2019-20 ECMA Board Voting NOW OPEN

2019-20 ECMA Board Voting NOW OPEN

Your Vote Counts! ECMA Board of Directors Now Open

The ECMA Board of Directors Election is NOW OPEN and will stay open until Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM ADT.

You must be an ECMA member to vote. Voting is taking place on www.ecma.com in your MyECMA section. Please log into your account, click “Vote” from the MyECMA drop-down menu and you will be guided to the online voting form.

Bands will be given a total of three (3) votes, whereas Corporate and Non-Profit members will be given (2) votes. All other members will be given (1) vote.

If you are not yet an ECMA member or your membership has lapsed, you can sign up here.

Ten nominees, including 3 incumbents, are vying for three spots on the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Board of Directors, one from each region (Cape Breton, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Successful candidates will serve a two-year term from September 2019 until September 2021.

The 2019 ECMA AGM will take place September 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM ADT. All ECMA members are invited to join. For more information please contact Kathryn at kathryn@ecma.com or 902-221-4822.Locations and agenda to be announced shortly.

Candidates by region, in alphabetical order:


Debbie Mullins (Incumbent)

I am Co-Chair of Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative and President of Local 355 Canadian Federation of Musicians, Also currently on the Board of ECMA. I am a huge fan of the ECMA and their mission to support and develop our talented East Coast Artists. I have attended this event every year for the past 18 years.

Heather Lewis

I have a Bachelor of Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. I have several years experience in record retail including a position as Import Buyer for Tower Records Nashville Tennessee. I was awarded a Seven Mary Three gold record by the record label for merchandising at Ear X Tacy Records in Louisville Kentucky. I am a Stage Management team member with diverse experience in venues and productions of various sizes and complexities in the Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio regions, Sydney area and Celtic Colours Festival. I am a member of the Celtic Colours Festival Society.


Alex Cook

As creator and editor-in-chief of The East (winner of the 2019 ECMA for Media Outlet of the Year) I have written and published roughly the equivalent of 13 novels on the subject of Atlantic Canadian music over the last five years. In that time, the magazine has grown into one of the preeminent sources for news on arts and culture in our region. in 2018 I also joined Pocologan Camp Party as one of three organizers, utilizing my expertise in content creation and digital marketing, as well as industry contacts, to adapt Pocologan from a small private event to a full fledged music festival. This month we celebrated a very successful year - our second being open to the public - with marked growth, an enthusiastic sell-out crowd, and completed on budget. All of this was done with one main goal in my mind: to continue developing and promoting Atlantic Canada as a culturally vibrant and prosperous place to live and work.

Cameron Nicholas

Cameron Nicholas - better known by his stage name Kam Speech, is an award-winning artist & producer from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. The artist began his professional career at just 15 years old - being nominated for an ECMA in the Aboriginal Recording of The Year category, then later built an interest in artist management and more. At the young age of 16, the artist founded and registered his first indie label “Broken Reckords Media”, which later formed into the music collective and label ViiiZUALEYES Media Group & Recordings Inc. Aside from recording and producing music, Cameron has always had a passion to help promote music and other artists in many ways - such as artist management, digital distribution, CD manufacturing, website development and much more. Cameron currently runs two labels, Hype-R Music Group, which is an imprint of ViiiZUALEYES, both labels have digital distribution partnerships with the Sony Music owned company The Orchard Music, and offers the distribution to new and emerging artists as a free service to get their music on all digital platforms. Cameron is more than dedicated to what he does, whether it’s managing his own material, to helping another artist with their release, running his companies and much more.

Christine Dubé (Incumbent)

Christine Dubé began working in the New Brunswick music industry in 2013. Christine Dubé has earned the trust of the music industry over the years by accepting occasional contracts as a coordinator for different events. It’s after working as a booking agent at Le Grenier musique that she decided launching her own agency Cool Cats Agency in 2018. She was also elected vice-president of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) for the last 2 years.

Emma Chevarie

Emma Chevarie is founder and CEO of Music Runs Through It (www.musicrunsthroughit.com) based in Fredericton (NB). Emma has been involved in the music industry in many roles for over 15 years and is passionate about the live music experience. She has built a strong brand in promoting and presenting live music in various venues from small, intimate settings to full professional theatre venues. Her website features a running calendar of all live music events taking place in the city, and has become the go-to site for Fredericton music fans. Emma is the Live Music Columnist on CBC Information Morning Fredericton and a regular guest on The Lunchbox program on the UNB community radio station CHSR 97.5FM. Additionally she contributes regularly to the Fredericton Tourism blog reporting on live music related events and is a current member of the JUNO Blues Committee as an east coast representative.


Michelle Robertson (Incumbent)

Michelle Robertson is an artist manager, entrepreneur, and educator living in St. John’s. She has co-managed some of Newfoundland’s best and brightest musicians – including The Dardanelles and JUNO award-winners The Swinging Belles – earning several nominations for both she and Kilbride Music along the way (ECMA Management of the Year, MusicNL Outstanding Company, MusicNL Industry Professional of the Year). Since 2014, Michelle has been steadily growing Feedback Music Consulting - an artist development company servicing local, regional, and national artists. She has been a conference panelist for MusicNL, Lawnya Vawnya, and Contact East, and is a regular juror for FACTOR. Michelle joined the ECMA Board of Directors in 2017 and was quickly appointed Executive Secretary and Chair of the Awards & Stages committee. For the past 12 years, Michelle has also been studying the people, music, and culture of Newfoundland & Labrador. She has recently completed her masters’ degree in ethnomusicology – for which her major research project focused on Newfoundland’s own Hey Rosetta! and the production of heritage. In 2016, Michelle’s academic pursuits came full circle when she joined College of the North Atlantic as an instructor, teaching in the very same industry programs from which she graduated in 2006. Her course load includes music business, music and culture, pop music history, events management, and cultural career management.

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald is a musician and music advocate from Twillingate, NL. He performs as Mike Sixonate as a professional entertainer for around 200 shows a year and has gained a reputation as a witty story teller and an accomplished guitar player. Mike sits on the Provincial governments central NL DMO - Adventure Central. Mike also sits on the board of the CFM Local 820. Not only is he very invested in advocating through these not for profits but Mike also works with a for profit organization called 618 Entertainment where he works tirelessly to promote new venues and artists across the province of NL.

Peter Newman

Peter Daniel Newman is a business owner, songwriter, engineer and producer. He has worked as a songwriter for Clint Black and Blacktop Publishing as well as had songs published with Curb, Atlantic, Universal Music Group, Union Street Records and Spring Hill Publishing, He has won and placed in the International Song Competition, American Song Space, The Gospel Association of Canada and Song of the Year. He has worked with numerous local artists. His work for the Secrets has won a MusicNL award and his work for Kellie Loder has been nominated for a JUNO.

Robert Buck

Robert Buck from Mount Pearl, NL has In a long and varied music career positioning him at the top of his field. He has been an active musician since the age of 15, has worked in radio, had stints as music editor for The Newfoundland Herald and numerous other publications. In 1989 he began in music retail and in 1991 moved to distribution and manufacturing. Spanning over 10 years in independent distribution and manufacturing as VP Operations with Tidemark Music and Distribution Ltd. He followed that with 12 years as the regional director of Music Manufacturing Services Atlantic division (MMS Atlantic) and most recently as the owner operator of Atlantic Disc. Through his years he has gained unparalleled insight into the industry as it has grown and developed. He has participated in the layout & design for hundreds of recordings, has consulted for the ECMA in the building of their automated website (2004). Robert is also a former studio owner and founding partner of Avondale Music. He has worked with thousands of Atlantic Canadian artists to help bring their recordings to fruition. He has participated in the layout, design and photography for many recordings, built web sites and has worked part time as an IT consultant for several companies. He has developed numerous catalogues, brochures and print ads. He currently manages the hugely successful traditional artist Rum Ragged. Outside of music Robert is a partner in numerous other businesses, achieved his MBA and has a strong and active background in accounting, business practices and finance. He is the past treasurer of the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (2002-2003, 2015-2016), former ECMA vice chair (2002-2004) and has won four East Coast Music Awards as an independent music distributor. He has won 4 MUSICNL Awards as manager for his group Rum Ragged. He is still an active musician in the local traditional group Station Road.