The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is pleased to announce that Brian Hetherman has been appointed Interim Manager of MusicOntario, effective December 7, 2015.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we are very excited to welcome Brian to the team. The breadth of his experience in and knowledge of our industry on both national and provincial levels will be an incredible asset to the organization,” says CIMA’s President, Stuart Johnston. “MusicOntario activities are in full swing, and with Brian’s vision, guidance and expertise, we look forward to delivering vital programming to best serve our artists and industry across Ontario in 2016.”
Brian brings with him over 25 years of experience in the music industry, with labels, funding organizations, professional associations, and with his own label, management and publishing companies, Curve Music and Cerberus Management, established in 2003.
“Music Ontario was created to give a presence and voice to Ontario-based artists and labels, and in my own small way through my various endeavours, I like to think I have tried to do the same thing,” say Brian. “It’s incredibly exciting to now be working with MusicOntario and to directly help strengthen the careers of Ontario’s emerging artists and music professionals, and our local industry in a much larger capacity.”
An industry veteran, Brian has extensive experience across all levels of the major and independent record label worlds, leading him to become the youngest head of A&R for both MCA Records and MCA Music Publishing (now Universal Music Group), a role he held until 2001. Brian’s leadership experience includes executive roles at organizations like FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings), Radio Starmaker, International Music Managers Forum, Music Managers Forum Canada, Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), and the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC), in addition to founding and heading Curve Music and Cerberus Artist Management.
Launched in 2012, MusicOntario is a non-profit, membership-based provincial Music Industry Association and division of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), whose mission is to provide grassroots professional development, industry education, information, support and networking and showcasing opportunities to developing artists and emerging industry professionals in Ontario.
Celebrating its 40th year in 2015, CIMA is the not-for-profit national trade association representing the English-language, Canadian-owned sector of the music industry, and is the first organization of its kind in the world. CIMA represents a diverse membership consisting of Canadian-owned companies and their ambassadors, all of whom are involved in every aspect of the music, sound recording and music-related industries. They are exclusively small businesses which include: record producers, record labels, recording studios, managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artists and others professionally involved in the sound recording industry. CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that serve to support a strong and economically stable Canadian independent music and sound recording industry, ensuring the long-term development of the sector and to raise the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and around the world.