Folk Music Canada’s board of directors have announced that Charlie Wall-Andrews will be the Executive Director, taking charge of FMC’s operations, programming, member services, and advocacy work.
"Folk Music Canada has solidified our voice in the Canadian music scene conversation and we are poised to continue to make a marked contribution to the future growth of the industry, while continuing to advocate for Canadian musicians,” Board President Matthew Large said in a statement yesterday. “Charlie Wall-Andrews understands this commitment to excellence and will foster the growth of FMC through the next phase of our program. We are very proud to have her join the team.”
Regarded as a Top Forty Under 40 by the Northern Ontario Business Association (NOBA), Wall-Andrews has extensive experience working with non-profit and cultural organizations. Her areas of expertise include brand marketing, non-profit management, and strategy.
A creator herself, she has developed a portfolio of visual art, musical compositions and arrangements. In 2016, she completed her fellowship with the Cultural Leaders Lab with the Toronto Arts Council and Banff Centre for the Arts. Wall-Andrews also holds a Degree in Music from Laurentian U and a Master’s Degree in music from York U. In 2016, she received the Alumni Leadership Award from Laurentian.
She is a member of the Arts Consultants of Canada (ACCA). After having recently completed her term on the Board of Directors as VP on Choral Canada, she is now serving on the Board of Directors of WorkInCulture, and the Telus GTA Community Investment Board. Prior to this, she served on the Board of Governors and Senate for Laurentian U and was VP of CUPE 3903 (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
"I'm very pleased to be the next ED of Folk Music Canada,” Wall-Andrews says. “The organization has a proud history of being the national voice for the folk music community in Canada. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to evolve the organization to ensure it can continue to support its members, and collaborate with its stakeholders to champion Canadian folk music at home and abroad."
FMC also says goodbye to outgoing Executive Director Tamara Kater, who is moving on to new opportunities after almost six years with FMC.
She currently oversees the SOCAN Foundation and has been interim ED at FMC for the past two months.