Export Buyers and Presenters / Diffuseurs
Amercain Delegates / Délégué.es Américain.es
Maine Arts Commission
Kerstin Gilg is the director of the media arts program and the performing arts program at the Maine Arts Commission. Kerstin has has also overseen the public art program and agency technology integration and development. He is the Maine lead on the Maine-New Brunswick task force for cultural exchange. Kerstin has a Masters Degree in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked professionally as a designer in New York and Los Angeles. Kerstin has taught design at the university level and maintains an active creative practice on his farm in Gardiner Maine.
American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront
The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is a multi-stage, multi-ethnic celebration of traditional music and dance that annually attracts more than 120,000 festival-goers over the three day celebration.
As the Executive Director of the AFF, Heather coordinates the programming, production, marketing, and fundraising efforts to ensure that the artists, staff and audience enjoy a smoothly-running event. A lifelong resident of Maine, Heather has worked for 25 years in the media and entertainment fields. In addition to her work on the Festival, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau, and is on the Traditional Arts Committee of the Maine Arts Commission.
David is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI (“The World’s Largest Music Festival”), which books over 800 bands and attracts nearly 900,000 people each year. In addition to being a being a Talent Buyer, Silbaugh’s role with Summerfest includes Production Supervisor duties and producing the highly regarded Emerging Artists Series for the festival. Additionally, he is a Partner in entertainment consulting firm Pursuit Live, co-producer of the Yellow Phone Music Conference, an A&R Consultant, and an Entertainment Relations Consultant for Gibson. As a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the GRAMMY organization), David has served on a number of committees and held the offices of Secretary and Vice President for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of The Recording Academy. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for “The Les Paul Experience – The Wizard Of Waukesha”, a permanent exhibit in Les Paul’s hometown, the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, WI.
KahBang is New England’s largest discovery music festival. During the Festival’s 4 day run, 75+ bands play on the Bangor Waterfront and historic downtown venues. KahBang also features art galleries, Brew Fest, a film festival, a campsite showcasing an electronic dance tent and Sunday hosts community events. KahBang is where people come to find new music and their next favorite band. We are a lifestyle brand built on discovery; KahBang is where you discover the next big thing.
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Co/founder of the North Atlantic Blues Festival, in its 20th year, held annually in Rockland. Awarded 2002 “Best Festival” by The Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN and many other awards.
Owner of Benjamin Productions and North Atlantic Blues Records.
Currently producing Blues music shows through out Maine and nationwide.
Offering consulting services to festivals nationwide.
Managing national touring Blues artist Biscuit Miller and the Mix
Crossroads International Celtic Festival
East Dixfield, ME
Canadian presenters / Diffuseurs Canadien.nes
Paddlefest/The Red Herring Pub
St Andrews, NB
Paddlefest is a music and outdoor recreation festival held in St. Andrews, NB every May. The festival is a celebration of local culture, specifically music, art and recreational activities (kayaking, canoeing, etc.) popular in the region. The event is community driven and aims to shine a light on the unique beauty and charm of the town of St. Andrews, while showcasing local musicians, artists, craft-makers, athletes, activists and more!
Luke Macdonald is the festival director for Paddlefest NB as well as the booking agent and promoter for The Red Herring Pub in St. Andrews, NB. Luke is also a co-founder of the music and art collective foodclothingshelter music, which describes itself as ” an emerging artist safe haven; a diverse group of artists under one roof, feeding off each other’s ideas, sharing one common thread – the pure love of music and its possibilities”
to has worked with such artists as Owen Steel, The Belle Comedians, Babette Hayward and Motherhood.
AMG(Atkinz Music Group)
With 10 years of experience promoting in Fredericton and around the Maritimes, most of Zach Atkinson’s time is focused on programming and marketing for The Capital Complex. Named in the Top 10 during CBC’s Searchlight for ‘Venue of the Year 2009’, The Capital’s main goal is live music. Local, national and international.
Since his start as an all ages promoter and stepping into the roll of Booking Agent with The Capital Complex, Zach has moved into other NB markets programming music for Saint John venue Peppers Pub.
Working with local folk trio The Olympic Symphonium he is part of the team who curates and operates the newly formed Shivering Songs Festival. With an education background in Graphic Design and a small team, Zach also runs a music solutions company focusing on manufacturing, merchandising and web development.
Larlee Creek Hullabaloo
Founder, artistic director and chair for the Larlee Creek Hullabaloo held in Perth-Andover, NB the 3rd week of August.
River Valley Arts Alliance and Dooryard Arts Festival
Amy Anderson is one of the founding members of the River Valley Arts Alliance and Dooryard Arts Festival. She is also a musician and performs in her sister’s group “Tracy and the Hurtin’ Hearts. As a musician and community organizer, Amy sees the need to build industry networks and cultural infrastructure in New Brunswick. Amy was elected to Woodstock Town Council in May 2012 and is now the sitting Deputy Mayor, giving her the opportunity to advocate for the arts on the municipal level.
Lucas Hicks has been volunteering with SappyFest since he was 14 years old. His strong interest in East Coast independent pop music drew him to find ways to become more involved. From volunteering during the festival to putting on all ages show, Hicks has played an important role in establishing the current music scene in Sackville. Now working with the creative team at Sappy, Lucas is acquiring new skills to further his knowledge in the inner working of the music industry.
Jonas Colter has been involved with Evolve since its inception in the year 2000 and served as a volunteer from 2000-2008 where he played multiple roles which included:
postering, marketing, presenting juggling and yoga workshops, and catering to name a few.
In 2009 Jonas became owner and Executive Director.
In 2010 Evolve was voted Best Music festival In Canada by CBC Searchlight.
This coming summer(2014) will be Evolve’s 15 celebration!
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Sunbury Shores, Winter Warmer Festival
St Andrews, NB
Conference speakers and panelists / Conférencier.ères
David Hayman is our “honorary” east coaster and the creative director at Supersonic Creative who works directly in music supervision including shows such as Saving Hope and Rookie Blue.
Sound of Pop
Glenn McMullen runs ECMA nominated music publishing and sync representation company Sound of Pop working with several NB artists including The Playdates, Andy Brown, In Dreams/The Arka Teks and more, working to place music into the variety of opportunities that exist. Successes have included placements on shows on MTV, Disney/ABC and even SEGA video games.
Tim Hardy has worked with SOCAN in a variety of positions within their Licensing & Membership Departments in both their head office in Toronto and their Atlantic Canadian Office based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia since 1995. Tim’s current role with SOCAN as the Member & Industry Relations Executive – Atlantic Region has him based in Dartmouth, but on the road throughout Atlantic Canada. The Member Relations role allows Tim to work with songwriters, composers and music publishers, as well as industry associations and key influencers within the region, spreading the word about SOCAN and its role within the Canadian music industry. The Industry Relations role allows Tim to work directly with many industry associations in Atlantic Canada (Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, chambers of commerce, hospitality associations, restaurant associations, etc.) who’s membership is effected by SOCAN licensing. Tim also does numerous presentations and workshops throughout the region discussing SOCAN, copyright, performing rights and the SOCAN Foundation.
Association des professionnels de l’édistion musicale (APEM)
Coordonnatrice – Communications et représentations
Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs (SPACQ)
NB Provincial Music Industry Development Program (MID) / Programme du Développement de l’industrie musicale pour la province du NB
CBC Radio one
Music Nerd Chronicles
Arts & Culture editor, Telegraph-Journal
Saint John, NB
JL Artists / “Take Libery” CBC host
Saint John, NB
Phil O’Donnell, a Norton native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter. Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing with many country artists. O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include the #1 single, “Back When I Knew It All” recorded by Montgomery Gentry. He also has had songs cut by artists such as Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Rodney Atkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, and Randy Travis. In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also serves as producer. Among his many production credits is the six-week #1 country hit, “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (Craig Morgan), was one of the most played country song of 2005.
In Dreams / Composer / Producer
Saint John, NB
Artist Manager / Industry Professional