Lindsay MacPherson Takes Over for Alex Grigg as Executive Director of Music BC

After three at the helm, last week Alex Grigg announced he was stepping down from his role as executive director of Music BC to pursue a new opportunity as director of festivals and events at The MRG Group. Now, the organization has announced that Lindsay MacPherson has been hired as Grigg’s successor.

"When I started in May of 2016, our collective goal as an organization was to advance the interests of our members and the BC music industry at large," Grigg wrote to Music BC members and colleagues last week. "All of us at Music BC fundamentally believe that BC's musicians and music industry professionals are not only at the heart of our cultural economy, but they embody what it means to be a British Columbian. Even in the face of an ever-changing and sometimes challenging industry, our collective love of music continues to be the fabric that ties us all together. It has been an honour to have worked alongside my colleagues at Music BC, all of whom share a true passion for music."

MacPherson has spent the past two and a half years as the manager of programs and operations at Music BC and has over 10 years of experience within the local music industry working with Nettwerk Music Group, Newcap Radio, Boompa Records, and Secret Study, working live events such as Squamish Valley Music Festival, Red Truck Concert Series, and Shorefest, according to the organization.

Since joining Music BC, MacPherson has overseen the planning and execution of over 40 major projects on behalf of the organization. These include facilitating opportunities for 250 showcasing artists, providing 60 live music grants, and 352 touring and travel grants for BC artists and industry professionals, as well as 30 educational and professional development opportunities including the Phoenix program, workshops on fostering positive mental health and respectful workplaces. The organization says she has also been vital in fostering Music BC’s new partnerships with festivals across the Pacific Northwest including Treefort, Bumbershoot, Pickathon, Upstream Music Fest and Capitol Hill Block Party.

"As our Hiring Committee interviewed candidates in a search of Alex’s successor, we felt strongly not only about Lindsay’s obvious accomplishments within the organization, but equally as confident about her ability to continue to build on and promote the vision we have collectively been working towards," Scott Johnson, president of Music BC's Board of Directors. "We have had a succession plan with Lindsay since she first joined Music BC, and I’m thrilled to see that plan come to fruition. Lindsay’s experience across so many facets of our industry, combined with her relationships, vision and acute attention to detail make her the perfect leader for our organization going forward."

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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