Amber Moyle Welcomed To Polaris Music Prize As New Executive Director
The Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors is happy to announce Amber Moyle (they/them) as its new Executive Director.
“I am honoured to be joining such an incredible group of staff, board, jurors, partners, and community stakeholders,” says Moyle. “I look forward to assisting in continuing the monumental legacy the Polaris Music Prize has become in showcasing and supporting Canadian music since its inception over 15 years ago.”
“Amber’s energy, creativity and dynamic skill set is a welcome addition to the Polaris Music Prize team,” comments Miro Oballa, Chair of the Polaris Music Prize board. “We are confident the Prize’s reputation for excellence and musical integrity will continue to flourish under their leadership.”
Moyle has worked in not-for-profit development for the last 12 years, raising over $15 million in sponsorship and event revenue throughout their career. Having spent the last seven years as a senior manager in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector, Moyle joins Polaris after working as the Director of Sponsorship & Strategy at Pride Toronto, where they helped raise over $14 million through strategic partnerships, more than doubling fundraising revenue through creative asset development. Moyle created, led and implemented a series of special projects in this position, including the Pride Toronto Creative Studio & Residency Program, annual education and training programs, and the transition to produce the first ever Virtual Festival in 2020. Prior to this role, Moyle worked as the Special Events and Sponsorship Manager at Artscape – a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity in Toronto – and The 519 – a non-profit and City of Toronto organization dedicated to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities.
With top-notch expertise in Programming, Branding and Marketing, and Partnership Developments, Moyle is thrilled to bring their creativity and passion for the arts and culture industry to the Polaris Music Prize.
Moyle will oversee all aspects of the organization, including the annual Polaris Gala, its Short and Long Lists, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, the Polaris Cover Sessions, Polaris Poster and Community Development programs as well as new initiatives.
Presented by CBC Music, the Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the Short List receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Play MPE awards the winner with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD and gifts all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.
The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.