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CEO of peermusic , Mary Megan Peer , to give Keynote at CMW
Mary Megan Peer , CEO of peermusic , will be a keynote speaker on Thursday , June 8th at this year ’ s Canadian Music Week . peermusic is the largest privately-owned music publishing company in the world , operating in 38 offices from 31 countries with over a million titles owned or administered and over 200 employees across the globe .
Mary Megan has established herself as a leader in the global music industry through her Wall Street background and impressive acquisition signings for peermusic . Her recent signing includes 6x GRAMMY award-winning apl . de . ap and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas , Jonathan Yip and Jeremy Reeves of the production group The Stereotypes and songwriter Poo Bear . peermusic also acquired the music publishing catalogue of Canadian Hall
MARY MEGAN PEER of Fame inductee , Corey Hart as well as the entire catalogue of 2023 Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee , Loreena McKennitt .
Mary Megan ’ s leadership has set the standard for international publishing administration , and other global music publishers have joined peermusic for sub-publishing . She has also led the expansion of peermusic ’ s presence in other countries such as Korea and china and became the first Western independent publishing company to directly sign Chinese writers .
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Announces Megumi Masaki as Director of Music
The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has welcomed Megumi Masaki as Director of Music . Beginning May 1st , Megumi will lead the vision and implementation of Music programming at Banff Centre , developing and nurturing emerging artists alongside world-class faculty . Megumi will guide and deepen music programming , meeting the needs of Canadian and international artists in the 21st century and increasing the profile and reach of our nationally and internationally renowned programs .
Music programs at Banff Centre provide time and space for artists to push boundaries in honing their skills on the path to realizing their potential . During their time on campus , musicians can focus on their artistic development , with the opportunity to perform and record , while receiving inspiration and career advice from expert faculty members . Music facilities at Banff Centre range from intimate spaces to the spectacular , housing a variety of theatres , recital halls , practice rooms , recording studios , and production facilities .
Megumi is a pianist , multimedia artist , educator , and curator . For over thirty years , she has established an international reputation as a leading interpreter of Canadian and new music , and as an innovator that reimagines the pianist , piano and performance space . As a Japanese Canadian artist , her work is connected deeply to building community , acting on Truth and Reconciliation calls to action , and how human rights and environmental issues can be communicated through music and multimedia performances to create narratives that speak truth to power .
Megumi ’ s collaborations with composers , visual artists , writers , filmmakers , choreographers and scientists have resulted in the creation of 74 original works and she has premiered over 180 works worldwide . She has released three documentary films and fifteen CD , DVD , LP and digital recordings that include solo piano , chamber music , electroacoustic and multimedia works . Her latest album and documentary film TRANSFOR- MATION with T . Patrick Carrabré , Keith Hamel , and Bob Pritchard under the Centrediscs label was released on March 3 , 2023 .
Megumi is featured at major festivals and venues across Canada and around the world . She is a Full Professor at Brandon University and Director of the New Music Ensemble and New Music Festival . A highly
regarded teacher , Megumi is regularly invited to give lectures and masterclasses to international institutions . Megumi is a Member of the Order of Manitoba , an elected member of several national music boards , and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada .
Banff Centre has been training artists since 1933 in the Canadian Rockies . Music has been offered since 1936 when courses in musical composition , interpretation and performance were added to the community theatre training programs . Over the decades Banff Centre became a leading force in the education of classical and jazz musicians from across Canada and around the world through its innovative and intensive programs .