Staff

MusicOntario is a division of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and is based out of its offices in Toronto, ON.

Emy Stantcheva

Emy Stantcheva
Position: Executive Director

Emy Stantcheva is Manager of MusicOntario, a non-profit, provincial music industry association (MIA). MusicOntario’s mandate is to provide opportunities, resources and support for Ontario’s independent artists and emerging music industry professionals by developing and executing educational, business, networking and market access programs. Previously, Emy worked in music PR/marketing, artist management, and served as the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and MusicOntario’s Marketing & Events Coordinator. 
Stuart Johnston

Stuart Johnston
Position: President

Stuart Johnston is President of CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association and its subdivision MusicOntario), made up of 240 companies (which employ more than 2400 people and represent more than 6,000 artists) belonging to Canada’s music business. He is also a member of three agencies which process copyrights and licenses, and of the advisory council of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that support a strong, economically stable Canadian independent music and recording industry, ensuring the long-term development of the sector and raising the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and internationally.

Sam Rayner

Sam Rayner
Position: Membership Services Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario

Raised in the East Coast, Sam Rayner has been in the music scene for over eight years as an artist and industry professional. He moved to Toronto in pursuit of more experience and later began working for True North Records, concentrating in Digital Assets and A&R.  Sam joined the CIMA & MusicOntario team in 2016 as Membership Services Coordinator where he oversees day-to-day membership relations, Sam also serves as FACTOR’s  Regional Educational Coordinator  (REC).

Matt Badoe

Matt Badoe
Position: Administrative Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario

Matt joined CIMA and MusicOntario as Administrative Coordinator February 2018. A singer-songwriter and musician, Matt started his industry career in Coalition Music’s Marketing Department, eventually moving on to acquire further experience as a contract grant writer. Putting his education and experience as an artist and arts administrator to the test, Matt coordinates CIMA & MusicOntario’s funding approaches and facilitates day to day operations.

Elise Rustad

Elise Rustad
Position: Senior Policy Advisor, CIMA & MusicOntario

As a former political staffer, Elise joins CIMA with a strong background in policy development, communications, and great insight into government relations. After 5 years in the political world, she decided to take the dive into an industry that has always be close to her heart: the Canadian independent music industry. As a Policy Analyst, Elise studies the ins-and-outs of policies that are important to CIMA'’s members, advocating on their behalf with key policy makers while keeping them informed every step of the way.