Vote Now for the ECMA Board of Directors

Vote Now for the ECMA Board of Directors

Your Vote Counts! ECMA Board of Directors Election Now Open

The ECMA Board of Directors Election is now open and will stay open until Wednesday, September 12 at 5:00PM ADT.

You must be an ECMA member to vote. Voting is taking place on 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 two (2) votes. All other members will be given one (1) vote. 

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

Ten nominees are vying for two spots on the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Board of Directors, one from mainland Nova Scotia, and one from Prince Edward Island.

Successful candidates will serve a two-year term from September 2018 until September 2020.

The results of the election will be announced at the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Charlottetown, PE. 

CANDIDATES BY REGION (in alphabetical order):


James Bennett

I am a police officer with the Halifax Regional Police with 18 years service. I have held many positions during my career but my current position is a community police officer for the central Halifax area. In this position I currently sit on the board for the Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre. 

I am also a professional photographer specializing in music and live events. Clients include Casino N.S., Scotiabank Centre, Cavendish Beach Music Festival and Canadian Country Music Association. One of my greatest achievements as a photographer has been covering the Country Music Awards in Nashville as the only approves photographer outside of the USA. I am current member of ECMA and Music N.S. I have been a member of CCMA in the past. Other achievements have been owning and operating my own online music publication which often promoted artists, venues and festivals in Atlantic Canada. I currently now cover events for another music publication based in Toronto. I often volunteer my photographer skills to many charities including but not limited to Children’s Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Christmas Daddies and other law enforcement initiatives.

Jim Robson

Jim Robson is Chairman of CIOE-97.5 FM the Home and the Voice of East Coast Music. Under Jim's visionary leadership CIOE currently broadcasts 65 hours a week of East Coast Music and by December of 2018, he is elevating CIOE's East Coast Music level to 97.5 hours a week. In addition to its over-the-air coverage within the HRM, CIOE streams all of its programming live via the Internet around the Globe which means the 97.5 hours a week of East Coast Music is exposed and heard all over the world. CIOE's current on-line listenership exceeds 500,000. In addition, when CIOE moved one year ago to new premises, Jim insisted that the landlord build a Concert Hall within the station. The net result is that CIOE is the only radio station in Canada that has a built in 120 seat Concert Hall and live performance stage, plus an Art Gallery (Gallery 97). To date, CIOE has staged 10 sold out concerts with four more scheduled for August, September, October and November (Rick Tiger/Lisa Richard) (Keith Mullins) (John Gracie) (Jon Cyr). Jim has a wealth of experience in the industry as a broadcaster, major market radio station owner in Vancouver, a former CRTC Commissioner and Chairman of CIOE. He is a hard driving demanding leader with a huge passion and commitment to developing and exposing the world-class treasury of Canada's Atlantic musical talent and CIOE is the unparalleled leader in putting our East Coast Talent first.

Josh Hogan

Josh is a jack-of-many-trades and depending on the time of day or night he is a concert promoter, artist manager, marketing strategist, small business consultant, vocalist, event planner, volunteer and board of director (he currently sits with the Halifax Pop Explosion, Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association). 

No stranger to sharing his thoughts, he has spoken at organizations and conferences such as The Halifax Pop Explosion, Noctis Metalfest, Music Nova Scotia Week, The ECMA Conferences and the Nova Scotia Community College. 

His efforts in the music community lead to him being named in The Chronicle Herald's "Top 20, 20-somethings" to watch and he has been featured in such publications as Canadian Musician, The Coast, here[NB] Magazine and the Ryerson Review of Journalism. 

When not working, Josh enjoys whiskey, craft beers, buying local, gardening and spending time with his adorable cat Rosie.

Matt Gorman

I'm a proud native of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I grew up playing drums in the Town's incredibly vibrant indie music scene, which I'm very proud of. To this day, I consider Canada's east coast to have, pound for pound, some of the best bands and musicians in North America. I've always been very passionate about music and my roots as an east coast musician. 

I later moved to Halifax and attended Dalhousie University, where I studied Political Science, Philosophy, and English/creative writing. After graduating from Dal, I studied law at the University of Leeds in England. Since then I've been a practicing member of the Nova Scotia bar, where I have experience at a private regional firm and as in-house counsel. I frequently speak on music related legal issues at conferences and regularly consult with artists/industry professionals on contracts and general business matters associated with their careers. As a writer, I've written a "Legal Guide for Musicians", which was published by the Nova Scotia Artist Legal Information Society in 2017. 

As a board/committee member, I sat on the 2018 ECMA Local Engagement Committee and am a former board member of MetroWorks (2013-2016), which assists folks in overcoming obstacles/barriers to employment. 

I'd be honoured to have your support. Please get in touch anytime if you have questions about my experience or background.

Mike Greatorex
Mike Greatorex has worked at Sonic Entertainment Group since 2003 where he's run the in-house record label (Sonic Records), handled day to day management for Matt Mays and other SEG acts, and worked to expand SEG's publishing operations (in partnership with Kobalt) and music supervision efforts. 

Prior to joining Sonic, Mike was employed by Perimeter Records/Tidemark Distribution. He also worked for a time at A&M/Island/Motown as an east coast promotions rep and before that was the GM for Sam the Record Man in Atlantic Canada. 

In 2016, Mike received his Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary University in Halifax, NS.


Al Douglas

Island born and raised, Al Douglas has been heavily involved in the local music scene from an early age. From playing in his own bands in the local and regional scene, to promoting and organizing local all-ages shows of all genres, Al had built a solid level of experience before jumping into the game of major music festivals and events in PEI. 

Al now devotes his time to as the marketing event manager for Murphy Hospitality Group - booking over 600 shows a year - involving as many local artists as possible along the way. He started locally and that’s where he’ll stay.

Andrew A. Melzer 

Andrew is a multi-award nominated composer, record producer and music publisher. 
Andrew has collaborated with many notable artists including: Norm Amadio, Tommy Ambrose (Juno Nominee), Bob Price, Stan Perry, Stitch ‘N Tyme, Pinky Dauvin, Don Scardino (Emmy Award, DGA Award), Moira Connelly, Debbie Fleming (Juno Nominee), Pam Marsh, Doug Riley (Juno Awards, Order of Canada), Peter Cardinali, Terry Clarke (Juno Award), Keith Jollimore, “Toronto Symphony String Section”, Beverly D’Angelo (Golden Globes), Rhonda Silver, Dianne Brooks, Scatman Crothers, Ray Brown (Grammy Awards), Bruce Cassidy, Tommy Newsome and “The Tonight Show Horn Section”, Earl Palmer, Mike Melvoin, Arthur Adams, Al Ciner (Grammy Awards), Soma, Dennis Belfield (Grammy Award), Victor Feldman, Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews, Grace Cosgrove, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna (Grammy Nominee), Bobby Rodriguez (Grammy Nominee), Alan Paul of Manhattan Transfer (Grammy Awards), Darlene Koldenhoven (Grammy Awards), Ralph Humphrey, Rosemary Galloway, Phil Dwyer (Juno Awards), Guido Basso (Juno Awards), Reg Schwager (National Jazz Award), Marc Jordan (Juno Award),Jackie Richardson (Juno Awards, Gemini Awards, NAACP Award Nominee), The Hot Club Of San Francisco, Joey Iaci, Don Grusin, Terry Hatty, Jo Thompson, Don Fraser, Catherine O’Brien, Joey Kitson, Deryl Gallant, Peter Bevan-Baker, Chris Corrigan, Lou Pomanti, Justin Abedin, David di Renzo, Confederation Centre Youth Chorus. 

Andrew has received five American Songwriting Awards Nominations, an East Coast Music Awards Producer of the Year Nomination, a Music PEI Awards Producer of the Year Nomination, and has completed composing and writing ISLAND WEDDING – THE MUSICAL.

I have been a working musician on the east coast for 20 years in many bands (Flush, the Royal North), I've managed an electronic dance music label (Scuffed Records), and I was the first live electronic artist to perform at the ECMAS, and I've been nominated 3 times for different awards. I had a syndicated radio show on newcap with pop/club content. I have experience performing, booking, event organizing, and many other aspects of the industry.

Liam Corcoran

Liam Corcoran was the co-founder of the popular indie-pop group Two Hours Traffic. Since the group disbanded, Liam has embarked on a solo career, releasing the mini-album Rom-Drom in September 2015 and, most recently, the full-length Nevahland in November of 2017. Nevahland was recently awarded with Male Solo Recording of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year at the 2018 Music PEI Awards. Liam also works as the Program Manager for the School of Performing Arts at Holland College and sits on the Board of Directors at Music PEI.

Michael Carver

Michael Carver takes a vision and makes it a reality. He has had extensive involvement in the Prince Edward Island music community as both a musician and a music industry professional, balancing his love of performing live with a strong sense of artist management and concert promotions.  Introduced to the Island music scene as a drummer for the Charlottetown bands North Lakes and Milks & Rectangles. Carver gained invaluable contracts experience booking and promoting concerts and tours across Canada. These experiences led to opportunities to act as a concert promoter, most notably organizing showcases during the East Coast Music Awards and as a music industry conference presenter of “music marketing: best practices” at conferences in Canada, as well as London, England.  During his time at Music PEI as Operations Manager, Carver, created Nudie's House of Rock, essentially a late-night talk show with a concert featuring two full bands on stage at the same time, trading song for song and sharing stories of their songwriting. It is these type of unique ideas that Carver brings to the Board table.  With entertainment Law as a passion, Carver attended Law school. During his time at Law school, Carver participated in several mooting and competition opportunities. Most recently, Carver was selected to represent the University of New Brunswick’s Law school at the Canadian National Negotiation Competition in Saskatoon, March 2018. Currently Carver is Articling with Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown, PEI with projected call to the bar in June of 2019.

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