MusicNL aims to provide local musicians with information and opportunities to help them thrive, and to raise awareness about provincially produced music.
They also advocate on behalf of local musicians “by presenting a strong voice to government, business, and the community at large.”
Visibly, they’re the organization behind the weekly Open Mic Nights at The Ship, and they’ve partnered with The Telegram for their “FreshTracks” features on local musicians. They also have an annual awards gala, among other endeavours.
Hot on the heels of their upcoming awards gala (in early November), they’ve just hired a new executive director, Bonnie Fedrau, who’ll takeover immediately after Labour Day weekend.
The Board’s president declares that Bonnie “has extensive experience with the Canadian Music Industry,” and she certainly does.
Fedreau has worked with Warner Music, EMI, and Zomba records, and has “expertise in music supervision, publishing, artist development.”
She’s also been an educator at Trebas Institute. “Her skills and knowledge will be an invaluable resource for our members,” a press release says.
“Bonnie was a part of the team that signed Great Big Sea to Warner Music Canada, and now she is coming full circle, moving to Newfoundland, to help develop our rich and diverse music industry.”
“I am honoured to be given the opportunity,” Fedreau says. “I have always loved the city of St. John’s and the people who live there. I am excited about my relocation and getting the chance to explore even more of this magnificent province.”
She’s also looking forward to working with the MusicNL board and team to “help build on the current momentum, and help elevate the profile of such a vibrant music community on a national and global level.”
“I’ve always had a genuine passion for Canadian talent and I’m very excited to dive into the unique and amazing talent pool this music community has to offer.”
“I’ve had the distinct pleasure and privilege in my career to gain experience and knowledge on both the artistic and business sides of the music industry.
She says she hopes she can bring a fresh perspective to some of the challenges faced by our music sector, and in general, benefit the music communities of the province.