Toronto’s favourite new music forerunners, Soundstreams, has announced the appointment of Emma Fowler as the organization’s Interim Executive Director.
Fowler will replace Menon Dwarka, who stepped down to pursue new opportunities after serving in the role since January 2020.
“Emma is uniquely qualified to enable Soundstreams to seize unparalleled opportunities in the next phase of our development,” said Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director, Soundstreams. “Her strong track record in our artistic planning and production has given her a deep understanding not only of the scope and depth of Soundstreams’ programming, but also of its potential to reach ever-broader audiences on the local, national and international stage, on platforms both live and virtual.”
Fowler began her career with Soundstreams in 2016 and advanced to Director of Artistic Planning and Outreach. An experienced leader in the non-profit sector, her skills include events production, administration, and education.
“The pandemic has transformed the way we work and produce art,” said Fowler. “…I’m excited to continue to find new ways to support Canadian artists and engage diverse audiences through this new lens.”
Despite his short tenure, outgoing executive director Menon Dwarka was pivotal in coordinating the office relocation to the Canadian Music Centre and developing a new Insider program designed to maintain audience engagement during the pandemic. He also led the creation of a new The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation Fund for Women Composers that resulted in an organizational record in individual donations the first month after launch.
Dwarka told Ludwig Van he decided to leave after reflecting on the diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts sector, especially during the upheaval during the pandemic. He “realized that there was a tremendous amount of good [he] could do helping organizations acclimate to the changing world around us.”
Dwarka will continue his consulting work in the arts sector, serving on boards and organizations like the Canadian Opera Company and Humber College as a voice for equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts. He is also working on upcoming lectures as part of the HotDocs’ Curious Minds series.
With a new spring in its step, Soundstreams has promoted Tim Crouch to Director, Communications, Marketing, Operations. They have also hired a new intern from the Arts Administration and Cultural Management course at Humber College to assist with marketing, communications, and development.
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