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Our Mandate

MusicNL exists to address key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business and the community at large.

To increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry with significant impact on the economy.

To create and encourage opportunities which will stimulate growth of the industry.

Our History

We are a collective working to increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry with significant impact on the economy.

We are dedicated to addressing key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business, and the community at large.

We are here to create and encourage opportunities that will stimulate growth of the industry.

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Our Staff

Glenda M. Tulk

Glenda M. Tulk

Executive Director

Glenda has 30 + years’ experience in the management, fund raising, planning, development and marketing of high profile events, venues and associations in the Province. Glenda has worked in many areas of NL and has true provincial understanding of the intricacies of operating in these regions. She feels that  the relationship between business and community groups should prove to be mutually beneficial. It has been proven that development of quality venues, memberships in pertinent associations and the quality presentation and operation of same are absolute economic generators for municipalities or regions. Such relationships offer many spin off opportunities for positive exposure.

 

 

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Rebekah Robbins

Rebekah Robbins

Program, Marketing and Communications Director

Rebekah has worked in the music industry for the past several years. Her trial by fire as the membership and registration coordinator with ECMA sparked her interest in the industry and she has been working with MusicNL ever since. Rebekah's long history of event coordination and arts administration made her the perfect fit for the role. Rebekah graduated from Memorial with and BA (hons) Psych and a Master of Public Health. She has worked in research, policy and communications roles. Feel free to get in touch with any questions about MusicNL's funding programs or communications. View full profile
Andrew Garland

Andrew Garland

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Our Board of Directors

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

Chair

Tom Cochrane is a director and digital storyteller based in Newfoundland and Labrador. A photographer and filmmaker, he was the founding creative director of Old Crow Magazine, a digital cultural magazine based in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. Tom is recognized across Canada as a digital storyteller, having received national awards for his community focused blog CornerBrooker.com. In 2015 he was named Media Person of the Year by MusicNL for helping to promote the music and stories of Newfoundland and Labrador musicians, and in 2017 received MusicNL's Music Video of the Year for directing the music video for Kellie Loder's "Boxes." Through Old Crow Magazine, Tom directed, shot, and published over 90 live music sessions featuring Newfoundland and Labrador musicians performing in Gros Morne National Park. These not only highlight the Gros Morne region, but also provide up-and-coming musicians with a high-quality music video. Further, in the past yeari Tom has directed and shot promotional and music videos with a large number of Newfoundland and Labrador musicians, including: Fortunate Ones, The Once, Matthew Byrne, Kellie Loder, Sherry Ryan, Streel, and more. View full profile
Melissa Tobin

Melissa Tobin

Vice Chair - Central

Melissa Tobin is a broadcast journalist and avid music fan from St. John's, NL. She fell in love with live music as a teen, going to shows in the local scene back since 1997 (her first show was Glueleg and I Mother Earth at the Thomas Student Centre). She co-organized the all-ages music festival, SlabFest, in Gander in June 2016 featuring MusicNL artists Kat McLevey, Briana Gosse, Everglow, London Above, Cabbages & Kings, and Hear/Say. Melissa has been a MusicNL board member since 2016, representing central Newfoundland. View full profile
Théa Morash

Théa Morash

Treasurer - East

Théa has been working in the arts in St. John's for her entire adult life (and then some). She mostly sings, acts, and writes, but has lately been making podcasts too. She also works as the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator for the City of St. John's. View full profile
Shelley Senior

Shelley Senior

Secretary - West

Shelley Anne Senior, QC is a barrister and solicitor, practising law with the NL Legal Aid Commission. She has considerable board experience, having sat on the Legal Aid Commission for 5 years and as secretary of the Public Accountant’s Licensing Board for 15 years while she was in private practice in Corner Brook. She was also a board member of Theatre NL, and hopes to take up that position again now that she has relocated from SJ back to her home town of CB. Presently, she’s secretary of the Board of MusicNL and MusicNL rep on the ECMA Board. As well, she’s an amateur musician, and is presently rehearsing with a new west coast band, who expect to make their debut in late spring 2019. View full profile
Madelyn Kelly

Madelyn Kelly

Director - Labrador

Madelyn Kelly is a resident of Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL. She is a graduate of MUN and holds a BA. major in Psychology and English Literature, and a BAED major in Education. Her proferssional career spans 30+ years in the province's educational system, teaching high school English and Literature. Her career also includes 6 years teaching at the College of the North Atlantic as an Instructor in the Aboriginal Cadet Program and the Women in Trades and Technology Program. Madelyn served on the Town Council of HVGB for two terms. During that time she had many and various opportunities to serve her Town and the Province on committees and boards. She has held board positions on the following: Town Council HVGB, Institute fo Environmental Monitoring and Research. Chamber of Commerce HVGB, Tourism Board HVGB, Economic Development Board, Legal Aid Commission, MMSB, Combined Councils of Labrador, Wellness Coalition of l\lL and the Labrador Winter Games. While on the Town Council of HVGB she served as Labrador's Rep on the Municipalities NL. Board of Directors. In that capacity she chaired the Community Cooperation Committee and served as the Labrador Rep on the Urban Municipalities Committee . Encounters with Canada, a student focused career organization, nominated her for the Queen's Jubilee Medal which she recieved for 25 years of service to the placement of Labrador youth in the program. As a Town councillor, she was awarded the Wayne Earle Award for community service. Madelyn remains committed to her community, province and country! View full profile
Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran

Director at Large

Amelia Curran is a Juno-Award winning singer-songwriter from St. John’s. Curran has self or co-produced eight albums and over a decade of international touring. Her work has been the recipient of 7 Music NL Awards, 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2 East Coast Music Awards, 1 Juno Award, 1 SOCAN Award, and twice on the Polaris Prize List. Curran is the founder of It’s Mental, a grassroots organization that focuses on community solutions for mental healthcare reform in Canada. She also directed the film “Gone” a documentary for CBC television, exploring art and suicide, which has formed the basis of recent speaking engagements in schools and music conferences across Canada. She currently sits as the Honorary Chair for the St. John’s Status of Women Council and Advocacy Advisor to North in Focus - a youth-run organization that leads mental health promotion workshops to decrease suicide in Northern Canadian communities. Curran has gone off-road and is, at this moment, writing something new. View full profile
David Smallwood

David Smallwood

Director - West

What do you do when you retire from a business you’ve owned for twenty odd years? You start a new career of course. My life has taken me from being President and Founder of Academy Canada to research for the Forestry Sector to CEO of the Rotary Arts Centre. Along the way I’ve been involved in raising money for our 1999 Canada Winter Games, to being Event Chair of the ECMA event hosted by the City of Corner Brook in 2009, along with a 40 year career on the Board of Directors of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and other community and government organizations.   In 2012, the late Tina Dolter and myself dreamed a dream of a new arts facility for our city. By 2015 we were able to open the Rotary Arts Centre and it is that facility and its programming that has brought me to this new position as a Board member of MusicNL. A challenge for sure but as with most things in our arts’ communities, a lot of fun. View full profile
Tony Batten

Tony Batten

Director - Central

Technician, Bass Player, all around music guy. View full profile
Peter Daniel Newman

Peter Daniel Newman

Director at Large

Peter Daniel Newman is a singer/songwriter who splits his time between St. John's, Newfoundland and Nashville,TN.  He feels equally comfortable writing and performing pop, country, rock and gospel. View full profile
Glenn Pardy

Glenn Pardy

Director - East

Harris Institute for the Arts (Diploma in Recording Arts Management) Lawrence College (Honors /Diploma in Graphic Design/Communications) 1992-1994 (Personnel Manager /A&R for Coalition Entertainment) Representing: 4 x Juno winners/10 x Much Music Video Award winners (Our Lady Peace) Juno winners (Frozen Ghost) Juno nominated (Wild T & The Spirit) Administrator for Facebook pages: NL Live Events NL Guitar Player NL Bass Player NL Drummer NL Recording Artist NL MusicArts Video NL Live Events has over 2,044,341 post views since April 11/2016. Active FACTOR Juror since 1994 ECMA Volunteer 2015 ECMA Juror 2016, 2017 MusicNL Juror 2016 MusicNL Volunteer of the year award 2016 MusicNL Director 2016 - present Volunteer for 2017 Victoria Park Renewal Fundraiser, Featuring: Mark Critch, Alan Doyle, Ennis Sisters, The Fortunate Ones, Tim Baker and High & Lonesome. Professional Musician for 36 yrs. Opening act for such artists as: Skid Row Kim Mitchell Loverboy Trooper Our Lady Peace Streetheart Ben E King The Stampeders Haywire Zappacosta Georgia Satellites Prism Powder Blues Band On Tour with Frozen Ghost/ Wild T & The Spirit/TechnicaI/Support act for: Jeff Healey Nazareth Trooper Glass Tiger Colin James Lee Arron Johnny Winter Our Lady Peace Amanda Marshall Rik Emmett Harem Scarem Slick Toxic Moe Burg and The Pursuit of Happiness Barney Bental & The Ledgendary Hearts Bon Jovi Buddy Guy Stage Tech/Paradise Rocks concert: Steppin Wolf Pat Benatar Lynyrd Skynyrd Heart Foreigner Peter Frampton Stage Tech: Honeymoon Suite The Tragically Hip Career Highlight: I once made a coffee for Ian Thomas at Arnyard Recording Studio. Lol. View full profile
Sheldon Kirby

Sheldon Kirby

Director - Central (Past Chair)

Retired Educator Entertainment Manager with Heritage Society of Norris Arm View full profile
Bob Davis

Bob Davis

Director - East

Drums, drums, drums and more drums. Throw in thousands of guitars, horns, sound gear, keyboards and a lifetime of having fun with musicians and instruments. View full profile

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