Export Development Program

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Presented by Folk Music Ontario, the 2018 Export Development Program (EDP) assists folk musicians and businesses in accessing new markets in Canada, USA, UK and India by bringing more than 25 delegates (festival ADs, presenters, agents, publicists, etc.) to the Folk Music Ontario conference.

EDP delegates are matched with more than 50 participating artists for one-on-one meetings, mentoring and networking receptions. In addition to these closed events, Export Development Program delegates are available throughout the conference as they attend networking events and lead panels focusing on export topics.

While delegate recruitment is still ongoing (check back weekly for updates), the following delegates have been confirmed for the 2018 Export Development Program:


Anya Siglin The Ark Ann Arbor, MI Midwest USA
Ben Mandelson WOMEX London Europe
Bev Burton Killer B Music / Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge England
Bradford First SXSW Austin, TX SW USA
Craig Grossman Green Room Music Source Nashville, TN SW USA
David Agnew The Met / Manchester Folk Festival Manchester England
David Hayman Supergroup Toronto, ON Canada
Doug Cox Vancouver Island Music Fest Comox, BC W Canada
Heather Gibson NAC Presents Ottawa, ON E Canada
Lisa Whytock Active Events / Showcase Scotland Glasgow Scotland
Matthew Smith Club Passim Boston, MA NE USA
Michelle Demers-Shaevitz Mission Folk Festival Mission, BC W Canada
Neil Pearson Sounds Just Fine London England
Sander Kahu Viljandi Folk Music Festival Tallinn Estonia