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 Manager
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.
Cecilia Schlemm - Program Coordinator
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.