Executive Director, Edmonton
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 and 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards.
Program Manager, Calgary
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.
Administrative Assistant, Edmonton
PROGRAMMING & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, Calgary
With 10+ years experience in the music industry, Kristen's career has spanned the spectrum of personal performance to the promotion and support of other artists in the industry. She is largely influenced and inspired by her country roots and her lead-with-kindness upbringing. She is constantly building connections and community and is passionate about creating positive impact in her life and in the lives of others.
Her passion for music developed at a young age performing in her hometown community and later through live performances on Country Music Television and in the Calgary-based performing group, Revv 52. After receiving her Bachelor of Communications & Media Degree from the University of Calgary, Kristen discovered an interest in the business side of the industry. Landing a role inside of Tooth Blackner Presents and being involved in various projects including concerts and festivals, and feels deeply honoured and humbled to work with incredible artists across all musical genres. Most recently, she was a part of the host committee board for the Canadian Country Music Awards.
After a serendipitous encounter and her proactive approach to life, Kristen began working with the Alberta Music team on a casual basis, responding to as many invitations as she could with an enthusiastic “yes, I’ll be there!”. Building off of the experience and connections in those early days, she took on the role of Project Wild Coordinator for Project WILD and has now stepped into a role as a full-time member of the team. She is eager to continue learning and developing her career in this space, and is passionate about driving positive impact and continuing to support the incredible talent in the industry.