25 + Years
Dominic Denny has over 25 + years’ experience in strategic artist management, brand, marketing, pr communications, content rights & IP management as well as production for a range of music and entertainment projects, corporations and clients throughout the world. He began his professional life in publicity and communications where he was based in London and New York. With experience both in-house and agency, Dom has worked on numerous international projects ranging from negotiating and managing Formula 1 title sponsorships to providing bespoke senior counsel to many clients including, CBS Records, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tina Turner / Roger Davies, Olivia Newton-John, Mercedes-Benz, Mick Jagger (solo projects) Academy Award & Grammy nominated songwriter Stephan Moccio, adidas, AT&T, Sony/BMG, Warner Brothers, RCA Records, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger) Arista, Capitol/EMI, France Telecom/Orange to name just a few. His work has allowed him to travel extensively and apart from Toronto, has spent periods in New York and London where he studied law at the University of London and The University of Westminster.
During his career, Dom has guided and managed the careers of amongst others; international hit songwriter and jazz male vocalist of the year for 3 consecutive years, Marc Jordan (hits written for Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Cher, Diana Ross etc), Luke McMaster (hits written for Nick Lachey, Rhianna, Kalan Porter, Eva Avila, Jim Brickman etc), with top 10 hits on the Billboard Charts. Hit songwriter Eddie Schwartz, (Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Don’t Shed A Tear), power-piano pop combo StereoGoesStellar. Canadian Singer/Songwriter of the year & Gemini Award winner Theo Tams, as well as singer/songwriter/actor Marc Devigne to whom he provides ongoing ad hoc advice. Dom has also executive produced several successful major label albums and consulted on many others.
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
From 2005-2013, Dom was CEO of The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In helming this bilingual, not for profit organization, his focus was on leading strategy, building, creating and marketing the brand by moving it from producing one nationally CBC broadcast TV & radio gala a year to creating a range of accessible properties that spoke to a wider demographic audience. Thus growing value for advertisers and sponsors. Under his direction and reporting directly to the board, he developed educational initiatives and events in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, created unique and accessible music programming, as well as secured funding for the building of a physical Songwriters Hall of Fame creating the potential for a unique music arts destination in the City of Toronto. His series, ‘If You Could Read My Mind’, taken from the title of the international hit song by Gordon Lightfoot, brought together two songwriters from different generations, who admired the other from afar, but had never sat down and discussed their craft. These sold out, intimate shows feature artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip), Ian Tyson (Four Strong Winds) and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. A license deal was done with CBC radio to nationally broadcast these unique and special events.
Television & Film
Despite producing a terrible feature film in 2000, which was slated by both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, he has regularly pitched and negotiated broadcast deals for Gemini award-winning properties on both television and radio. He has both produced and executive produced these projects. He is currently in development for a new adventure documentary based on his great uncle’s trek on horseback across Canada in mid-winter, as a member of the North West Mounted Police.
A need for a ‘time-out’ from the music field to focus on himself, his mental health and his family, led Dom to Bath, UK where he studied psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London. He is fully qualified as a psychotherapist and specializes in working with clients struggling with substance misuse issues and co-morbid mental health challenges. He continues to provide strategic counsel and consultancy services to music and film/tv projects that capture his imagination, while enjoying and managing his extensive collection of British abstract expressionist art, 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and 4 Bantam chickens. Dom is happily married to a very pragmatic Colombian scientist, who manages to keep his feet on the ground, while supporting all his projects. Together, they are currently developing an online retail experience, which will be launched later this year. Watch this space….
Dominic is a voting member of The Recording Academy (The Grammy's), Music Managers Forum, The Songwriters Association of Canada, The Canadian Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS), The Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television. Dom has garnered a large number of certified Platinum, Gold and Silver album sales awards for his work, as well as having been involved in winning two Gemini awards for music programs.