On Tuesday June 20th, Metalworks Institute instructor Ron Rogers took 30 students from the Music Business class to Warner Music Canada‘s headquarters in Toronto, ON. Students had the opportunity to speak with both Steve Kane – the President of Warner Music Canada, and Steve Coady – Vice President of National Promotion.
Steve Kane joined Warner Music Canada after over fifteen years in the Canadian music industry. Prior to Warner, Kane was the Senior Vice President of Universal/Island/DefJam Canada from 1998 – 2001 and Senior Vice President of Polygram Records in Canada in 1997. During his career, he also held positions in marketing and promotions at independent label I.R.S. and A&M Records, before becoming General Manager of Virgin Records.
Steve Kane was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in May 2015.
Steve Coady began his career as a record industry executive with the A&M/Island/Motown division of PolyGram Records Canada, as the Halifax-based Sales and Promotion representative for Atlantic Canada. He was soon transferred to Toronto; where he went on to hold progressively senior Promotion positions with PolyGram, Sony Music Canada, Zomba Records Canada, and finally Warner Music Canada, where he has been Vice Presidentof National Promotion for 15 years.
In April 2016, Steve was named International Major Label Executive Of The Year at the prestigious Worldwide Radio Summit 2016 Industry Awards in Hollywood. In September 2016, he was named Record Company Person Of The Year at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. He is nominated for the Jo Walker Meador International Award at the 2017 CMA International Awards.
Both these experienced Music Business professionals took the time to make some remarks and answer many student questions. Students then went on a tour of the Warner offices, getting a first hand look at what it’s like to work in the music business!