New Director of BC for Canadian Music Centre

ed441f7c-32cf-46a5-9dd7-238b63b601a0October 27, 2015, Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Centre / Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Bickerton as Director – B.C. Region.

Sean Bickerton has spent his entire life dedicated to the performing arts. He studied violin, French horn, piano, singing and acting in his youth, later playing violin professionally in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra while studying violin performance at the University of Victoria. He also served as concertmaster of the University of Victoria Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

“I relish the opportunity to serve as a champion for Canadian music and culture in my home province of BC,” says Bickerton. “I look forward to working closely with CMC’s cadre of internationally recognized composers with the goal of creating rich experiences for the devoted family of patrons dedicated to their exquisite music.”

As an arts executive, Bickerton was most recently Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society. Previously he was a Vice President of Columbia Artists Management Inc. in New York where he produced North American tours for celebrated European orchestras and managed Grammy Award-winning classical artists.

In addition to producing Ricky Martin’s first stadium concerts in China, Bickerton is co-founder of KultureShock.Net, a website service for more than 160 performing artists and has presented web and social media seminars for the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Magazine, Van Cliburn Competition and Chamber Music America.

Bickerton moved back to Vancouver in 2006 and has been closely involved in arts and community issues ever since – running for city council twice, serving on the Vancouver Recital Society board, heading up a task force for the Langley Community Music School, producing Vancouver 2050: Creative City arts conference, and serving on the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council. He takes over the leadership of CMC BC from Bob Baker who ran the Regional Centre for six years of exciting growth and expansion.

CMC Executive Director Glenn Hodgins said of the appointment. “I’m delighted that Sean has joined our team. He will bring enormous experience, background and musicianship to an already vibrant office. I’m very excited to be able to work with him.”

The CMC’s Regional Chair for B.C., George Laverock commented: “I am thrilled that Sean is joining our team, and we are looking forward to having his wisdom and energy at the helm of our B.C. Creative Hub”.

About the Canadian Music Centre
The CMC has been connecting Canadians and sharing our stories, through music, for over half a century. At five regional offices across the country, the CMC provides access for performing organizations, the cultural community and individuals to an extensive collection of music and recordings (both digital and on-site). By supporting innovative programming, promoting composers and performers and engaging audiences, we maintain the rich legacy of Canadian concert music and ensure the voice of our composers is heard by generations to come. Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at musiccentre.ca, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter (@cmcnational).

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For further information, please contact:
Allegra Swanson
Director of Communications and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x 304
Email: aswanson@musiccentre.ca