Russell (Russ) Kelley

Head, Music, Canada Council for the Arts (Retd) and Singer/Songwriter

It has been my great good fortune to have lived a life in which music has been central to almost everything that I have done, professionally and personally. I was privileged to have had excellent music education both in school and privately. During my early professional music career, to be successful, I had to learn many things about business, leadership, teamwork, friendship and the value and pleasure of hard work. Those same skills then allowed me to have a wonderful career in the public funding of the arts (mostly music) at the national level. I will always be grateful for and continue to highly recommend participation in and the supporting of music education in the public school system. I continue to make music.