Staff

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

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.

Emy Stantcheva

Emy Stantcheva
Position: Manager

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. 
Sam Rayner

Sam Rayner
Position: Membership Services Coordinator

Sam Rayner joined CIMA / MusicOntario in November 2016 as the Membership Services Coordinator. Raised in the East Coast, he has been in the music scene for over six years as an artist and industry professional. He moved to Toronto in 2014 in pursuit of more experience and later began working for True North Records, specializing in Digital Assets and A&R. Sam is excited to immerse himself in the work of both Canadian music associations.

Sarah Ferries

Sarah Ferries
Position: Program & Marketing Coordinator

Sarah moved to Canada from Scotland in 2015 with a degree in Commercial Music from the University of the West of Scotland and experience in administration, project coordination, event planning, and marketing within the arts and entertainment industry. Sarah joined the team in May 2017 as Administrative Coordinator, and has since grown into the new position of Program & Marketing Coordinator, where she oversees the marketing strategies, professional development programming, and Awards Gala for CIMA & Music Ontario. Sarah is a passionate music fan, and is proud to support the companies and artists we represent.