Growing the Music Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Staff & Directors

Rhonda Tulk-Lane ICD.D, Executive Director

Rhonda’s job is to let the musicians master their instruments, while she conducts the business of growing the industry.

She enjoys the challenge of wearing many different hats. Success oriented herself, Rhonda is equally concerned with helping her team and members achieve success in their lives by providing strategic direction, resources and sage guidance.

STRATEGY: Rhonda brings the following assets to MusicNL: over 20 years leadership and experience in board governance and  a decade working with corporate Canada through the chamber of commerce movement. As a former lobbyist and advocate she will represent her member’s voice to the three levels of government and stakeholders.

COACHING: Rhonda has a passion for helping those around her succeed. She will coach her team and members to step up and move forward aligning with the new strategy that MusicNL will put into play in 2021.

PERFORMANCE: To this end, her best advice is to stay positive and have an “I CAN ATTITUDE”. Past President of Positive Thinkers Club, St. John’s Chapter, Rhonda truly believes that hard work and a positive attitude will change your world and get you where you want to go!

Contact: rhonda at musicnl.ca | 754-2754 ext 1

David Shears, Program Manager

Dave has been involved in the music industry as an artist for the last ten years. As the co-founder of bands RocketRocketShip and Lookalike, he has performed in venues all across Canada as well as internationally. Dave has an honours diploma in Executive Office Administration from the College of the North Atlantic, as well as a plethora of experience in booking, budgeting, marketing, and networking within the music industry.

Contact: david at musicnl.ca 754-2574 ext 2

Anthony Carew, Events & Outreach Coordinator

Through charities like Free the Children and Make a Wish Foundation, event production and promotion were the first ventures into the music industry for Anthony. Before finishing high school, he spearheaded music-based initiatives that lead to funding the building of a school in Kenya and made a terminally ill child’s dream come true. Midway through an interdisciplinary degree in English and Business, music journalism presented itself as an opportunity. This provided a look into the industry and how all the various facets came together. Anthony grew up listening to: Anthrax, Megadeth, Misfits, Cradle of Filth, and Twisted Sister. Some of the most valuable lessons were given off-the-record. 2016 saw the launch of Still Heavy Productions, which has grown to assist with band management, production, promotion, mixing, mastering, and grant writing. Anthony enjoys pursuing continued eduction and is currently enrolled in the music licensing online course from Berklee. Photo Credit: Rick Tizzard

Contact: anthony at musicnl.ca | 754-2574 ext 4

Mia Penney, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Mia Penney artist, and graphic designer by training, Mia has been involved with a variety of projects across Canada providing branding, social media input, web-design and graphics from real estate agencies to local craft producers and trades, with logo design being one of her specialties.

Contact: mia at musicnl.ca | 754-2574 ext 3

Tandai Marazayne, Operations Analyst Intern


Contact: Tendai at musicnl.ca | | 754-2574 ext 5


Amy House

Over the span of her career Amy has been a performer, comedienne, writer, producer, director and arts advocate. Amy is the president of ACTRA Newfoundland and sits on the Board of Business & Arts NL. Amy recently completed fourteen years as Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.  There she was at the heart of the development and production of over fifty original plays by Newfoundland playwrights. A comic with an irrepressible fondness for improvisation, Amy is a much sought-after performer for many special events and private functions. She is currently working in television production with Tyndrum Media Inc. as the Host of From Inside the Circle as well as Audience Relations and Communications Director.

Marlene Cahill

Marlene is the Newfoundland branch representative for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists, otherwise known as ACTRA. She has over 35 years as an administrator for such cultural organizations as Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Wonderbolt Productions, Innu Education Authority, NAXX, CornerBoys Productions and White Rooster Theatre.  Marlene was awarded the Patron of the Arts in 2014 for her ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.   She served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Resource Centre for the Arts which successfully conducted and achieved the renovation of the historic LSPU Hall and was a founding member of CAPE (the Artist Emergency Fund).

Thea Morash

Théa has been working in the arts in St. John’s for her entire adult life (and then some). She mostly sings, acts, and writes, but has lately been making podcasts too. She also works as the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator for the City of St. John’s

Ann Anderson

A long time cultural manager and arts consultant, Ann worked on cultural funding and development initiatives with the federal government for a number of years, most latterly as Manager of Federal Tourism Partnerships. Projects included the development and implementation of a cultural strategy for the Gros Morne region and cultural trade initiatives for NL in Canada, the US and Europe. A former Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Resource Centre for the Arts, and the Artists’ Coalition of NL, she is a co-founder of Rising Tide Theatre and the founding curator of the Festival of New Dance.

Ann has served on numerous regional and national boards and committees, including the Canada Council for the Arts, Trade Team Canada-Newfoundland, The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, the Juno’s-NL, and Contact East.

David Smallwood

What do you do when you retire from a business you’ve owned for twenty odd years? You start a new career of course. My life has taken me from being President and Founder of Academy Canada to research for the Forestry Sector to CEO of the Rotary Arts Centre. Along the way I’ve been involved in raising money for our 1999 Canada Winter Games, to being Event Chair of the ECMA event hosted by the City of Corner Brook in 2009, along with a 40 year career on the Board of Directors of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and other community and government organizations.  

In 2012, the late Tina Dolter and myself dreamed a dream of a new arts facility for our city. By 2015 we were able to open the Rotary Arts Centre and it is that facility and its programming that has brought me to this new position as a Board member of MusicNL. A challenge for sure but as with most things in our arts’ communities, a lot of fun.

Glen Tilley

With over four decades in the entertainment industry Glen Tilley has an impressive and award winning background in music, drama, comedy and documentary as Producer, Director, Writer, Musician, Recording Engineer and Host.

As the senior music producer for CBC Radio/Television he produced and recorded many of the top acts in Canadian contemporary music including Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Slean, hey Rosetta!, Great Big Sea, Amelia Curran, Ron Hynes, Matt Mayes, Duane Andrews, Rose  Cousins, Joel Plaskett, Jully Black, The Dardanelles and The Once; and International artists such as traditional Scottish and U.S. superstars, Alistair Fraser and Natalie Haus, Irish traditional singer Sean Keane, Irish fiddle virtuoso Liz Carroll and guitarist John Doyle, Uakti from Brazil, Master Drummers from Gambia and Cassiber from Germany.

He has also produced and arranged over seventy sound tracks for CBC Drama.

He has recorded and worked with practically everyone in our regional arts scene from legendary artists such as Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, Minnie White, CODCO, Figgy Duff, Ron Hynes and The Wonderful Grand Band through to Great Big Sea, hey Rosetta, The Once, Amelia Curran and everyone in between.

As the Executive Producer for CBC Arts and Entertainment he brokered the deal that brought the ECMA’s to CBC Television and then produced the first three televised East Coast Music Award Shows. A long time champion of songwriters he created many singer songwriter series and negotiated agreements that bought the Juno, ECMA and MusicNL Songwriter Circles to national audiences.


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