Shain Shapiro is a freelance music industry consultant and researcher, based in London, UK. Originally from Toronto, ON, Shapiro is currently the freelance UK and EU representative for the Canadian Independent Music Association. He is the artistic director for Canada Day in London (the largest Canada Day outside of Canada) and Nuit Boréale in Paris and staged a Canada Day event in Berlin in 2011. Furthermore, he is the UK and EU marketing manager for the Polaris Music Prize, a part-time consultant with Canadian Music Week, Arts & Crafts Records, Manitoba Music, and HootSuite. Shain has worked with over twenty Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates across Europe and is in constant contact with Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Trade Commissioners, as well as all of Canada’s funding structures and organizations including FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, Radio Starmaker Fund and regional bodies.
In addition, Shain is a PhD candidate at the London Consortium, University of London. His thesis is titled “A History of Popular Music Funding in Canada and the Culture of Canadian.” He teaches part-time at Middlesex University, leading the final year ‘Music Contracts and Copyrights’ course. He is the recipient of the London Consortium bursary. He completed his MA (with full scholarship) at the University of Amsterdam and holds a BA from McMaster University and Leeds University. He has also sat on advisory panels at UK Music and Arts Council England.
Shain also liaises with all other ‘global music export offices’ around the world and is in the process of co-founding an international body to represent music export and exchange offices while founding his own popular music and government relations consultancy, Sound Diplomacy. He moved to Europe in 2004 and lives in Dalston, North London.