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Announcing Spotlight on Poland and Eastern Europe at CMW 2020



Spotlight on Poland and Eastern Europe at CMW 2020

The 2020 ‘Spotlight on Poland’ marks the first-ever official music mission from Poland to CMW, and the first-ever official music mission from Canada to Poland.
As part of our outreach to Poland, CMW has organized an outbound mission from Canada to participate at the POLAND 2018 MUSIC EXPORT CONFERENCE in Warsaw, Poland(October 11-12, 2018) – presented by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the Republic of Poland.
The two-day conference is under the umbrella of Poland’s event, ‘Creativity Days’.
The mission participants will present panel(s) on the Canadian Music Industry, to delve into the various support systems and how key industry organizations work together with government.
The Poland market is very interested in best practices and building their domestic industry and increase their ability to develop music exports.
More details on the process and the conference programming will follow. Check out the 2017 event for more info:
CMW Mission to Poland Participants
Erin Benjamin
Executive Director
Music Canada Live
In November of 2014, Ms Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live, the voice of Canada’s Live Music Industry, after serving as the Canadian Arts Presenting Associations’ (CAPACOA) Executive Director for six and a half years. She had formerly joined CAPACOA after eight years as the first Executive Director at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF, now known as Folk Music Ontario) which followed a decade-long career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter.
Currently Erin serves as the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports’ Co-Chair of the Ontario Live Music Working Group, the Ontario Media Development Corporations Music Industry Advisory Committee and is a board member the Unison Benevolent Fund, MEGAPHONO and the Ottawa Blues Festival.
Jeff Beaulieu
Hopeful Tragedy Records/Your Favorite Enemies
Jeff Beaulieu is Montreal’s Your Favorite Enemies guitarist, Hopeful Tragedy Records owner, Upper Room Church Studio co-owner and non-profit Rock’N’Rights founder. Since YFE’s creation in 2006, influenced by the likes of Ian MacKaye (Fugazi/Dischord) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion/Epitaph), Beaulieu based his career and social involvement on a DIY ethos and community values. His vision led YFE to not only become an international act, a Juno nominee band and spokespeople for Amnesty International, but also pioneers of online live concert broadcast, direct-to-fan merch and fan club services. His unique interpretation of today’s entertainment business makes him a most appreciated speaker, debater, and mentor.
Michael Perlmutter
Music Supervisor/President
Instinct Entertainment/The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada
Michael has placed thousands of songs in TV shows, films and documentaries, seen and heard around the world. Michael has been working in the music/film/TV industries for 20+ years.
He has been asked to moderate and speak on panels around the world: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Miami, New York, Cannes, Calgary, Halifax, Toronto. Michael is the president of The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada.
Neill Dixon
Canadian Music Week
Neill launched Canadian Music Week in 1983 since then it has become the most important single event in this country’s music industry. The event is longest running Conference /Festival in North America.
In recent years Neill has introduced a number of Canadian Awards shows, a film festival, the Canadian International Comedy Fest and new talent Searches. Neill has also put his extensive world-wide database to good use by passionately promoting Canada’s best export ready artists and built CMW’s importance as an export development engine. As Neill puts it “It is our mission to build bridges of trade and culture between Canada and the world.”
Shauna de Cartier
Six Shooter Records/Interstellar Rodeo
In 2000, Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records, a record label and
artist management company based in Toronto. Maintaining a steadfast
commitment to fostering artistic excellence, Six Shooter has released more
than 100 albums by artists such as The Strumbellas, Whitehorse, Tanya
Tagaq and others. Additionally, Shauna has produced ten music festivals
called The Interstellar Rodeo, headlined by artists such as Beck, Alabama Shakes, Sarah McLachlan, and many more.
Shauna also plays an active role in the industry. She is the Past Chair of the Board of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), and sits on the Board of Directors of the Radio Starmaker Fund. Shauna lives by the Six Shooter motto that “Life is Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music.”
Vince Degiorgio
CMPA/Chapter 2 Productions Inc.
Vincent Degiorgio’s career reads like a journey around the world of the music industry with no set destination.
He is the president and founder of Chapter 2 Productions Inc., which houses the publishing entities CYMBA Music Publishing, InterCym Music and The Billy Ray Louis Music Publishing Company.
In his former role as Vice-President of International A&R at RCA, Degiorgio was
responsible for signing NSYNC in the US and is the owner and operator of the oldest dance
music label in English speaking Canada, Power Records Inc., further cementing his place as one
of Canada’s music industry stalwarts.
He is currently in his second term as chair of Canadian Music Publishers Association, and is a
board member on the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Now in its 37th year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival which spans 7 nights of performances (May 6 – 12), with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All conference functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W. Toronto (May 9 – 11).
For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:
Kayley Szanto – Communications Manager
T: 905-858-4747 X109 E: