Today, ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective announces the appointment of Keziah Myers as the organization’s first Executive Director.
Myers says, “This is when the work begins. The time is now to make change, and with the support of the entire ecosystem, we will be able to provide opportunities, change policies, and support Black owned businesses within the music industry. I am happy to be part of the leadership team, and look forward to the task at hand, which is based upon the bettering, uplifting, promoting and retaining Black talent within Canada.”
Effective immediately, the newly appointed Executive Director is chiefly responsible for the implementation of the vision and mission developed by the Board of Directors and will oversee the administration, program development and strategic plan of the organization across the goals identified. The role’s mandate is to ensure optimal use of organizational finances, staff and resources.
Keziah Myers brings a breadth of experience from her cross-collective role, working at both SOCAN and Re:Sound. Her main role was to educate media and non-media organizations about the importance of music licensing, and facilitate the initial process of getting songwriters their royalties. Myers previously held the position of Operations Lead for the A&R team at SOCAN, where she was instrumental in ensuring that hiring was reflective of the culture and creators. Myers has also held positions in Label Operations Management, Publicity, sat on entertainment & music organization boards, adjudicated as part of FACTOR and JUNO Award juries, and has been a guest presenter for colleges and high schools throughout Canada.
As a part of the major music movement in Canada, Myers continues to lend her time to organizations like SOCAN Foundation and On The One, a knowledge hub built specifically for the gospel community. Myers joined ADVANCE as a member shortly after its launch in summer 2020.