To address key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry and implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business and the community.

We increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry with significant impact on the economy. We create and encourage opportunities which stimulate growth of the industry.


Rhonda Tulk-Lane

Rhonda Tulk-Lane

Executive Director

Rhonda's job is to let the musicians master their instruments, while she conducts the business of growing the industry. She enjoys the challenge of wearing many different hats. Success oriented herself, Rhonda is equally concerned with helping her team and members achieve success in their lives by providing strategic direction, resources and sage guidance. STRATEGY: Rhonda brings the following assets to MusicNL: over 20 years leadership and experience in board governance and  a decade working with corporate Canada through the chamber of commerce movement. As a former lobbyist and advocate she will represent her member's voice to the three levels of government and stakeholders. COACHING: Rhonda has a passion for helping those around her succeed. She will coach her team and members to step up and move forward aligning with the new strategy that MusicNL will put into play in 2021. PERFORMANCE: To this end, her best advice is to stay positive and have an “I CAN ATTITUDE”. Past President of Positive Thinkers Club, St. John’s Chapter, Rhonda truly believes that hard work and a positive attitude will change your world and get you where you want to go! View full profile
Dave Shears

Dave Shears

Communications & Programs Manager

Dave has been involved in the music industry as an artist for the last ten years. As the co-founder of bands RocketRocketShip and Lookalike, he has performed in venues all across Canada as well as internationally. Dave has an honours diploma in Executive Office Administration from the College of the North Atlantic, as well as a plethora of experience in booking, budgeting, marketing, and networking within the music industry.   View full profile
Anthony Carew

Anthony Carew

Outreach & Events Coordinator

Through charities like Free the Children and Make a Wish Foundation, event production and promotion were my first ventures into the music industry. Before finishing high school, I spearheaded music-based initiatives that lead to funding the building of a school in Kenya and made a terminally ill child’s dream come true. Midway through an interdisciplinary degree in English and Business, music journalism presented itself as an opportunity. This provided a look into the industry and how all the various facets came together. Journalism developed relationships with media outlets, labels, PR companies, and artists. Plus, I was able to talk with artists I grew up listening to like: Anthrax, Megadeth, Misfits, Cradle of Filth, and Twisted Sister. Some of the most valuable lessons were given off-the-record. 2016 saw the launch of Still Heavy Productions, which has grown to assist with band management, production, promotion, mixing, mastering, and grant writing. Through this endeavour music licensing has become a regular topic. Thankfully, I'm now enrolled in the music licensing online course from Berklee. Photo Credit: Rick Tizzard View full profile
Mia Penney

Mia Penney

Digital Marketing & Virtual Platforms Coordinator

Mia Penney artist, and graphic designer by training, Mia has been involved with a variety of projects across Canada providing branding, social media input, web-design and graphics from real estate agencies to local craft producers and trades, with logo design being one of her specialties. View full profile

Board of Directors

Amy House

Amy House


Over the span of her career Amy has been a performer, comedienne, writer, producer, director and arts advocate. Amy is the president of ACTRA Newfoundland and sits on the Board of Business & Arts NL. Amy recently completed fourteen years as Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.  There she was at the heart of the development and production of over fifty original plays by Newfoundland playwrights. A comic with an irrepressible fondness for improvisation, Amy is a much sought-after performer for many special events and private functions. She is currently working in television production with Tyndrum Media Inc. as the Host of From Inside the Circle as well as Audience Relations and Communications Director. View full profile
Théa Morash

Théa Morash


Théa has been working in the arts in St. John's for her entire adult life (and then some). She mostly sings, acts, and writes, but has lately been making podcasts too. She also works as the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator for the City of St. John's. View full profile
Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson


A long time cultural manager and arts consultant, Ann worked on cultural funding and development initiatives with the federal government for a number of years, most latterly as Manager of Federal Tourism Partnerships. Projects included the development and implementation of a cultural strategy for the Gros Morne region and cultural trade initiatives for NL in Canada, the US and Europe. A former Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Resource Centre for the Arts, and the Artists’ Coalition of NL, she is a co-founder of Rising Tide Theatre and the founding curator of the Festival of New Dance. Ann has served on numerous regional and national boards and committees, including the Canada Council for the Arts, Trade Team Canada-Newfoundland, The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, the Juno’s-NL, and Contact East. View full profile
David Smallwood

David Smallwood


What do you do when you retire from a business you’ve owned for twenty odd years? You start a new career of course. My life has taken me from being President and Founder of Academy Canada to research for the Forestry Sector to CEO of the Rotary Arts Centre. Along the way I’ve been involved in raising money for our 1999 Canada Winter Games, to being Event Chair of the ECMA event hosted by the City of Corner Brook in 2009, along with a 40 year career on the Board of Directors of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and other community and government organizations.   In 2012, the late Tina Dolter and myself dreamed a dream of a new arts facility for our city. By 2015 we were able to open the Rotary Arts Centre and it is that facility and its programming that has brought me to this new position as a Board member of MusicNL. A challenge for sure but as with most things in our arts’ communities, a lot of fun. View full profile
Marlene Cahill

Marlene Cahill


Marlene is the Newfoundland branch representative for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists, otherwise known as ACTRA. She has over 35 years as an administrator for such cultural organizations as Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Wonderbolt Productions, Innu Education Authority, NAXX, CornerBoys Productions and White Rooster Theatre.  She co-produced Mary Walsh’s Canada 150 project - Canada, It’s Complicated - which toured across the country.   Marlene was awarded the Patron of the Arts in 2014 for her ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.   She is currently the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Resource Centre for the Arts which successfully conducted and achieved the renovation of the historic LSPU Hall and CAPE (the Artist Emergency Fund).   View full profile
Glen Tilley

Glen Tilley


With over four decades in the entertainment industry Glen Tilley has an impressive and award winning background in music, drama, comedy and documentary as Producer, Director, Writer, Musician, Recording Engineer and Host.

As the senior music producer for CBC Radio/Television he produced and recorded many of the top acts in Canadian contemporary music including Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Slean, hey Rosetta!, Great Big Sea, Amelia Curran, Ron Hynes, Matt Mayes, Duane Andrews, Rose  Cousins, Joel Plaskett, Jully Black, The Dardanelles and The Once; and International artists such as traditional Scottish and U.S. superstars, Alistair Fraser and Natalie Haus, Irish traditional singer Sean Keane, Irish fiddle virtuoso Liz Carroll and guitarist John Doyle, Uakti from Brazil, Master Drummers from Gambia and Cassiber from Germany.

He has also produced and arranged over seventy sound tracks for CBC Drama.

He has recorded and worked with practically everyone in our regional arts scene from legendary artists such as Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, Minnie White, CODCO, Figgy Duff, Ron Hynes and The Wonderful Grand Band through to Great Big Sea, hey Rosetta, The Once, Amelia Curran and everyone in between.

As the Executive Producer for CBC Arts and Entertainment he brokered the deal that brought the ECMA’s to CBC Television and then produced the first three televised East Coast Music Award Shows. A long time champion of songwriters he created many singer songwriter series and negotiated agreements that bought the Juno, ECMA and MusicNL Songwriter Circles to national audiences.

As a director his work has won awards at the prestigious Prix Italia Radio Drama Awards in Italy, the International Peabody Awards, the New York International Radio Awards, The Gabrials ,The Gracies and the Academy of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)

As an independent music producer he has recorded over 40 CDs and hundreds of sessions and soundtracks with artists such as Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Patrick Boyle, John Taylor, Mike Murley, David Braid, Barry Elmes, Jeff Johnston, Ed Bickert, and John Nugent. His work in Canadian Jazz has been recognized with 2 Juno nominations. He has won 2 East Coast Music Awards as producer for Roots/Traditional Recording of The Year. In 2003 he was awarded Music NL’s  Music Industry Professional of the Year and in 2004 he was honored by Factor and The East Coast Music Association with their Industry Builder Award. In 2017 he was received the prestigious Life Time Achievement Award from MusicNL and in 2018 he was inducted into the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame.


Recent CD Production:

Jim Vivian/John Abercrombie Quartet: Producer
After Forgetting: Patrick Boyle Quatret: Producer:
Songs From My Father’s House: Jacobs Cattle:  Producer
Returning: Jeff Johnston Trio”: Producer
Back To The Water: Kim Stockwood: Producer: (ECMA Roots/Traditional  Album of The Year )


Recent Live Sound Engineer Credits at the Rochester International Jazz Festival:

Bill Frisell, Bad Plus, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra , Jazzmeia Horn, Joey Alexander Trio, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Omar Hakim and Ozmosys, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Jerry Granelli Band, Sultans of String, Mike Murley Trio, Yellowjackets,  Catherine Russell, Candance Springs.


Professional History:

1981-1985: Producer/Director, CBC Radio Arts and Music
1985-2015: Executive Producer/Director, CBC Radio Arts and Music
2004 National Director CBC Radio Arts and Entertainment
1980-Present: Independent Music and Event Producer
2010-2015: Host/Producer, The Performance Hour, CBC Radio
2004-Present Co Owner Producer/ Director Ruby Line Productions
2010-Present Media workshop facilitator and on air talent coach

Selected Boards and Juries:

Board Member: Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall
Board Member: National Radio Producers Association
Board and Founding Member: MusicNL
Board and Charter Member of Local 820 AFM
Board member and former Chair of East Coast Music Association

Jury member: Factor (Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent on Recording)
Jury menber: CARAS (Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences)
Jury member: MusicNL
Jury member: ECMA (East Coast Music Awards)

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