Julien Matwawana
VIP Delegate
Position: Executive Director
Company: African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) - Dartmouth, NS, CAN

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Julien grew up in a household filled with musical influences. At the age of five, Julien began playing the drums, shortly after that he started writing and recordings raps. It wasn’t long before the home studio that Julien created became the neighbourhood recording studio. Being able to create a space, provide resources and access to equipment was what Julien enjoyed the most. Today Julien does just that through artist management, live music production, and public speaking.

Julien served as an active member on the board of The African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA). During this time on the board of ANSMA, he curated panels and showcases, and fundraised. While engaged in his volunteer work, Julien stepped in as Interim Investment Program Manager at Music Nova Scotia in 2022. In this role he provided information to those pursuing a career in the music industry, in addition to overseeing the distribution of funds allocated to each of Music Nova Scotia’s Investment Programs, and much more. Julien is currently the Programming Committee Chair at ADVANCE Canada’s Music Business Collective and also serves on ECMA’s African Canadian Music Committee. In 2023, Julien was hired as ANSMA’s first Executive Director in the organizations history. In this position, Julien aims to serve the African Nova Scotian/Black community with greater emphasis on youth and career development in music.

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