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Aideen O’Brien

Director of Music Publishing,
Entertainment One/CMPA
Toronto, ON, Canada
AIDEEN O'BRIEN is an executive in the Canadian music industry with over two decades experience.

Growing up in her native Ireland, Aideen learned the extreme highs and lows of the music through her Fathers crazy successful career in Showband Music. Aideen chose to embrace her love and talent for Music & Theater once moving to Canada. Joining the Toronto Irish Players, Aideen acted in some great productions while also performing locally with a variety of talented musicians.

Aideen went on to earn an Honours Diploma in Music Industry Management, giving her the advantage of knowing both the creative and business side of the Arts.

Having laid a strong foundation at Golden Phoenix Music, Aideen was then Head of Operations for Carlin Music Publishing Canada before being head hunted by BMG Publishing. While employed as the Director of BMG Music Publishing Aideen oversaw an increase in synchronization revenue by 15% in their final year of operation. During her career she has also taught Publishing & Communications at the Toronto Film School, managed independent artists and recorded an album of Celtic songs, which sold over 15,000 copies across Canada.

During the three years of operating her own company, Mighty Craic Music offered consulting services in areas of:

• Music Supervision
• Publishing Administration
• Copyright Law
• Publishing Agreements
• Synchronization Agreements
• Contract Negotiation
• International Artist Development
• Business structure


Aideen has served as Director of The Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame (CSHF) and Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), The Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), Canadian Ireland Chamber of Commerce, The SOCAN Foundation and remains an active Board Member of MusiCounts.

Aideen is currently the Director of Music Publishing at Entertainment One.