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 Executive Director of MusicOntario, the provincial Music Industry Association (MIA) dedicated to supporting the music industry in Ontario through outreach programs and opportunity creation. Since joining MusicOntario in 2013, Emy oversees all aspects of its operations and programming, fulfilling the association’s mission to bridge gaps for emerging artists and entrepreneurs through professional development, access to resources, showcasing, and networking. Emy comes from a robust background of event and festival management, music grantwriting, publicity, marketing, media, freelance copywriting, and artist management.

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: Funding & Operations 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.