Jake Gold

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Jake Gold (born April 4, 1958 in New Jersey) is an American-born Canadian musician manager. Gold grew up in Toronto, where he sang in Top 40 bands in his teens. From 1979 to 1981, he lived in Los Angeles, doing lighting design for the Variety Arts Centre. After receiving a call from a friend, he returned to Toronto to become a tour manager and lighting guy for Hot Tip. This started his successful career as a music manager and Canadian music industry promoter.[1]

Gold is probably most well known to Canadians as a judge on the popular Canadian Idol television program. In addition to Idol participants, he has managed such popular Canadian artists as The Tragically Hip and The Watchmen. His management company, The Management Trust, currently works with a number of artists including The Cliks and Sass Jordan. He is married to Leesa Butler, creator of the F-List, a web site dedicated to Canadian fashion.


[edit] Kindling Music

Jake Gold is the co-owner of Kindling Music with partner RJ Guha. Kindling Music is an independent record label, based in Toronto, that is distributed by Warner Music Canada. Kindling Music’s catalogue includes titles from The Salads, Kathryn Rose, The Populars, Brian Byrne, onlyforward, The Cliks, David Martel and Dearly Beloved.[2]

[edit] The Management Trust

The Management Trust is a Toronto-based management company that manages the careers of artists, producers and engineers. Gold is the CEO of The Management Trust and Shelley Stertz is the director and artist manager. Dani Matte directs the producer management division. The company subscribes to an ethos of discovering artists, working with them to develop their craft, orchestrating their recordings, negotiating their label agreements, and helping them to develop their full potential.[3] In recognition of his work, Gold has been awarded the Canadian Music Industry's "Manager of the Year" on three separate occasions (1991, 1993, 1994). In October 2012, Music Managers Forum Canada awarded the 7th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll Award to Gold and The Management Trust. The MMF Honour Roll Award is presented each year to recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in Canadian and International Artist Management. [4]

[edit] Professional Affiliations

Gold is active in his promotion efforts of Canadian music and artists. He serves as Vice-Chair for the Canadian Independent Music Association which is the trade organization representing the independent sector of the Canadian music and sound recording industry and the collective voice of independent music in English-speaking Canada. He is also a board member for the The Music Managers Forum Canada which is a trade association that provides education, networking and advocacy on behalf of members and their artists. Gold acts in an advisory capacity on the Ontario Media Development Corporation which helps Ontario's creative industries produce film, television, music, books, magazines and interactive digital media that contributes 300,000 jobs and $12.2 billion a year to the Ontario economy. [5]

[edit] Charitable Contributions

Jake Gold takes pride in charitable work, noting that one of his career highlights is raising almost $400,000 for War Child in September 2000. Additionally, he offered a free concert in Winnipeg in support of charity. He is known for pairing his love for music with his charitable efforts. He continues to contribute to various charities through his record labels he is involved with.[6]

[edit] Television Appearances

Gold counts his six seasons (2003-2008) as a judge on Canadian Idol, as one of the high points of his career to date. In a recent interview, he cites that it was a number one rated, Canadian made production that connected him with other Canadian artists as well as new talent as defining reasons. [7]. Gold has also appeared on CTV's eTalk Daily as a guest commentator on several occasions and made guest appearances on an episode of The Eleventh Hour and Corner Gas.[8]

[edit] References

  1. http://www.centennialcollege.ca/thecentre/jakegold
  2. http://www.cimamusic.ca/Page.asp?PageID=347&ContentID=1409&SiteNodeID=50
  3. http://mgmtrust.ca/about/
  4. http://musicmanagersforum.ca/news/7th-annual-honour-roll-award-recipient-announced
  5. Ngwara Madison, "Industry Insider: Canadian Idol Judge Jake Gold;Ceo of the Management Trust" March 2012
  6. http://www.centennialcollege.ca/thecentre/jakegold/
  7. Gel Media interview
  8. http://www.tv.com/people/jake-gold/
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