Announced today, the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is thrilled to welcome seasoned music industry professional, Verle Mobbs, as Operations Manager of the CMAO. Effective January 2, Mobbs will take over the day-to-day operations of the Association.
“We are excited to have someone with the skill set and experience of Verle taking on the role of Operations Manager,” says CMAO President Sam Arraj. “Her passion for country music and her years of experience in the music industry are exactly what the CMAO needs. I’m confident she will help the organization grow and prosper.”
“We also want to thank Heather Ostertag, who has served as Interim Executive Director for the past seven months,” Arraj continues. “She has provided us the foundation to take the next step on our journey. Her, vision, grace and experience will be missed.”
Over the course of her career in the music industry, Mobbs has overseen prestigious award shows, including the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, the Canadian Independent Music Awards and the Canadian Radio Music Awards. During her 15 years at Canadian Music Week, she has contributed to the organization as its General Manager, gaining a wealth of industry knowledge and relationships.
“The CMAO has been making great strides to bring Ontario’s country artists to the forefront and I’m excited to join them in the mission,” says Mobbs. “The enthusiasm of the team and their collective efforts are inspiring. I look forward to working with them in building the capacity of the Association and in strengthening the country music sector in Ontario.”
The CMAO was formed in 2007 by Rob MacArthur, founding patron Linda Wright and a number of interested and enthusiastic individuals who thought it was time to have a voice for country music in Ontario. The Association brings together the talent and the industry professionals. Its mandate is to foster and support the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAO has now hosted two annual Awards Shows with the assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music. These sold-out events featured performances from Ontario’s top talent including Michelle Wright, Jason McCoy, Small Town Pistols, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Tebey, Tim Hicks, Autumn Hill, Marshall Dane and many more. The CMAO is also proud to have presented last month its first educational conference, the highly successful two-day Road to Independence, with the financial contribution of the OMDC and presenting sponsor CMT.