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Manitoba Music has a new, yet familiar, face at its helm.
Sean McManus will take on the role of executive director of the local music industry organization in January. He will replace Sara Stasiuk, who will step down at the end of December after 13 years with Manitoba Music.
McManus has been with Manitoba Music for the past seven years in different positions, including program manager and training coordinator.
McManus first joined Manitoba Music in 2002 as training coordinator, helping to establish the professional development program and the Music Industry Resource Centre. A graduate of both the Brandon University School of Music and York University — where he obtained a Masters degree in Musicology and Ethnomusicology — McManus has instructed students of all ages, from elementary to undergrad, in music and theatre. He served as a director of the Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival and the Brandon Jazz Festival before returning to Manitoba Music in 2007. In 2014 — the Year of Music — McManus served on the Winnipeg Juno Host Committee and as the chair of the host committee for BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards.
"Sean has a wealth of experience in the music industry on both a local and international scale and a long history with our association as an innovative, creative, and strong leader," says Manitoba Music’s president, Paul Jordan, in a release. "Working closely with our membership and industry stakeholders over the years, he has helped to develop many of our key programs. Sean’s vision, passion, and experience make him a natural choice to guide Manitoba Music into a new era of continued growth and will provide a seamless transition for the organization."