Alberta Music STAFF


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.


Communications & Administrative Coordinator, Edmonton
As a graduate of the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan University, Jaime has been a long time lover and supporter of Alberta’s diverse arts scene and incredible music community. Jaime has had the pleasure of working with several of Edmonton's well-loved festivals such as the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, LitFest and Flying Canoë Volant. Over the years, she has volunteered for numerous events and organizations such as CKUA Radio, Up + Downtown Festival, BreakOut West, NorthwestFest and Boyle Street. She is excited to continue developing her knowledge within the industry and support the music community as a part of Alberta Music.




Carly Klassen
Executive Director

Cecilia Schlemm
Program Manager

Jaime Pruden
Administrative Assistant