Folk Music Canada announces the appointment of Charlie Wall-Andrews as new Executive Director

September 8th, 2017

Folk Music Canada’s board of directors is delighted to announce that Charlie Wall-Andrews will be the Executive Director of FMC. FMCis a member-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Canadian folk music community and its industry. Charlie will manage and oversee all 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. 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.” – Matthew Large, President of the Board of Directors.

Regarded as a Top Forty Under 40 by the Northern Ontario Business Association (NOBA), Charlie Wall-Andrews has extensive experience working with non-profit and cultural organizations. Her areas of expertise include brand marketing, non-profit management, and strategy. Charlie is a creator herself, and has developed an impressive 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. Charlie holds a Degree in Music from Laurentian University and a Masters Degree in music from York University. In 2016, she received the Alumni Leadership Award from Laurentian University.

Charlie is a member of the Arts Consultants of Canada (ACCA). After having recently completed her term on the Board of Directors as Vice President 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 University and was Vice-President of CUPE 3903 (Canadian Union of Public Employees).

“I’m very pleased to be the next Executive Director of Folk Music Canada. 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.” – Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director.

FMC also says goodbye to outgoing Executive Director, Tamara Kater, who is moving on to new opportunities after almost six years with FMC. Tamara has worked tirelessly in building Folk Music Canada to be a dynamic music industry association. During her tenure, the organization grew substantially and entrenched itself as a critical part of the folk community and the Canadian music industry landscape.

FMC looks forward to working with Charlie to continue to raise awareness of the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.