ALLISON OUTHIT, SIX SHOOTER’S NEW VP INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, TO RECEIVE BRIAN CHATER INDUSTRY AWARD.
CIMA’s announcement of its 2019 Award Recipients is big news for Six Shooter Records. Six Shooter President, the inimitable Shauna de Cartier, will receive this year’s Entrepreneur Award in recognition of the success, longevity and vision of the label and its related companies, which include Six Shooter Management, Girl On A Horse (publishing) and Interstellar Rodeo. For nineteen years, de Cartier has steered, constructed and willed Six Shooter Records into a dynamic hub of art, sound and ideas; a community of creative musical minds connected by entrepreneurial spirit and expertise. The Six Shooter narrative is about ingenuity, determination and pride, in the big picture and in the details.
Further cause for major celebration is the news that Allison Outhit will receive the 2019 Brian Chater Industry Award. Prior to her recent arrival at Six Shooter Records as VP International Business Development, Outhit held positions as VP Operations of FACTOR and Head of Business Affairs at Outside Music. This award recognizes decades of dedicated, inspired contributions to artists and organizations alike. Of the recognition, Outhit says: “To be honoured with this award for a career’s worth of agitation for artists generally, but especially for systemically disadvantaged artists and entrepreneurs, is so gratifying. Not to mention motivating!”
Join us in honouring these leaders, colleagues and friends at CIMA’s Celebration & Awards Gala on Monday, June 10. Congratulations to all of this year’s excellent recipients and nominees.
Read more about the 2019 CIMA Gala Winners & Nominees here.
About Shauna de Cartier
Nineteen years ago, Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records as a one-woman operation. Originally from Edmonton, de Cartier had moved east with artist management experience, corporate and independent arts marketing savvy and an MBA from the University of Alberta. With one artist – Luke Doucet – signed to the new label, de Cartier embarked on a gutsy, gritty course to establishing Six Shooter Records an artist-first, longevity-minded independent label in her new home of Toronto.
Now, in 2019, the Six Shooter world includes a unique, profitable and artistically exemplary record label, a growing publishing company, a booming artist management company, and a gem of a festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo. All four business components work together to make Six Shooter a distinctive and dynamic force in the music industry. Six Shooter’s community of inimitable musical minds is connected, grounded and supported by de Cartier’s entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, generosity, love and integrity.
Six Shooter’s catalogue now includes more than one hundred albums united by an appreciation for the craft of songwriting. Currently, the diverse, politically engaged, and internationally renowned roster includes Whitehorse, Tanya Tagaq, The Dead South, Amelia Curran, Whitney Rose, The Wet Secrets, Ensign Broderick, The Rheostatics, Riit and more.
As a member of the music industry, de Cartier is a tireless advocate for artists, independent businesses and fair dealings. De Cartier continues to serve on the board of CIMA, which she chaired for four years, has recently rejoined the Radio Starmaker board, where she previously served a six year run, and also served a term as an elected Board Member of the Americana Music Association, based in Nashville. De Cartier is committed to creating professional opportunities for young industry members – specifically women – and fostering a strong network of like-minded individuals in the industry at large.
About Allison Outhit
Born in Halifax, Outhit began her career as a production assistant with UK concert giant Harvey Goldsmith. Over the next 10 years, Allison rounded all the corners at the intersection of Art and Commerce, with stints in community radio, journalism, music and video production, and arts administration in London, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto, while also completing a law degree.
After touring as lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with several bands, releasing multiple albums and inking a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, Allison went to work in film and television production, amassing over 70 hours of production credits and one Gemini nomination. In 2006, she left film production to join Toronto-based indie label/manager/distributor Outside Music as Head of Business Affairs.
In February 2011, Outhit joined the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) as its Vice President of Operations. At FACTOR, Allison was a key imagineer of program and operational changes that redesigned and reinvigorated Canada’s largest and most impactful music funding organization.
Allison is a lifelong fighter for social justice. She is proud to have been mentored in community legal advocacy by the late African-Nova Scotian activist Rocky Jones, and recently completed the Centennial Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion.
The proud recipient of the Halifax Pop Explosion’s 2014 Scene Builder Award, Outhit’s life in the musical trenches, along with her depth of entertainment business experience and legal knowledge, give her a skill set uniquely primed to help artists keep on keeping on.