Congratulations to Terry, Winner of the Rozsa Human Resources Award
Kathleen Renne talks to Terry Wickham
Dublin-born Terry Wickham moved to Canada in 1976 and began his arts career promoting concerts in Calgary. His first concert was a date with the Chieftains at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. He worked for the Centre for the Performing Arts in Calgary and moved to Edmonton in 1989 to work for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. The Festival has moved from a deficit of $60,000 to a surplus of over $1 million in cash; an office worth $1 million purchased without funding and free of mortgage.
Seven years ago, an Edmonton Folk Music Festival Endowment fund was created and to date has $1.5 million. The Festival has sold out since 1995 and has kept the same core staff for the past 15 years. It has been recognized for programming, environmental programs as well its community outreach. Each year, in addition to children and seniors being admitted for free, the festival disseminates approximately 1500 tickets to 60 plus social service organizations. He has a Masters Degree in Economics/Administration from Trinity College Dublin.
In addition to his work at the EFMF, he produced the Calgary Folk Music Festival from 1996 to 2005, bringing the festival from a 100,000 deficit, to a large surplus. He is also manager of programming for the Winspear Presents.