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Dan Kershaw, Education and Outreach Manager

Dan Kershaw brings the experience of a life all wormy with guitars and records to his role as SOCAN Education & Outreach Manager, along with many years of more or less gainful employment in Toronto in the concert business as a production coordinator at Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall, followed by lots of fat in the fire as music programming assistant at Harbourfront Centre. Member outreach and public speaking on behalf of SOCAN are special aspects of his job, which keep him out and about at shows, seminars, and industry events. In addition, Dan sneaks out of the house to write and perform with the Juno-nominated alt-country group The Brothers Cosmoline, and was a 2002 winner of the OCFF/Galaxie Songs from the Heart songwriting competition. Dan is on the board of the Songwriters Association of Canada and is a passionate believer in the power of late 50's Gibson flat-tops.

Terry O'Brien, Education and Outreach Manager

Based in Vancouver, BC, Terry O’Brien is SOCAN’s Education & Outreach Manager for the West Coast Division. Terry has over 30 years' experience in the music industry as a music publisher, composer, musician and recording artist, producer, DJ, consultant and teacher, as well as wholesale and retail music sales. Prior to joining SOCAN in 2000, Terry held the position of Vice President & General Manager of BMG Music Publishing Canada Inc. During his time at BMG, Terry was also a Director of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), BMG Ricordi Canada and sat as an Executive Board Member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). He has served twice as a Juno Awards judge, a FACTOR Super Jury member and has appeared on numerous panels for SOCAN, Canadian Music Week, New Music West, North by Northeast, New Forms Festival, Western Canadian Music Week, Winter Music Conference and Canadian Country Music Week, among others. In 2002 Terry returned again to his creative roots and has since released three independent CDs of ambient soundscapes on his own micro label, Disappearing Music.

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