Mark co-founded the Nettwerk Music Group in 1984. He has helped to oversee the company’s creative affairs, as well as the company’s overseas operations and Nettwerk’s publishing division. From its small origins in the 1980s, Nettwerk’s publishing division went on to represent Canadian artist as Sarah McLachlan and the Great Lake Swimmers, Ria Mae, Banners, and Mother Mother, as well as such international artists as Sinead O’Connor, Squeeze, MFDoom, and many others. In the last few years Nettwerk’s publishing arm has become a more boutique publisher, with the hope of serving a smaller group of writers very effectively.
Beyond his responsibilities at Nettwerk, Mark is presently on the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) Board and the head of its Programming Committee, and has been on the FACTOR Board and the head of its Programming Committee, as well as on the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) Advisory Committee.
Mark’s love of music is not only reflected in having been in the industry for almost 40 years; he has continued to play in bands of one kind or another the whole time. He is now a cellist in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and is the VP of the Orchestra’s Board. He also plays in a Vancouver based quartet.
Rhonda is a member of Manitoba Music, a Recording Academy Voting Member, FACTOR Juror, Indigenous Music Award Juror, Advisory Committee Member for Indigenous Music, Manitoba Arts Network Indigenous Liaison, host for Indigenous Super Stars, a singer/songwriter/composer, grant writer, and recording artist.
Rhonda has received 16 music nominations in total and won six international music awards since she began her music career in 2010. Rhonda has had the opportunity to perform in some of the most amazing venues – Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre, the Viper Room, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 5 Lands Walk Festival in NSW, Australia, and numerous other venues.
Rhonda also recently released an autobiography called Mezzo-Soprano – Memoirs of a Rez Girl. It wasn’t always an easy road for Rhonda, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 22. Rhonda took a year off to recuperate from the 11.5 hour surgery. When she thought her life was back on track she received devastating news when she was 30 that the tumour grew back. Once again, she took time off and took care of her health. Despite the setbacks and challenges, Rhonda continued to follow her passion of music. Rhonda is pleased to share her music with you. Rhonda says, “Follow your heart, before your mind changes it.”