In November of 2014, Ms. Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live, Canada’s new live music industry association, after serving as the Canadian Arts Presenting Associations’ (CAPACOA) Executive Director for six and a half years. She had formerly joined CAPACOA after eight years as the first Executive Director at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF, now Folk Music Ontario) which followed a decade-long career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter.
She brings a strong vision for the live music sector that focuses on relationship building, networking, out-reach and strategic advocacy. Throughout her career, she has lead a variety of major sector initiatives including CAPACOA’s “The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada” and the development of the national mentorship program The Succession Plan (TSP). Currently she is the Co-Chair of the Ontario Live Music Working Group with the Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and a Vice-Chair of the Ottawa 2017 Juno’s host committee.
Erin grew up in Toronto, attended Concordia University in Montreal where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree (theatre), and has made Ottawa her home since 2003. She has served on a variety of non-profit Boards including the East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International, the Songwriters Association of Canada and Creative Industries Ontario North.