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Grand Falls-Windsor native Glenda Tulk has been appointed executive director of Music Newfoundland and Labrador (Music NL).

Glenda Tulk is the executive director with Music NL.

 

Tulk had been serving in that capacity, on an interim basis, since November of 2015.

A glimpse at her resume, and it’s evident she is well qualified for the job.

Tulk has over three decades of experience managing, developing and marketing high profile events, many of which were related to the music industry.

A long-time advocate of the province’s music industry, Tulk describes musicians in this province as talented and well trained.

“I’ve always been interested in promoting our Newfoundland music, which is not just the folk and traditional music. We have a number of phenomenal rock musicians, jazz and blues musicians, country, electronic – the whole gamut of musicians,” Tulk said.

Tulk is well versed in everything from fundraising to budgeting; from media relations to tourism product packaging.

In 2015 she was event manager for the Unscripted Twillingate-Digital Arts Festival and held a similar role prior to that with the East Coast Music Week Awards.

Her previous positions also include executive director of the Emerald Zone Economic Development Corporation in Springdale and event manager of the 2010 JUNO Host Committee’s “Ruckus on the Edge.”

Tulk also served as operations manager for the East Coast Music Association’s Festival, Conference and Awards Show held in Corner Brook in 2009.

Her work as event manager over the years has taken her outside the music industry and into the world of sports, in particular national skiing championships.

A former host of a 13-week talk show on the local Cable 9 Channel in Grand Falls-Windsor, Tulk has also given her time to causes such as family violence prevention and mental health initiatives.

 

Growth

The province’s music industry has grown more professional and polished over the years, Tulk said.

“You can tell there is a change in how musicians are trying to better themselves and the venues that book them are being held more accountable about how they treat them and how they pay them,” she said.

In terms of what’s ahead for Music NL, Tulk said one of the goals is to change the mindset of people who think Music NL is restricted to musicians on the Avalon Peninsula.

As is evident in the name, Music NL, it is there for all musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador, she said.

“We’ve been hosting a lot of events in Corner Brook, we’ve been supporting events in Trepassey, we are helping out a lot of small festivals and we held our annual strategic planning session in Grand Falls-Windsor in January,” Tulk said.

Music NL has also held Open Mic events in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.

This year’s annual four-day Conference and Awards Show will be held in Bonavista in October.

“This year we’ve had over 60 applications for showcasing (at the awards show),” Tulk said which is almost twice as many as last year.

A former town councillor with the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and former member of the town’s heritage society, Tulk describes the town as a wonderful place to raise a family.

“It has everything anybody would need: good schools, lots of arts and sports. I still have a daughter and two sisters there so I go back from time to time.”

Tulk has worked in different areas of the province.

While she enjoys spending time at her cottage in Green Bay, her main focus is currently on promoting the province’s musicians – whether they are young upstarts or veteran musicians.

“We have a fabulous staff here. We have an open door policy. And I’m just delighted to be here at the helm.”

For more information on Music NL visit www.musicnl.ca

 

danette@nl.rogers.com

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