Now a staff songwriter at Nashville’s RareSpark Media Group, Victoria has penned ASCAP, SOCAN, CCMA and Covenant-award-winning songs for over 50 artists.
Dale Speaking Ltd.
Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Amber made her way to Ontario and attended Durham College’s Music Business Management program. After graduating, she started an internship with Dale Speaking and was soon brought on full-time.
At Dale Speaking, Amber has been able to assist in breaking artists on Canadian radio including award-winning country artist Chad Brownlee. She also was able to help Dale Speaking attain their first #1 single with Bush’s The Sound of Winter in 2011. This was also Bush‘s first #1 single on the Canadian radio charts. In addition to these, Amber has worked with artists such as Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Rival Sons, Jimmy Rankin, Tokyo Police Club, The Trews, Paul Brandt, Danko Jones and more.
Holding a diploma in Management Studies from Grant MacEwan College and a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge, Carmen has worked on, and volunteered for some of North America’s largest events and music festivals including the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver for NBC and a yearly position as stage manager for the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, AB.
Throughout her vast career she has worked with some of the world’s most famous names and brands from Charlize Theron, Brian Mulroney, Scarlett Johansson, Gilad Sharon (son of Israel’s 11th Prime Minister Ariel Sharon), Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, The Black Eyed Peas’ drummer Keith Harris, and David Cronenberg; to overseeing public relations campaigns for such clients as Second Cup Canada, University Health Network, hmv Canada, MDM Recordings Inc./EMI Music Canada, Berkshire Media Distribution, HarperCollins Canada Ltd., the Blue Man Group MEGASTAR Tour, the list goes on… A graduate of both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, she is currently a Masters candidate, enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire Business School in the United Kingdom studying Strategic Communications. She is a member of many (Canadian and international) professional associations and is passionately involved with numerous charitable organizations including Dixon Hall and volunteering abroad in Romania with Habitat for Humanity.
A belief founded vis-à-vis lessons from the greatest songs of all time through the magic of lyrical storytelling (a devout Stevie Nicks fan herself!), Holly believes the golden ticket to campaign success is defined through the precise choice of each (written or spoken) word; a fervent practice evident in both her client service/executive training programs or through challenging the budding minds of her students.
Member (in good standing):
- International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
- Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS)
- Board of Directors of the Love Lana Foundation
- Chartered Institute of Public Relations (United Kingdom- based CIPR)
- Canadian Association for Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
- Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)
Before founding CCS Rights Management, Jodie was Managing Director for Universal Music Publishing Group where he was instrumental in the careers of Sam Roberts, K-OS, Mobile, Hedley, Stephan Moccio and Alex Cuba and established Canadian superstars Tom Cochrane, Jann Arden, Shania Twain, Daniel Lavoie and Avril Lavigne. His artists have been nominated for or were awarded accolades from the Juno Awards, East Coast Music Awards, SOCAN Awards, Country Music Awards, Much Music Video Awards, Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards.
Before joining UMPG Jodie was the General Manager for peermusic Canada.
Jodie is President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), where he is active in lobbying, copyright reform and media relations. He sits on the Board of Directors of SOCAN and the CMRRA. He was named Canadian Music Publisher of the Year three out of four years at the annual CCMA awards, as well as Publisher of the Year at the annual CMW Industry Awards. He is a founding patron to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is the co-founder of the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Durham Radio Inc.
HMV Digital Canada Ltd.
The Agency Group (Nashville)
In 2011, he was nominated as ‘Agent of the Year’ by The International Entertainment Buyers Association. Furthermore, has had several nominations and won Agency of the Year from the CCMA.
Fans can look forward to Jess’ first national tour, as she opens for Chad Brownlee during the 2015 When The Lights Go Down Canadian tour.
Jess primarily splits her time between her home-base in Saskatchewan and writing in Nashville.
Murphy Music Consulting
Passion driven, with a desire to know how, what, when, where and who have him a formidable insider force. He is in worldwide demand as a lecturer on songwriting and has “guested” at universities, colleges, and professional songwriter organizations around the globe. Murphy has served as President of The Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy; and has been a NARAS National Trustee and President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. As well as serving as Vice President for the International and Domestic Membership Group of the American Society of Composers Authors an Publishers, he also has served on the Southern Regional Writers Advisory Board of ASCAP, the Songwriters Guild of America regional advisory board, is a member of NSAI, NARAS, CMA, CCMA, SAC, SGA, and ASCAP. Ralph was inducted into the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI) Hall of Fame as a songwriter and recently received CMA’s prestigious Jo Walker –Meador International Award which recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country music’s marketing development in territories outside of North America. In September of 2012, Ralph was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ontario Arts Council
He is a former member of the advisory board for Jane’s Walk, as well as for the ArtReach Executive Committee and ArtReach Grant Review Team. Michael is a Certified Management Account and holds a bachelor of music in music technology from McGill University and an MBA and diploma in arts and media management from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Michael also plays trumpet and live electronics and is currently composing an original musical for use in social enterprise spaces.
Canadian Country Spotlight
Dale Speaking Ltd.
Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but now splitting his time between the Niagara South Shores and Toronto, Dale Peters began as a mohawk-coiffed punk in Calgary, an art student and electrician but found his true calling at a record store. From there, he shared his enthusiasm for music which led him down a long road with sales, marketing and promotions in the majors (RCA and BMG to be exact) before founding Dale Speaking in 2004.
Dale introduced Canadian icons past and present to radio (from Feist to The Sheepdogs), gave bands their first #1 (including UK rockers Bush and California act Rival Sons), but is happiest building an artist from the ground up. He travels the country at least twice a year to visit clients and radio family and is also embarking on a new venture with two companies in the publishing field.
Dale’s goal for the company is to educate the industry and to break new Canadian artists. He knows how to do this and want to share it with Canada and the world. Working with great artists and managers through solid marketing strategies, online and personal contact is his approach to building a career in the music industry.
Since Strut was founded in 2006, it has become one of Canada’s premier, boutique public relations and event firms. Boasting a diverse array of clients ranging from country, rock and pop acts, lifestyle brands, to actors and celebrity tastemakers including Perez Hilton.
A former board member of CARAS and guest speaker at Toronto’s Centennial College, Canadian Public Relations Society and for the Urban Music Association, she was recently invited to participate in the CCMA Discovery Program as a mentor and industry professional.
Maple Music Recordings