Board of Directors
Kerry Clarke (Chair)
Kerry Clarke’s entry into the independent side of the music world was through campus/community radio as program director (at Victoria’s CFUV Radio and then Calgary’s CJSW Radio) some 23 years ago. She spent some time on the skins in a low-fi, original all-female pop band and booked the tours of a few Canadian bands before co-founding Calgary’s Afrikadey! Festival. Kerry is now the producer of the Calgary Folk Music Festival, where she has worked for 15 years. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009, it’s one of Canada’s most prominent and successful music festivals, programming 65 artists from all over the world to perform on 7 stages at Prince’s Island Park.
She has served on a bunch of non-profit organizations’ boards (CJSW Radio, Folk Alliance Canada, Bubonic Tourist, Calgary Animated Objects Society, the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance, National Campus/Community Radio Association). Kerry was on the production team of the 2008 Aboriginal Juno Celebration, the co-chair of the 2008 Juno Legacy committee which lead to being co-chair of Music Calgary. She’s also chair of WRAD (Western Roots Artistic Directors) and hosts the CJSW Radio program Alternative to What? whenever she’s not traveling to conferences and festivals.
Malissa Dunphy (Secretary)
Malissa Dunphy is a born and raised Calgarian, falling in love with the local music scene early as a kid attending and helping work the door at all-ages shows. After graduating high school Malissa started volunteering at CJSW which lead her to enroll in Radio Broadcasting at SAIT. In 2008 Malissa graduated from SAIT early to start working for X92.9’s Calgary’s New Rock Alternative as their Canadian Content Development Coordinator. There she works with local bands promoting their shows on her weekly show “Xposure” which airs Sunday nights at 9:00pm, and awarding local bands prizing and promotion through X92.9’s Xposure Contest. With her position at X92.9, Malissa has become very involved with the organizations she works with such as Alberta Music Industry Association, FACTOR, the various bars and venues in Calgary and now with Music Calgary as a newly appointed Board Member.
Marc Thususka (Treasurer)
Marc Thususka has been in campus entertainment for over 12 years having worked at the University of Waterloo (Alma Mater) and currently at SAIT in Calgary as the Events & Programming manager. Marc is also an entertainment consultant and manages a national touring act based out of BC.
With more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, Ian has worked in almost every aspect of the business. He began as a recording artist, touring across Canada throughout the 80s. Since then he has worked in music journalism, record distribution, concert promotion, music supervision, artist management, record production and A&R.
As the Director of A&R for Wicklow Records/BMG in the late 90s, he built an international profile stewarding album projects and collaborations for The Chieftains, Bill Laswell, Elvis Costello, Thievery Corporation, The Vatican Choir and Orchestra and many more. Since May of 2011, he was been the Director of Programs at the National Music Centre in Calgary. He currently sits on two Juno Committees and is a member of CARAS and CAPACOA.
Lindsay got her start in the independent music scene while finishing high school in Whistler. After noticing the decline of out of town bands coming to the ski town, she took the opportunity to program a local watering hole- turning it into a must play destination. After 8 successful years of shows in Whistler, she moved to Vancouver to expand her production company, teaming up with a friend to bring bigger bands to more venues in downtown and East Vancouver. When she figured out the skills she had learned through promoting and working with bands translated to tour management, a couple cross-Canada tours ensued with bands such as Carpenter and Bison BC. After a few reputable people noticed her hard work and smile, she was taken on international tours, first as band assistant to The Mars Volta and then as production assistant for Arcade Fire. Upon completing those tours she was asked to be festival director of Sled Island in Calgary, the city she now calls home and is dedicated to. Lindsay is also the booker for the Broken City, one of Calgary’s best live music venues. She loves Calgary’s amazing music scene and is honored to sit on the BOD for Music Calgary.
Jamie New Johnson
Jamie is a business and brand growth strategist who has a passion to help people and businesses succeed.
Over the course of her young career she has had the pleasure of working with education, government funding, hospitality, breweries, sports and non-profit professionals; as well as music industry creators (singers, songwriters, etc.) and professionals such as promoters, presenters, agents, publicists, labels with many of the industries top managers (managing acts such as Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, Finger Eleven, City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, MGMT, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, Rush, The Tragically Hip, The Trews and hundreds more).
Her drive to help others succeed has been portrayed through her teaching experiences; both as a business communications college professor, and as a competitive trampoline, gymnastics and cheerleading coach for 13 years and counting, bringing many athletes and teams to the top of the podium.
On the other end, Jamie has seen many successes in her career, where she has assisted in the growth of arts and music industry education and promotion-based non-profits, brands, and artists; including a stint as a funk rock band manager. A few of her notable accomplishments include the production and hosting of countless educational conference sessions, networking events, high-profile awards events, live performance shows, profitable marketing and fundraising campaigns, successful marketing strategies and strategic plans, new website developments, sponsorship and partnership development, among others.