Export Buyers Program

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) is pleased to present the Export Buyers Program (EBP), taking place during the 2015 Conference, “The Culture of Convergence”. Approximately 15 of your international colleagues, leading performing arts presenters, have been invited as guests of CAPACOA to attend the conference and take part in the event.

The EBP encourages registered delegates to engage with, and build business relationships and export opportunities with, program participants through the following activities: speed dating sessions, one-on-one meetings, in the exhibit hall, pitch sessions, performances and showcases and interactive conference sessions. The EBP also offers registered delegates a wide variety of informal networking opportunities and other ways to connect with our colleagues visiting from around the world.


Confirmed Export Buyers Program Delegates:

Grímur Atlason 

Management and Bookings

Iceland Airwaves

Grimur Atlason is the current manager of Iceland Airwaves music festival. The festival takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland during the first weekend of November every year. Over 210 acts performs 250 official shows over the course of 5 days. On top of that over 670 shows takes place ‘off-venue’ at Iceland Airwaves.

This will be his sixth year managing Iceland Airwaves, which was established in 1999. During his time as manager, Grimur has worked with Flaming Lips, Björk, Caribou, Sigur Rós, Robyn, Jon Hopkins, Ásgeir, The War on Durgs, Beach House, Kraftwerk, John Grant, FM Belfast, Haim and many others.

Grimur has been promoting bands since he was 16. From his first gig with Happy Mondays to acting manager of Retro Stefson, he’s worked with hundreds of bands such as Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Antony and The Johnsons, Belle and Sebastian just to name a few.


Terri Dollar

Executive Director

Artsplosure/First Night Raleigh/Arts Alive Raleigh

Terri Dollar has served as the Program Director for Artsplosure for the past 17 years.   The prestigious award winning festivals she produces bring over 150,000 people to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina each year.   With a finger on the pulse of her audience, Terri is a creative and passionate arts leader who enthusiastically presents all forms of art and music. Artsplosure is celebrating 35 years as one of the leading Arts Festival organizations in the Southeastern US.

With a career in the entertainment industry spanning over 25 years, Terri serves as a consultant, advisor, and board member to a number of other festivals, special events, and arts organizations throughout North Carolina.   She is an active member of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium. Terri is known for her passion in collaboration and engaging the public in unique ways.  Terri especially is passionate about presenting emerging artists to her North Carolina audiences for the first time.  


Erika Elliott

Artistic Director

SummerStage NYC

In 2004, Ms. Elliott joined City Parks Foundation’s summer performing arts series SummerStage as Talent Buyer. In this role, she curated all of the festival’s music programming for SummerStage in Central Park, the citywide music series, CityParks Concerts and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. In 2010, during SummerStage's 25th anniversary, the iconic festival expanded its brand to include CityParks Concerts and Ms. Elliott was named SummerStage’s Artistic Director. Ms. Elliott is currently responsible for the festival’s overall artistic vision, from programming talent to developing larger thematic programs and complex commissions for the festival such as the 2012 commission of acclaimed musician Miguel Atwood Ferguson’s re-imagining of the famed 1950 Charlie Parker album, Charlie Parker with Strings, performed with a full orchestra for the 20th anniversary Charlie Parker Jazz festival.

Ms. Elliott’s knack for divining acts on the verge of major popularity while thoroughly authentic and respected in their given genres, is at the heart of SummerStage’s reputation for consistently staging must-see, annual blockbuster shows. Her keen vision and broad awareness of a host of musical styles and genres have kept SummerStage at the forefront of the festival circuit and ahead of the curve in the intensely competitive New York live-music market. Recent landmark performances by artists better known for playing in much larger venues include free performances by luminaries such as M.I.A, Feist, Nas, Esperanza Spaulding, Alabama Shakes, Miguel, The xx, Gary Clark Jr., and Vampire Weekend to name a few.


Joshua Gass

Creative Director 

The BETA Agency

Joshua Gass is the Creative Director and a Principal at The BETA Agency, a creative agency specializing in live event production and interactive marketing. The agency also runs a boutique record label, (TBA) Records which works with emerging artists in various genres. He worked as the Festival Director for the KAHBANG Music & Arts Festival from 2010 to 2014 and has recently helped to co-found Launchpad, an Arts Incubator that will produce two new music festival events in Maine in 2015. In addition he serves on the board of directors for both the Downtown Bangor Partnership and the Robinson Ballet Company. You can follow him on instagram @adventures_in_digital


Hank Knerr

Executive Director

The Lively Arts (Indianna University of Pennsylvania)

Hank Knerr serves as the Executive Director of the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania (USA) promoting, and presenting nearly 200 in-house and touring visual and performing arts events and projects each year. In his position, he also oversees extensive arts-in-education outreach activities, the IUP Community Music School, and performance facilities management. He currently serves as president of PA Presenters, a state organization dedicated to presenting guest performing artists. That organization presented him with the first Presenter of the Year Award in May 2009. He is also on the board of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and has served as a board member with the Indiana County Humane Society, Indiana Arts Council, and Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

Highly active in local, regional, and state arts advocacy and arts-in-education programs, he participates regularly as a conference panelist and consultant in the fields of performing arts presenting, community outreach, and arts-in-education. He has chaired several professional conferences, headed the planning for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governors Awards for the Arts, and has received grants from the Japan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trust, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Arts Midwest, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among others.


Jesse Lundy


Philadelphia Folk Festival

Jesse Lundy has been working as a concert promoter and publicist in Philadelphia area since 1995 (Electric Factory Concerts 95-97; and New Park Entertainment/Jack Utsick Presents 97-01). In 2002, he joined Point Entertainment as Talent Buyer and Publicist at award-winning listening room The Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. Since The Point closed in June of 2005, Point Entertainment has been producing shows at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, concerts series and special events at numerous venues including the Campus Philly Kickoff Concert. Since 2009, Point Entertainment has been programming the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He also manages The Brakes and John Francis and is proud to teach at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. Lundy is happily married.


Howard Monk


I started The Local after putting on shows with my own bands. I have worked at 93 Feet East and The Arts Council along the way and have morphed into a hybrid consultant -booking agent-promoter-curator-drummer which is less complicated than it sounds. I study, write, volunteer, and participate. I get a great feeling from working with others to help make things happen. Read my blog.


Tim Wilson

Executive Director

Western Arts Alliance

Tim Wilson is Executive Director of the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), the nonprofit membership organization serving performing arts touring and presenting in the western United States and Canada. Wilson presents frequently at meetings and conferences on the performing arts and nonprofit management including the Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (2007), the Government of Quebec Ministerial Forum (2010), Pacific Contact, Vancouver Canada (2014), and the Oregon Arts Commission (2014).


Luciano Mulder & Sandra Zuidema

Lucky Dice Music/LDM Bookings is a company owned and founded by Luciano Mulder & Sandra Zuidema who specializes in bringing Americana/roots/folk music from North America to mainly the Dutch audience, however we work in surrounding countries like Belgium and Germany as well. With our business we run an online mailorder and newsletter, a bookingagency and we do distribution, promo/publicity and tourmanagement and logistics as well. Sandra has a history of working and managing recordstores since 1991 and Luciano has a history of doing logistical work in telecommunication,  paintproduction and commercial signs. On the side he has done webdesign and cd import during those years.

After giving up other jobs we started our own business Lucky Dice Music in 2003. We started our business as an online mailorder and distribution specializing in bringing Americana/roots/singersongwriter music to the Netherlands. Since then our company has also branched out with a bookingagency LDM bookings bringing the best North American Americana music to European stages. We work with a range of different artists from the US as wel as from Canada, some of the Canadian acts we are working with are Frazey Ford, Amelia Curran, Whitehorse, Ruth Moody, Awna Teixeira and Cam Penner.

LDM Bookings


Adam Perry

Senior Program Director

Arts Midwest

Adam Perry oversees Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet. Adam began his Arts Midwest career in 2006 as a Senior Advisor managing the creation of a documentary film based on Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). From 2006–2009 he managed the creation of six educational documentary films for the NEA National Initiative The Big Read, which featured authors Ray Bradbury, Amy Tan, Rudolfo Anaya, Ernest Gaines, Tobias Wolff and Cynthia Ozick.

From 2007–2010 Adam served as the Senior Program Director for The Big Read Egypt/U.S., a collaborative Global Cultural Initiative project of U.S. Department of State, National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Embassy in Cairo. This program was designed to deepen cultural understanding and dialogue between Egyptians and Americans by bringing community partners in the U.S. and Egypt together to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment and to share each other’s literary and cultural traditions. Adam’s work on this project included direct oversight of $350,000 U.S. State Department Grant for program creation, launch, participant selection, website development, participant international travel and international cultural exchange activities.


Please contact the Program Coordinator for more details:

Tenille Goodspeed



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