Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Search Now Open

Music Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit association that encourages the creation, development, growth, and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. They do this by providing education, information and resources to their members; by advocating for the industry to all levels of government and private sector; and by promoting the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally, and internationally. On their behalf, we are seeking an experienced professional as its Executive Director.

In this role, you will assume overall responsibility for providing leadership and direction to the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors and operating within a strategic planning framework, you will manage all day-to-day operations of the organization, including programming, administration, event management, member services, funding, sponsorship, human resources, advocacy, and public affairs. 

What will it take to be successful in this role?

Ideally, you have management experience in the arts and culture sector with music industry experience strongly preferred. You have a solid grasp of board governance principles and the demonstrated ability to work with and communicate proactively and effectively with a volunteer board of directors.

You possess high-level strategic thinking and planning skills and the ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors. A collaborative leader and facilitator, you will provide proper guidance, coaching and support to an experienced staff and help them set and achieve their performance objectives.

As several programs are funded through government channels, you will liaise with key government officials to ensure open and communicative relationships exist and funding deadlines are met. You will also build and maintain linkages with other stakeholders, including the corporate community, sponsors, volunteers, and regional, national and international associations.

You understand the challenges of running an industry association.  You have a generalist background, including skills in finance, administration, human resources, policy development and program management. Your fundraising and sponsorship skills are well developed, and you enjoy excellent contacts within all sectors. 

You have excellent communication skills and are known for your ability to motivate people to meet sometimes difficult and challenging objectives.

Moreover, you possess significant cross-cultural awareness and understanding, coupled with demonstrated experience building strong interpersonal relationships with a wide and diverse range of individuals and communities.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to fulfill this ambitious mission. If you have interest in this opportunity, please forward your resume and thoughtful letter explaining why you are qualified and how you could contribute to the growth and development of Music Nova Scotia. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1840 in the subject line.

Music Nova Scotia values diversity and inclusiveness and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, women and identities that are outside the gender binary.

Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their cover letter.

If we contact you for an interview and you are a person with a disability who requires technical aids or alternative arrangements, please let us know of these needs and any way in which we can be of assistance.

Music Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting Now Online

The Music Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting, scheduled for June 23, at 5:30pm, will now be taking place online. 

Anyone wishing to attend must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration is now open and can be accessed HERE.

All members are welcome to attend the 2020 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced. 

Eight nominees, including 3 incumbents, are vying for four spots on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors.

All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. 

Voting closes June 22nd, 2020 at 5:00PM. 

Voting Now Open for Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors 2020

Eight nominees, including 3 incumbents, are vying for four spots on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors – and we need you to vote!

All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. 

The election will be conducted electronically through the Music Nova Scotia website from June 1st at 11:00AM through June 22nd, 2020 at 5:00PM.

Your membership must be up to date to login to your profile.  ****If you have never accessed your profile, please register the email address associated with your membership with the website.  

Corporate and Non-Profit members receive two votes. Individual, band, small business, and venue memberships receive one vote, student memberships do not receive a vote.

Please Note:  Anyone with permitted access to your profile has access to vote, please discuss with your team/band members who will vote. Once a vote has been cast it can not be reset.

There are no additional voting logins or passwords required, please follow the steps below to vote:

1.  Login to your profile on the Music Nova Scotia website -   If you do not remember your password, please select the "Request New Password" link under the login box, we do not have access to your password.

2.  Scroll down to "My Projects" on the left hand side of the screen

3.  Select the "VOTE" button located in the my projects box, this will take you to the voting screen.  

4.  Once you have selected your votes click submit and you're done!

*** You must vote for 4 of the 8 candidates for your vote to be eligible ***

All voting for board positions will take place online.  No voting will take place at the AGM.

All members in good standing are eligible to vote with the exception of honorary and student memberships. To renew or become a member of Music Nova Scotia, please contact Darryl Smith at

Candidates: (in alphabetical order) – Full bios and photos can be found here.

Aaron Green
Dana Beeler
Dena Williams 
Jamie Robinson
Kyle Cunjak
Marc Perry 
Mark Adam
Victor Fraser 

All members are welcome to attend the 2020 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced. The location is subject to change due to Covid-19, and will possibly be held virtually.  Details will be sent to members if there is a change.

AGM Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 2169 Gottingen St.
Halifax, NS  B3K 3B5

AGM Agenda Considerations:

Minutes of preceding general meeting;
Consideration of the annual report of the Directors;
Consideration of the financial statements, including balance sheet and operating statement and the report of the auditors therein;
Election of Directors for the ensuing year;
Appointment of Auditors.

For more information contact:
Interim Executive Director 
Lisa Stitt
Music Nova Scotia

Phone: 902-423-0291
2169 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS  B3K 3B5


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