Position: Senior Advisor to the Creative Industries
Company: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage - Halifax, NS, Canada
Mickey became the first Music Development Officer for Nova Scotia in 2005, running funding programs and creating partnerships to leverage export opportunities for local artists. Over the years, the position evolved, and in 2013 Mickey joined the new Film & Creative Industries Agency, which lasted two years. This was followed by one year as Programs Manager at Music Nova Scotia, and recently, Mickey became the Senior Advisor to the Creative Industries, managing the new Creative Industries Fund for Communities, Culture & Heritage. Passionate about professional songwriting through international collaboration opportunities and mentorship of young writers through song camps, with particular interest in music placement, he has worked in traditional music and contemporary songwriting for over 20 years as an artist manager all over the English speaking world with marquee artists. Mickey believes that through collaboration one can build strong teams internationally to create ongoing commerce. Years of extensive international touring, showcase facilitation and conference work have afforded Mickey the opportunity to build a large network of friends and colleagues in all facets of the business, worldwide. Over the span of his career, he has worked as a musician, booking agent , promoter, artist manager (Blackpool, Rankin Family, Danu, Slainte Mhath, etc), tour manager, educator, consultant, etc. Mickey has been an active member of the ECMA International Committee since its inception and a co-conspirator in the conception of the Export Readiness Training Program.