The Toronto Musicians Association (TMA), local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians of United States and Canada, representing professional musicians in Toronto for over 100 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Adam Murray as our new Executive Director, effective August 24th, 2015.
Michael comes to the TMA from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), where he has held the role of Music and Arts Service Organizations Officer since 2007. His skills and experience are broad, yet his focus has been on the music and larger arts community in Ontario and the Toronto area. As a musician (trumpet, electronics and voice), songwriter and as a professional with CPA, CMA and MBA designations, Michael’s combination of skills led to exceptional development work with OAC. He is an exciting leader, well poised to lead the TMA into the next 100 years of development.
As the Music industry continues to go through seismic changes across all sectors, it is vital that we continue to grow and change to ensure that the TMA is part of the conversation in the larger music and arts community and that we continue to provide services that ensure fair compensation and quality of life for all musicians.
“As a songwriter, trumpet player and vocalist myself, I understand firsthand the immense rewards and challenges in pursuing a career as a professional musician. When fairness for artists is achieved, all stakeholders in the cultural industries benefit, from artists, to audiences, to communities to companies. It is my vision that the TMA is a leader in making the Greater Toronto Area the best region nationally and internationally for musicians to live and work and by doing so help the GTA protect and grow it’s reputation as one of the world’s major music and art centres.”