where music industry professionals, including CMPA representatives, will share their experiences and knowledge.

No appointment necessary. Just drop by to get advice from some of the finest people in the music industry.

Featured CMPA Board Members

Vincent DegiorgioCymba Music Publishing

Vincent Degiorgio

Vincent Degiorgio is the president of Cymba Music Publishing, a division of Chapter 2 Productions Inc. Formed originally as a production and publishing house, Cymba has become one of the most active, creative music publishing entities in Canada. With unprecedented global reach and a focus on the international market for recorded music and synch, it is home for Davor Vulama, Aileen de la Cruz, Ari Rhodes, Ian Smith, Olivia Wik and multiple award winner, Dennis Ellsworth.

Aside being president of the company, Vincent is also a multimillion selling song writer, who’s most recent work with Dutch pop star Caro Emerald recently eclipsed the two million album threshold. He has served on numerous boards including the SAC, and is currently a proud board member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

Vincent will be at the Mentors Cafe Thursday, May 7 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm.


Jodie FerneyhoughCCS Rights Management


After years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group and peermusic Canada, Jodie founded CCS Rights Management; a company built on the philosophy of hard work, dedication and an artist-first attitude. The new company is meant to be a place where writers, artists and performers not only receive outstanding administrative service but are provided creative service that suits their individual needs. Each deal is as unique as each artist, and CCS prides itself on providing a distinctly hands-on approach.

Over the years Jodie’s artists have received awards and accolades from the Juno Awards, SOCAN Awards, Country Music Awards, Much Music Video Awards, Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards. Jodie sits on the Board of Directors of CMRRA and is the President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). In 2013, he was elected to sit on the ICMP Board (International Confederation of Music Publishers). Jodie is the co-founder of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Jodie will be at the Mentors Cafe Friday, May 6 from 3:45pm until 4:45pm.


Mark JowettNettwerk Music Group

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Mark Jowett co-founded the Nettwerk Music Group in the mid-80s. His responsibilities within Nettwerk are to help oversee the A&R for the label and publishing companies as well as help oversee the company’s international label operations. In this context he has worked with a wide variety of artists from Sarah Mclachlan to Great Lake Swimmers, to Delerium to Angus and Julia Stone to Morgan Page and many others. He is presently involved in setting up Nettwerk’s new electronic imprint Nettrax.

Mark will be at the Mentors Cafe Friday, May 6 from 1:15pm until 2:15pm.


Jennifer MitchellCasablanca Media Publishing/Red Brick Songs


After several years working as an entertainment attorney, Jennifer co-founded Casablanca Media Publishing (“Casablanca”) in 2001 with Edmund Glinert and helped build Casablanca into a leading independent Canadian music publisher.  Casablanca has successfully represented such publishers as 20th Century Fox, Carlin America, Bug/BMG, Chrysalis/BMG, Arc Music, Imagem, Barton Music, the estate of Roy Orbison, AC/DC, and many songwriters such as Steve Miller, Jimmy Webb, Michelle Wright, and Melissa Etheridge among others. After Mr. Glinert’s passing in 2011, Jennifer became the President of Casablanca (a title which she continues to hold).

More recently Jennifer founded Red Brick Songs (“Red Brick”) for new business development and song writer signings.  Jennifer serves as the President of Red Brick and over the past 4 years, she has built Red Brick into another leading music publisher in Canada, representing such prestigious catalogues as Concord Music Group, Abkco,  Disney Music Group, Fairwood Music, Budde Music, Bucks Music Group, Round Hill Music, and the estate of John Lennon to name a few.  Red Brick has also built an impressive roster of songwriters, including the members of the bands ON AN ON, The Rural Alberta Advantage, JMR, Cuff The Duke, PS I Love You, Andy Shauf, Teen Daze, Psychic Twin, The Luyas, Silverstein, Nygel Asselin, Library Voices, Field Mouse, Hayden Bursk, Tupelo Honey, and The Careful Ones.

Jennifer is currently a member of a number of professional and industry organizations including the International Association of Entertainment lawyers, Canadian Independent Music Association, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for SOCAN, CMRRA and CMPA, and also sits the advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation.  Red Brick/Casablanca is also a member of the Independent Music Publishers’ Forum.

Jennifer will be at the Mentors Cafe Friday, May 6 from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.


Neville Quinlanpeermusic Canada


Neville Quinlan, Managing Director of Peermusic Canada, has worked in all fields of music publishing over the last 16 years; holding positions in Copyright and Royalty Administration, Creative Management, and International Relations. Neville has the pleasure of representing many of Canada’s top artists and writers, including The Tragically Hip, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards, Sebastien Grainger/DFA 1979, Honeymoon Suite, The Stampeders, and Klaatu; as well as sub publishing many international stars and catalogues such as Tom Waits, the Music Sales catalogue, Beggars Music, Megatrax, and Four Jays (Harry Warren).

Neville currently sits on the boards of the SOCAN Foundation, the CMRRA, and the CMPA.  Neville continues to travel around the world to attend music conferences and festivals, and has spoken on many panels as a music publisher, and (in a previous incarnation) as a booking agent.

Neville will be at the Mentors Cafe Friday, May 6 from 3:45pm until 4:45pm.


Tony TobiasPangaea Media & Music


Tony Tobias has been working in the cultural industries in Canada for over thirty-five years spanning music and media rights management, artist management, and the writing and producing of music videos, film, television and interactive media. Through his company Pangaea Media & Music, he consults to independent creators, media companies and cultural organizations providing creative business, social media, international marketing and transmedia strategies, rights clearances and licensing. Tony is an award winning documentary film and interactive media producer. He has been a regular speaker on the impact of new technology on cultural industries; cultural training; music publishing; copyright and cultural economics. Tony is considered a Canadian pioneer in new media production.

Tony was a culture and new media adviser to the Arts Games project and provided business affairs services during the Beijing Olympics. He has negotiated music deals for digital and mobile in China. He has been an adviser to federal and provincial governments on several cultural, music and new media initiatives and has appeared before the CRTC representing broadcast clients.

Tony has been an award winning music publisher for thirty-five years. For 22 years his publishing company – The Pangaea Music House – was the Canadian sub-publisher for the Harry Belafonte and Vic Mizzy catalogues and for 20 years he administered the Jeff Healey Band catalogue. Tony publishes the music of multi-award winning singer-songwriter Ken Tobias as well as music by east coast songwriter Jessica Rhaye; Juno Award winning artist, composer and producer Eddie Bullen; and Toronto songwriter David Bray along with music for numerous film and television shows.

Tony is Vice President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA); Vice Chair of the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA). Over his career Tony has served on the boards of numerous Canadian cultural organizations including SOCAN; Interactive Ontario (founding director); CARAS (Juno Awards); Canadian Independent Record Production Association (now CIMA); Cultural Human Resources Council; Ryerson University Media Arts; Humber College Jazz Program and many others. Tony resides in Toronto.

Tony will be at the Mentors Cafe Thursday, May 5 from 12pm until 1pm.