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The Music Gallery Appoints New Executive Director!

Published on: September 9, 2020

Following an extensive search, the Music Gallery is pleased to announce that a familiar face will be taking on the role of Executive Director. David Dacks, the Music Gallery’s most recent Artistic Director has been selected by the Board of Directors for this key leadership role.

A year ago, David had announced that 2019-20 would be his last programming season. As the organization and David prepared to part ways, no one (including David), imagined how a pandemic would force the Music Gallery to rethink itself. With palpable enthusiasm for this new organizational challenge, and desire to expand the scope of his abilities, David decided to pitch himself for the Executive Director role recently vacated by Kayla McGee.

“When David’s application arrived during the recruitment process, we were surprised and intrigued”, says Dave Darby, President of the Board of Directors. “Despite having a number of qualified applicants, it was impossible to ignore the unique mix of continuity and innovative strategic thinking that David brings to the role.”

David started programming at the Music Gallery in September 2010 and has been Artistic Director since January 2012. His imaginatively programmed concert experiences and collaborations have broadened the scope of experimental music in Toronto and featured multiple world premieres leading to international recordings and tours. David has brought new audiences for innovative music to the Music Gallery thanks to his strong focus on equity both on stage and off. Administratively, he was integral to pulling the organization back from a crippling deficit to a surplus situation in the current fiscal year through careful budgeting, shrewd programming decisions, and strategic funding management. 

David’s appointment is effective Sept. 8, at which time the Board will initiate the process to replace him as Artistic Director.

“The Board very much looks forward to working together with David and the new Artistic Director to reignite our Strategic Plan to continue to serve as Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music”, said Mr. Darby.

“I am thrilled to take on this new responsibility at the Music Gallery”, said David. “There are many challenges in arts presentation to address now and in the near future and I am honoured to serve the organization and incoming artistic leadership in this new capacity”

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