Speaker Profile

Ives-Allison Nik

Job TitleExecutive Director

Company NameOttawa Music Industry Coalition (Canada)


Dr Nicole (Nik) Ives-Allison is the Executive Director of OMIC, having joined the organisation as General Manager (and first full-time employee) in May 2017. Although she had been out of the music industry for a few years before joining OMIC, she was the founder of Matchless Minds (2010 - 2013), the first international social enterprise label which she started in Ottawa before moving headquarters to Belfast (Northern Ireland) in 2011. With Matchless, Nik was responsible for artist development and media relations, working with eight artists across four genres in three countries. After winding down Matchless in early 2013, she completed a PhD in (counter-)terrorism studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland where she taught until 2016 before she focusing on developing her own design, strategy and instructional design agency, yet when the opportunity to join OMIC arose she realised you just don't quit music.


The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition is a member-based non-profit organisation dedicated to developing and growing the music industry in Ottawa for the benefit of our members, the industry as a whole and Ottawa. Our work falls under four main themes : advocacy & research; industry & development; export development & showcasing and broad-based audience development. Since its inception in 2015, OMIC has worked with the City of Ottawa to develop its first official council-approved music strategy, developed the innovate From Emerging to Export business incubator for emerging artists and artist managers, and will (very shortly) be conducting the first comprehensive economic impact analysis on the music industry in Ottawa.

Conference Sessions

  • Music Cities Forum: When Music Drives Economic Development

    06 Jun 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Worldwide Village

    Music Cities Forum PanelMusic is everywhere in our cities. It not only brings citizens together and makes places come alive, but it is also deeply embedded in t...

    • Language: English
      1. Event
      2. Event Date
        Thu, Jun 6
      3. Event Theme
        Music Business

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