Polaris Music Prize founder Steve Jordan has stepped down from his position as executive director.
“I’ve been really struggling to articulate the mixed emotions I have leaving something I started and have devoted myself to for the last 15 years,” Jordan explains in a statement. “I’m sad to leave the day-to-day, but feel a lot of joy that Polaris, culturally and financially, is in the strongest position it’s ever been. I have every confidence that the stewardship of the jury, our team, and our stakeholders will ensure Polaris continues with integrity and vitality that people expect of it.”
Steve Jordan here with some news. Starting March 2, I will be the Senior Director of CBC Music. I’m extremely excited to be joining what I already know is a stellar team of music enthusiasts spreading the good word about the glories of Canadian music.
— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) January 14, 2020
Jordan founded the Polaris Music Prize in 2006, boosting the careers of its Long and Short List nominees for years. Now, Jordan is stepping away from his current role and, beginning on March 2nd, he will take on a new position as Senior Director of CBC Music.
“On behalf of the Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors, we’d like to thank Steve for the vision and passion he’s brought to The Prize since its inception and we wish him all the best in his new role at the CBC,” Polaris Music Prize Board Chair Miro Oballa explains. “Polaris events manager Claire Dagenais will take on an expanded role within Polaris while Steve will continue to provide guidance for the Prize in his new role as a Polaris board member. We look forward to an exciting new chapter at Polaris.”
Lead photo courtesy of Dustin Rabin.