Rhonda Tulk-Lane ICD.D, 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!
Contact: rhonda at musicnl.ca | 754-2574 ext 1
David Shears, Program 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 Mangement from the College of the North Atlantic, as well as a plethora of experience in booking, budgeting, marketing, and networking within the music industry.
Contact: david at musicnl.ca 754-2574 ext 2
Sarah Newell, Marketing and Communications Manager
Sarah is a musical artist born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, she now resides in the heart of downtown St. John’s. Sarah is a Memorial University Alumnus, having completed her Bachelor of Music in 2018 and her Bachelor of Music Education in 2020. Sarah has been working in the music sector for over 7 years and is currently the co-lead vocalist and saxophonist of the alternative pop band, With Violet. Sarah wears many hats in her professional life. You may find her teaching choir and music in her elementary classroom, or center ice at Mile One Centre where she is the in-stand host for the Newfoundland Growlers Hockey team.
Sarah’s history in the arts paired with her passion for business gives her a unique approach to any project.
FUN FACT: When Sarah was 16 years old, she got called up on stage to sing with Canadian Legend, Bryan Adams.
Contact: sarah at musicnl.ca | 754-2574 ext. 3
Mariana Castro-Carvajal, Manager of Instrumental Connections Program
Originally from Mexico City, Mariana is a graduate Ethnomusicology student at Memorial University. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, Manitoba. As a pianist and singer, Mariana has conducted several children’s music projects and a seniors choir. She is a dedicated scholar and an enthusiast of the connections between music, belonging, and stories. With a passion for music and research, Mariana strives to learn ways in which music could contribute to social justice and change. She is thrilled to join the MusicNL team.
Contact: Marianna at musicnl.ca | 754-2574 ext. 4
Tyler Ryan, Storyteller
Tyler is a local writer and creator from the small town of Trepassey Newfoundland and Labrador. He studied journalism at the College of the North Atlantic, where he polished his storytelling skills. At the college, for his interest in broadcast stories, he was awarded the Coast Broadcasting Bursary. You can also find his name in the Telegram, where he works as a freelance writer, and soon on the back of his very first passion project, a comic book passion project. He is elated to be a part of the MusicNL team, sharing the stories of other local creatives!
Contact: Tyler at musicnl.ca
Samuel Mok, Graphic Design Fellowship
Samuel is a Hong Kong artist based in NL. He recently graduated from the BFA Program at Memorial University in 2021. Mok is passionate about graphic illustration, unique totem pattern design, and commercial photography. As a graphic illustrator and visual artist, he conducted several public art projects displayed in St. John’s city. He also works as the Youth Talent and Creative Art Manager for Tombolo Multicultural Festival NL.
Mok’s art practice was influenced by his Asian background and study abroad experience in Canada, the UK and Japan during the four years of BFA education. He will never be satisfied with the status quo or stop exploring the frantic world. He firmly believes that the internship position at MusicNL is an incredible opportunity to discover a new self. Portfolio: samuelmokart.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hhmok/
Contact: Sam at musicnl.ca
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.
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. Marlene was awarded the Patron of the Arts in 2014 for her ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. She served as 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 was a founding member of CAPE (the Artist Emergency Fund).
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
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.
Krista Vincent started her musical career in the small town of Lewisporte, NL. She has gone on to become a dedicated specialist in the performance and interpretation of contemporary music, with a career spanning three continents as pianist, composer and actress, and arts administrator.Krista holds music and ethnomusicology degrees from McGill University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Memorial University. From 1999-2007 Krista was based in the Netherlands where she was active as electronic music composer and performer. From 2016-2018, Krista was the Marketing Coordinator for the Canberra International Music Festival in Canberra, Australia, and in 2019, manager with Kittiwake Dance Theatre. Since 2014, Krista has held the role of General Manager with the Tuckamore Festival.
Nigel Jenkins is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, with a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Nigel is an artist manager and record label owner based in Steady Brook, NL. Through his company, Laughing Heart Music, Nigel has worked with artists like Classified, Heather Rankin, Ben Caplan, Hillsburn, The Lytics, and many others as a manager, label owner, and consultant. Nigel has sat on the boards of the Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival and the Halifax Urban Folk Festival. He was nominated for the 2019 East Coast Music Award for Artist Manager of the Year and the 2018 Nova Scotia Music Week Artist Manager of the Year Award.
Lindsey is a lawyer and registered Canadian trademark agent practicing with Cox & Palmer in St. John’s. Lindsey graduated in 2016 from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. Her practice focuses on general commercial law and intellectual property law matters, serving clients across a broad range of industries, including technology, hospitality and the arts. Before practicing law, Lindsey practiced classical piano performance and received her B. Mus (Hons) from Memorial University in 2012.
While working in the music industry for the past thirteen years, Mary Beth Waldram has organized and supervised large-scale events, created successful grant proposals, and helped artist’s both in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Mary Beth is a graduate of Memorial University’s School of Music and NSCC’s Music Business Program. Afterwards going on to work with many Atlantic Canadian music festivals including Halifax Pop Explosion and Lawnya Vawnya and The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, managing bands and booking tours for Atlantic Canadian artists. Mary Beth currently resides in St. John’s Newfoundland currently working with Lawnya Vawnya, NL Folk Festival and many local artists.