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ECMA Announces 2018 Export Buyers Program Delegates & One-On-One Meetings

[![Classifed & David Myles at the 2017 ECMA Awards [Photo: Manon Cormier]](/content/images/2018/02/ECMA-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2018/02/ECMA.jpg)Classifed & David Myles at the 2017 ECMA Awards [Photo: Manon Cormier]
Over 80 international delegates from the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom will descend upon Halifax, NS for the 30th anniversary celebration of the East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference, May 2-6, 2018.“It’s hard to believe that the ECMAs started 30 years ago. Fast forward to 2018 and the ECMA International Export Buyers Program has flourished to become a North American success story, renowned as a leading ‘business to business’ marketplace welcoming over 80 international and Canadian delegates,” says Shelley Nordstrom, Export Manager for the East Coast Music Association. “It has substantially increased the presence of Atlantic Canada and our artists on the global world stage and develops export business opportunities. The program continues to thrive and delivers millions of dollars in annual revenue for East Coast artists and companies and steadfastly builds long-term relationships with international and Canadian booking agents, presenters, festival representatives, promoters, film and music placement supervisors, and media.”

This year’s conference will shine a spotlight on the Music in Motion: Film, Television & New Media SYNC Summit and will offer a series of engaging forums to help prepare industry professionals and companies with the insight to expand career and business opportunities in the world of film, television, advertising, and music supervision. Some of these delegates include: Los Angeles-based music supervisor John Bissell, Mothlight Music (CA); music supervisor Sean Fernald, Square Deal Pictures (CA); Sync agent Laura Katz, Supe Troop (CA); film director, producer and music supervisor Jonathan McHugh, J2 Films (CA); music supervisor Kasey Truman, Chop Shop (CA); music publisher and composer manager Ruby Wasmuth, Manners McDade (UK); David Hayman, Supergroup Sonic Branding Co., Andrea Higgins, Aprix Media (ON); Philippe-Aubert Messier, Apollo Music Store (QC); and Michael Perlmutter, instinct entertainment (ON).

Some of the other international program delegates include: US booking agent Adam Baeur, Madison House (MI); co-founder and festival producer Charlie Cran, Strawberry Music Festival (CA); founder and programmer Micah Davidson, Midwood Entertainment (NC); Terri Dollar, Artsplosure/ First Night® Raleigh/ Arts Alive Raleigh (NC); Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment (OR); AnneMarie Martins, SRO Artists (MI); Karen Rappaport McHugh, Muddy Girl Productions (CA); Lisa Schwartz, Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA); Matt Smith, Club Passim (MA); Chuck Wentworth, Rhythm & Roots Festival (RI); and Charlie Jordan, Great North Woods Committee for the Arts/ Colebrook Chronicle (NH), with more to be announced.

The ECMA says it’s excited to welcome the largest European delegation in the program’s history. Some of these invited guests include UK Artistic Director and programmer, David Agnew, So It Is/ The Met/ Manchester Folk Festival; Bev Burton, Killer B Music/ Cambridge Folk Festival; Sarah Coxson, Alan Bearman Music/ Sidmouth FolkWeek; Claire Courtney, Earth Music Agency; Dick Dixon,Warwick Folk Festival/ Bromyard Festival; Elaine Grieve, Orkney Folk Festival; Rich Guy, Tin Angel Records/ Togethernest; Neil Pearson, Sounds Just Fine; Neal Ritson, The Industry Group; Rebecca Stewart, Cambridge Folk Festival; Lisa Whytock, Active Events/ Showcase Scotland; Maria Theessink, Tønder Festival (Denmark); Robin Havbring, Westside Music/ EXCITE Music (Sweden); Petra Eisenburger, Concert Connections; Marco Noni, popTrip entertainment (Germany); Christian Bordarier, Festival Les Transes Cévenoles / Les Agités du local de Belvezet; Lisardo Lombardia, Festival Interceltique de Lorient; Alain Navarro, Festival Pause Guitare; Amandine Servant, Les Cousins d’Amérique (France); Caroline Moore, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and Una McAlinden, National Celtic Festival/Folk Alliance Australia.

A few of the Canadian delegates include Sam Baijal, Hillside Festival; Trampas Brown, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre; Sarah Card, Bear Creek Folk Festival; Suze Casey, Calgary Folk Club; Kerry Clarke, Calgary Folk Festival; Arnaud Cordier, Fest. d’été de Québec; Chris Frayer, Winnipeg Folk Festival; Heather Gibson, National Arts Centre; Rian Malloch, Sound of Music Festival; Sue Panning, Canmore Folk Festival; Mickey B. Rishwain, M for Montreal; Liz Scott, Mariposa Folk Festival; Kelly Symes, Festival of Small Halls Ontario/ Ottawa Bluesfest/CityFolk; Judy Harquail, Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network; Skip Taylor & Kevin Korchinski, OSAC, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council; Sue Urquhart, CAPACOA, Laurie Gillis, Atlantic Presenters Association/ Contact East; Jeff Andrusyk, JMA Talent; Steve Butler, Paquin Artist Agency; Sarah Chipon, Atomic Music Group; Ryan Heerschap, I Book Shows; Nicole Rochefort, AIM Booking Agency; and Tom Kemp, The Feldman Agency to name a few. ECMA also welcomes many local presenters, festival programmers, and members of the Atlantic Presenters Association.

“Our Export Buyers Program is crucial to the advancement of our region’s incredible musicians on both national and international stages,” says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director. “As always, our Export Manager Shelley Nordstrom has developed a robust program by recruiting renowned talent buyers from around the world committed to doing business with a wide range of genres from the Atlantic Coast. We look forward to bringing these professionals to our incredible 30th Anniversary event and we are confident this year’s program will result in significant business opportunities for our artists.”

A complete list of the 2018 Export Buyers Program delegates and the industry conference schedule is available at www.ecma.com.

The 2018 ECMA Export Buyers Program highlights include a wide variety of Interactive Export Business Development sessions, pre-scheduled One-on-One Business Meetings, Networking Mixers and the hugely popular “Canadian Music. East Coast Style” Export Buyers Showcases, and ‘Two for the Show’ – Live Performance Pitch Sessions.

Our Music Means Business. The 2018 ECMA Industry Conference is the premier destination for all Atlantic Canadian artists and industry professionals. It is a place for artists and members to connect with international guest delegates and educators, offer mentorship and be mentored by peers and industry experts, and ultimately elevate their careers.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.