SONGBIZ MENTOR, APRIL 2021
Vivian Barclay, the General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., has wide-ranging experience in most areas of the music and broadcast industries. A classically trained musician, she has composed music for television commercials and won awards for her digital audio editing talents. She has worked as a radio programmer and on-air host, in artist management, publicity/promotion and as a programmer for conferences/festivals.
At Warner/Chappell, she works with a diverse roster of songwriters, including Jully Black, Patoranking, Producer Lantz, Maurice Moore, Machel Montano, Classified, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and is also responsible for the administration of the over 200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes George and Ira Gershwin, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Michael Bublé, Murda Beatz and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
After graduating from Ryerson University (BAA Radio and Television), she joined CKLN-FM in production before taking to the airwaves as host of her own show. She would subsequently spend three years as Program Director before leaving to work with Toronto-based Jones & Jones Productions, the event/entertainment services company.
Vivian joined Warner Chappell in 2001, and spent two years at the head office in Los Angeles before returning to Toronto to head up the company in Canada. As a music publisher, she rose through the ranks with stints in royalties accounting, copyright, song plugging and synch pitching, experience which she has shared teaching classes on music publishing at Metalworks Institute, Ryerson University and the Trebas Institute.
Vivian sits on the Boards of: Canadian Music Publishers Association, SOCAN, the Toronto Music Advisory Committee, the Toronto council for National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, as well as Phemphat Entertainment Group, producers of the all-female Honey Jam Showcase, a non-profit organization which provides mentoring opportunities for artists.
Vivian is also active in community development projects Habitat for Humanity and Food for the Poor.