Becoming a teacher was a surprise to me. Although my father had been in education, I did not think that there was a place for me since I had not finished college! But the opportunity arose to teach based upon my experience and success in the music industry, and I have been grateful ever since. 40 years and still the best job in the world!
This was my "field of dreams". There was not one day in all of those decades when I did not want to go in to work. As a matter of fact, that was the best part of my working day; arriving for a fresh start on some new subjects. It was the students and the people that I worked with who made it such a great time. The Music Industry Arts office was always humming eight to ten hours a day and many times on the weekend as well.. We all loved being there as much as the students did. I told incoming classes that even if they did not end up in the music business, that their two years at Fanshawe would be some of the happiest of their lives, and many reaffirm that is so to this very day.
In 2016 I was privileged to receive the Alumni Association "Honorary Alumni" Award at the Hall of Fame dinner. It was completely unexpected but very welcome. I have to thank the students that I have had over the years for keeping me on my toes and challenging me to keep up with their dreams. I always told them that I had the best job in the world and after their two years of MIA, many of them agreed. It was a great place to be a teacher and to be a student.
President of Fanshawe College Peter Devlin
with Colleen Breen President of the Alumni Association presenting the Honorary Alumni Award to Terry McManus
Here is the group of people who made each day a pleasure. The Faculty of Music Industry Arts were some of the finest people and best teachers you would care to meet. Not only were they very talented, they were all "can do" people who never met a challenge they shied away from; if we could dream it, we could do it!
From left to right. Jan Greene, Don Geppert, Geoff Warder,Bill Seddon, Jack Richardson, Terry McManus, Steve Malison.
Oh how lucky we were!
In 1975 Tom Lodge, a former Radio Caroline DJ and visionary, became the first Coordinator of an amazing new program at Fanshawe College called Music Industry Arts. It was a completely new way to approach getting into the music industry. Both Eric Atkinson and Fred Steinmetz played an important part of getting it off the ground. Now almost 40 years later, the landscape is populated with all kinds of schools trying to do the same thing. Trailblazers!
I was hired as the first Music Production teacher for the 2nd and 3rd year students of that program. There had been a predecessor program called Creative Electronics which leaned very much to the experimental side. It was my job to take those existing students and prepare them for a career in the commercial music business! It was a challenge but it was also the beginning of my teaching career that has lasted all of these years and I have been happy to see hundreds of my students make a contribution to our cultural industries..... and have a great time with their music!
TOM LODGE ERIC ATKINSON FRED STEINMETZ
Unbeknownst to me, sitting in one of my classes was a student with his own unique and exciting vision of being a teacher. But Colin Mills took it a step further and helped Algonquin College in his hometown of Ottawa to start their own Music Industry Arts Program. Thanks to Colin's foresight and hard work, young musicians from the Ottawa area and beyond now have another place to grow their dreams. I am very proud to teach Entertainment Contracts online to their students and to be a part of their highly motivated and talented faculty.
The Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) began in the mid 1980's when a group of songwriters led by Terry McManus were concerned with the lack of input songwriters were having in the music industry, as well as the apparent absence of real copyright registration in Canada. With the help of Stephen Stohn (lyricist and lawyer) and esteemed songwriters such as Eddie Schwartz and Rich Dodson, the Songwriters Association of Canada was founded (originally under the name Canadian Songwriters Association). Gradually the organization has grown from establishing an industry presence to the nurturing of aspiring songwriters including workshops and song review opportunities through song assessments and “Date with a Demo.”
The Canadian Song Vault
Originally named the Canadian Song Depository, this was one of my two reasons for seeking to establish the SAC. Copyright registration in Canada was not possible under the existing system and I wanted some way for Canadian writers to be able to protect their intellectual property in our own country. SAC has done a great job of building on this idea and today it is an important part of the process for many songwriters.
The Canadian Music Industry Primer marked another milestone in Canadian music; up until the time it was published in 2006, there had never been a comprehensive book about the Canadian Music Industry and an explanation of all of the steps, creative, technological and business, that it takes to be successful. This text has been adopted by Algonquin College in Ottawa and Centennial College in Toronto as well as Fanshawe. It is under considertion by 2 colleges and it is quickly becoming the standard reference text for the Canadian Music Industry.
In 1971 I became the first Pop Music Officer for the OAC and oversaw a recording program run by Merv Buchanan that saw many young artists who had no access to recording studios have their first chance to record. I also arranged a series of regional concerts culminating at the first pop music concert at Ontario Place for which I was the Executive Producer