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Our Mandate

MusicNL exists to address key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business and the community at large.

To 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.

To create and encourage opportunities which will stimulate growth of the industry.

Our History

We are a collective working to 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 are dedicated to addressing key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business, and the community at large.

We are here to create and encourage opportunities that will stimulate growth of the industry.

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Our Staff

Sherri Breen

Sherri Breen

Operations & Program Manager

A former staff member of MusicNL (Marketing, Communications, & Sponsorship Coordinator, 2017), award nominee of MusicNL (Female Artist of the Year, 2014) and solo musician/singer/songwriter, Sherri brings a diverse perspective of the music industry and an extensive background of frontline and supervisory work in the non-profit sector. Born and raised in St. John's, NL, Sherri has been performing at local events and venues and coordinating community programs for nearly 15 years. She recently worked as Diversity Outreach Coordinator at Association for New Canadians and traveled across Newfoundland & Labrador delivering diversity training, roundtable sessions, and managing the ANC's very first documentary titled HOME: Stories of Newcomers to NL, launched at The Rooms in April 2019. Sherri has a breadth of experience in coordinating employment and education programs, with a strong skill set in program administration, evaluation, communications, marketing, and fund development. She has worked closely on projects with media partners such as CBC, industry associations such as Hospitality NL, St. John's Board of Trade, and crown corporations such as The Rooms. She completed studies at Memorial University of NL (Bachelor of Arts, 2005) Gardiner Centre (Digital Marketing & Social Media Certificate, 2019) and certifications and workshops in fundraising, leadership, professional writing, youth counselling, and program outcomes. Sherri is thrilled to be back at MusicNL as the new Operations and Program Manager, and is looking forward to working with the music industry, business community, MNL members, board of directors, and province at large. View full profile
Dave Shears

Dave Shears

Communications and Events Coordinator

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

Our Board of Directors

Amy House

Amy House

Chair

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

Treasurer - East

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

Director - West

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

Director - East

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

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