Kelp Management / MEGAPHONO
Halifax Pop Explosion Music Conference
Halifax Central Library
Kelp Music is a music company based in Ottawa, which grew out of the record label Kelp Records, founded by Jon Bartlett in 1994. Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kelp has spent much of its time as a record label focused on pushing music from the National Capital Region, before migrating into management and artist services in 2010. Kelp's sister company MEGAPHONO also formed in 2010 to push music for synch licensing in film, TV and video games. MEGAPHONO has grown into a music showcase festival that takes place annually in early February in Ottawa.
Jon Bartlett is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), serves on the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)’s Music Industry Advisory Committee. He has served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) from 2014-2016, and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) from 2011-2013.
Bartlett has travelled extensively over the past decade, as a panelist speaker (SXSW, Pop Montreal, Sled Island, Halifax Pop Explosion) and delegate (Reeperbahn, The Great Escape, Americanafest, Eurosonic Noorderslag), and is uniquely positioned to provide a perspective on how artists and music industry workers can export abroad and grow revenue opportunities.