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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.

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
Abigail Pye

Abigail Pye

Conference/Export Buyers Program Coordinator

After attending a Music Business program in Halifax, Abigail came home to St. John’s to pursue a career on the industry end of things. Having served her share of time on the front desk at MusicNL, she’s also worked in production and logistics in theatre and film. As the Export Buyers Program and Conference Coordinator, Abigail is excited to be a part of the exciting new things happening at your friendly neighborhood music industry association!

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Scott Walters

Scott Walters

Events, Showcases, and Stages Coordinator

Scott brings a varied and growing background of non-profit experience to his role. He has worked as the Senior Operations Manager for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB, as well as managing stages for multiple years at the Maritime Country Festival in Fredericton. Since moving to St. John’s, Scott has volunteered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival and worked with the Mount Pearl Frosty Festival as their Coordinator for the 2017 event. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge further and helping make the 25th anniversary of Music NL week the best one yet.

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Sherri Breen

Sherri Breen

Marketing, Communications, and Sponsorship Coordinator

Sherri has worked in the non profit sector for over 12 years in many roles including fund development/marketing, program coordinator, and youth residential counselor. She has a passion for singing, songwriting, dance, and community work, and is an avid music lover and proud MusicNL alumni. In 2014, she was a demo recording grant recipient and MusicNL Female Artist of the Year nominee. She holds Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, Women’s Studies, Criminology) from Memorial University of NL and an extensive background in music, writing, and communications. She is looking forward to contributing her unique perspective and is thrilled to be part of 2017 MusicNL team.

 

 

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Elaine Pond

Elaine Pond

Volunteer, Youth Engagement & Administration Coordinator

As an enthusiastic music lover and extensive vinyl collector, Elaine brings a love of all things music to MusicNL. After working for arts & entertainment publications The Scope and Overcast, Elaine is excited to bring her skills in sales, networking, and relationship building to the MusicNL team. She is thrilled to be coordinating youth events and managing volunteers at MusicNL. When not working, Elaine can be found following Ween on tour or buying too many records.

 

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Our Board of Directors

Sheldon Kirby

Sheldon Kirby

Acting Chair - Central

Retired Educator Currently MusicNL Board Chair Entertainment Manager with Heritage Society of Norris Arm View full profile
Gene Browne

Gene Browne

Treasurer - East

Shelley Senior

Shelley Senior

Secretary - East

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

Director - West

Tom Cochrane is a photographer and videographer, and creative director of Old Crow Magazine, a digital cultural magazine based in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. Focusing on the themes of the arts, culture, nature, and sustainability, Old Crow Magazine tells the story of “the good life” as it exists in Gros Morne National Park. Tom is recognized across Canada as a digital storyteller, having received national awards for his community focused blog CornerBrooker.com, and was named the 2015 Media Person of the Year by Music Newfoundland and Labrador for helping to promote the music and stories of Newfoundland and Labrador musicians. Tom’s work has been featured in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill and Quire Magazine, CBC.ca and CBC TV, The Telegram, and Saltscapes Magazine. He has worked with an extensive list of musicians, including Hawksley Workman, The Once, Joel Plaskett, Fortunate Ones, Sherman Downey, and more. 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
Melissa Tobin

Melissa Tobin

Director - 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
Paul Heppleston

Paul Heppleston

Director - West

There are two Paul Hepplestons. The first is a 42-year old guitar player who has shared the stage or studio with the Adam Baxter, the Domestics, Jerry Stamp, RocketRocketShip and more. This cat believes no pedal board is complete without at LEAST an assortment of delays and reverbs. The second is a married father of two - a high school English teacher, and part-time promoter, known as Mr. H. In June of 2010, this Paul Heppleston started a youth music project called, Mr. H Presents. Designed to give young people more opportunities to experience live music - either as performers or observers - this on-going project offers regular open mics, concerts, songwriting conferences, and more. Whether in or out of the classroom, Mr. H's students have seen a wide array of artists, from first-timers, to some of our province's finest (Ian Foster, Jody Richardson, Kat McLevey, Sherman Downey and more). Seven years into it, with no plans of stopping, Mr. H alumni have gone on to win provincial competitions (and enter national ones), decide to pursue music as a career, and, most importantly, have a good time while expressing themselves through music in a supportive environment. View full profile
Donna Roberts

Donna Roberts

Director - Labrador

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 1,928,531 post views since April 11/2016. Active FACTOR Juror since 1994 ECMA Volunteer 2015 ECMA Juror 2016 MusicNL Juror 2016 MusicNL Volunteer of the year award 2016 MusicNL Director 2016 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

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