Erin Benjamin, Executive Director
In November of 2014, Ms Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live, the voice of Canada’s Live Music Industry, after serving as the Canadian Arts Presenting Associations’ (CAPACOA) Executive Director for six and a half years. She had formerly joined CAPACOA after eight years as the first Executive Director at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF, now known as Folk Music Ontario) which followed a decade-long career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter.
She brings a strong vision for the live music sector that focuses on relationship building, networking, out-reach and strategic advocacy. Throughout her career she has helped to lead a variety of major sector initiatives including the inaugural Canadian Live Music Industry Awards (CMW, 2015), Live Music Measures Up (Music Canada, 2015), and CAPACOA’s “The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada” (2013).
Erin grew up in Toronto, attended Concordia University in Montreal where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree (theatre), and has made Ottawa her home since 2003. She has served on a variety of non-profit Boards including the East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) and MFM (Music and Film In Motion, in Sudbury).
Currently Erin serves as the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports’ Co-Chair of the Ontario Live Music Working Group (drafting a live music strategy for the Province), is a member of the Ontario Media Development Corporations Music Industry Advisory Committee and is a board member of the Unison Benevolent Fund. Recently she enjoyed roles as both the Vice-Chair of the 2017 Ottawa Juno Host Committee and Co-Chair of Canadian Music Week 2017.
She lives in a vibrant downtown Ottawa neighbourhood with her awesome kids, son Oliver and daughter Toby.