Ryan Kerr is currently Record Store Day Canada’s Director of Marketing and Strategy. He comes armed with years of practical experience in the entertainment industry that he brings to the table. He got his start at Virgin Records Canada, where he was the youngest sales rep the company had ever hired. He grew his position as a customer service representative into a marketing juggernaut eventually working at EMI and a holding a long tenure at Capitol Records. Here, he took marketing to the next level, helping to put artist singles on the nation’s charts. Ryan was also an integral part of liaising with artists and creating lasting relationships between stores, artists, fans and the label.
Taking his expertise in promotions and seeing an underserved corner in the market, Ryan founded and ran Hit N’ Run, Canada’s leading full service street level marketing company, creating memorable band and brand association for consumers nationwide for over a decade.
With RSDC he enjoys bridging his interest in music, marketing and the analog format. Primarily an ideas guy, Ryan thrives on fresh ways to involve the general public in the growing vinyl market. Independent record stores in Canada are his number one priority.
Ryan’s undeniable love for artists, bands and the music they create continues to be the undercurrent of his long career in the music industry.