Carly Klassen - Executive Director
Carly Klassen is the Executive Director of Alberta Music. She moves into the position after completing seven years at Alberta Music with various responsibilities, the latest as manager of programs and operations. Prior to her tenure at Alberta Music, Carly worked for Stony Plain Records, Spirit River Distribution and for concert promoters such as Brent Oliver Presents and JCL Productions. Carly Klassen has spent her professional life as a tireless advocate for musicians and artists in Alberta.
Jesse Northey - Program Manger
Jesse is a well-known and active participant in the Alberta music community as a performer, recording engineer, producer and consultant. with a Bachelor of Music (Digital Audio Arts) from the University of Lethbridge, Jesse has spent his entire life and career in the Alberta music industry. Most recently, Jesse returned from eight weeks in Toronto where he was enrolled in Canada’s Music Incubator Music Management program. This experience and training, combined with his professional musical perspective in grant-writing, tour-booking, radio mail-outs, and performance has given him the skills to be a great mentor to Alberta artists and the members of the industry.
Jesse has also graced the performance stage as the front-man and writer for the touring indie rock band Jesse and the Dandelions and as a member of Consilience, Tyler Butler and his Handsome Friends, Ketamines, Unwed Mothers, Doug Hoyer, and more.
Mike James - Communications & Admin. Coordinator
Mike is an enthusiastic, outgoing music-lover who enjoys the active nature of working around music and entertainment. In 2014 he completed the one-year intensive Entertainment Business Management diploma at Vancouver Film School and prior, the Arts and Cultural Management diploma program at MacEwan University. Both courses have shaped Mike into an arts and entertainment professional eager to contribute to the community.
In his spare time he can be found working on various community projects and digital marketing endeavors.