David Moss began his creative and entrepreneurial career as a songwriter, producer and performer and has over twenty-five years of experience in arts management and cultural development. He held the positions of Executive Director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and General Director of the Opéra de Montréal, and is currently the founding National Executive Director of Culture Days. David has led strategic projects for some of Canadas’ leading organizations including les Grand Ballets Canadiens, the City of Montreal, the Canadian Arts Summit, the Society for Arts and Technology and the Alberta Ballet. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Marketing and Finance) from Concordia University in Montréal and a Music Certificate from the Guitar Institute of Technology - Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California.
David is recognized for his vision, leadership and ability to mobilize and drive diverse teams. He has a keen understanding of the issues facing the arts & cultural sector and is called upon as an advisor to all levels of government, private foundations, philanthropists and other interest groups within and outside of the cultural sector. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at various universities and special events as well as a mentor to emerging arts administrators and cultural workers.
Most recently, David spearheaded the creation and is the driving force of Culture Days, the largest arts and cultural participation and engagement initiative in Canadian history. Propelled by his leadership, a diverse cross section of the Canadian arts and cultural sector is mobilized each year to host 8,000+ events in 800 cities and towns in every province and territory as part of the organization’s annual weekend event. Over 12 million Canadians’ have participated in events to date, and Culture Days has become a staple in the Canadian cultural calendar.
As a volunteer, David has contributed to numerous boards, committees and juries. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the World Design Summit Organization and Human Playground and is a member of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s Major Gift committee. He was a founding Board and Executive Committee member of Culture Montréal for which he served 8 years, Chairman of MUTEK, an international Electronic Music and Digital Creativity Festival, and the Cultural Tourism Advisory Committee for the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and Tourisme Montréal. He also served on the National Steering and Advocacy Committees of the Canadian Arts Summit, the advisory board of the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University, and the board of the La Vitrine Culturelle de Montréal. David was a member of the orientation committee of les Journées de la culture, a jury member for various government grant programs, the Montréal Prix Arts Affaires, the Globe and Mail Business and Arts Awards, a special guest of the Mayor of Montréal for the City’s 2012 Planning Summit, and a member of the Special Advisory Group for the City of Montréal to create a blueprint for its first Cultural Policy adopted in 2005.