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Len Lytwyn

Chairman & Executive Director,
Musicians Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
Toronto, ON, Canada
Len Lytwyn’s experience within the music industry has accumulated more than 40 years of committed services. It began during the summer of ’62 wherein he started his professional career as a drummer engaged to back a musical show in a summer resort in Houghton, Lake Michigan USA.

Following an elongated road tour, Len returned to his home town Toronto, and continued to perform as a freelance jobbing musician.

By chance he was asked to do a recording session by Graham Dunnet in 1963. From this session was born a rock band called Dee and the Yeoman. This recording group gained considerable success during “Toronto’s Yorkville Sound” era and from touring throughout Ontario and U.S. over the next 7 years. During this period, Len also personally gained considerable notoriety as one of Canada’s top rock drummers. This was confirmed as on numerous occasions, Len was the featured clinician demonstrating drumming techniques for a number of “drum clinics” held in the GTA.
His experience and notoriety as a Toronto musician resulted in him being asked to represent the Rock and Pop segment of the musicians’ union, i.e. the Toronto Musicians Association (TMA) being local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians’ of the United States and Canada (AFM).

Len was elected as a member of TMA’s Executive Board and while continuing to perform as a drummer, spent the next 16 years gaining administrative experience in all aspects of the professional side of performing musicians in all genres of music. This culminated in Len being elected as TMA’s President wherein he served 2 years as the TMA’s chief administrative officer (CEO).

Following a brief hiatus from the music business Len returned in 1995 to take a full time administrative position in AFM’s national office for Canada. During this period Len was the most senior, appointed official in AFM’s Canadian Office. In early 2004, in recognition of Len’s work on behalf of professional musicians across Canada, Len was formally acknowledged as AFM’s first, Executive Director for Canada: a position which would not otherwise exist. Also, in the year just prior to Len leaving this position, he was the impetus behind AFM’s operational name change in Canada, which allows the Canadian Office to operate as the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM).

Late in 2010 Len accepted an additional career challenge, as the Executive Director for a newly-formed ‘royalty collective’ called the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC). As one of Its founding Directors, it is here that Len now lends his abundant wealth of experience and knowledge from both the performing and administrative sides of the music business. It is also from here, that his dedicated efforts continue to benefit Canada’s music industry and its performing musicians…alike!