Carly Klassen is the Executive Director of Alberta Music Industry Association, having sat in various roles with the organization, including seven years as Program Manager. Since graduating the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan University, Carly has spent her professional life as a tireless advocate for musicians and artists in Alberta on the national and international stage.
Carly currently sits on the board of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, an organization made up of the music industry associations of western and northern provinces, whose primary event is the Breakout West conference and Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2017, she sat on the host committee for Breakout West in Edmonton. In partnership with Breakout West, she has led several international export development missions, bringing artists to markets in Nashville, the UK and throughout Europe.
She currently sits on FACTOR’s National Advisory Board, CCIMA's (Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations) and Canadian Music Incubator's (CMI) Board and is on the Steering Committee for Alberta Music Cities Initiative in partnership with The National Music Centre.
Prior to joining the non-profit sector at Alberta Music, Carly was employed from 2005-2008 at Stony Plain Records, Spirit River Distribution.
Carly recently won, Industry Person of the Year at the 2017 Alberta Country Music Awards.
Allison has been involved with the grassroots music community, from Alberta to Atlantic Canada, for over fifteen years. Prior to her time with Alberta Music Allison worked as an independent industry advisor, researcher, and consultant, sharing her knowledge with musicians, industry professionals, labels, venues, and industry organizations all across Canada.
Her 2017 report, commissioned by the East Coast Music Association, Music Canada, and Music Canada Live, Striking A New A-Chord: Recommendations for the Growth and Development of Canada’s East Coast Music Industry, directed a spotlight onto the current state of the music sector in Atlantic Canada and offers deep insight into the conditions faced by musicians and industry professionals.
Cecilia joins Alberta Music after nearly two years with Inn from the Cold, an organization dedicated to helping Calgary’s most vulnerable families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary and recently received a Digital Communications Certificate from Mount Royal University. Her previous experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors has given her a unique skill-set to bring to her role at Alberta Music.
Cecilia’s love for music goes back as far as she can remember. She is an active performer in Alberta’s music community as the bass player for Calgary punks The Shiverettes and currently sits on the Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival committee.
Communications & Administrative Coordinator
Olivia joins Alberta Music after five years as an independent marketing consultant, and as the booking coordinator for the Mercury Room in Edmonton. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Alberta, and is an active member of the music community, leading two Edmonton-based bands: alternative rock band King of Foxes, as well as a cover band, Vegas Wives.
Her experience in the music industry as a self-managed artist, as well as her experience as a digital marketer, make her a welcome addition to our team.