Bridge Arts Management was founded in December 2015 by Bridget Canniere, whose career as an Artist Manager over the past twenty years in the UK and US allowed her to gain a wealth of experience and contacts within the music world. Alongside artist management, Bridge Arts also offers consultancy and event management services to the broader arts sector, with a growing bank of experienced colleagues available to provide a range of artistic, marketing and logistical services.
Bridget Canniere, Director
Born in 1973 to extremely non-musical parents, I soon realised while learning the recorder at school, aged 6, that in fact my house was too quiet. From singing Annie to screeching away on a violin/viola/saxophone/piano for many hours, I disturbed my parents’ peace for the next years, but then, realistic enough to know my enthusiasm outweighed my future as a professional performer, I chose to study English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. From graduation to my first job at IMG Artists was a fascinating three-year journey which allowed me to experience many types of work, from banking to recruitment consultancy – but all paths led back to music and I secured a job at IMG Artists in 1998. During my time at IMG I worked for a list of Artists that included Leif Ove Andsnes, James Galway, Lang Lang, Nicola Benedetti, Alan Gilbert and many others, and I have taken those many years of experience to bear when trying to set up a company that allows my team and I to enjoy and believe in our work, as well as offering some new approaches to music management in a time where new ideas are all.
Alison Heather, Artist Manager
Alison Heather was born in the UK but raised in Australia where she graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a vocal degree and a passion for artist management. She worked with the Australian Opera and Australian Youth Orchestra in Sydney before moving to London to complete her post-graduate studies in Music Administration at the Barbican Centre.
Alison has over 25 years of experience in artist management and has helped guide and support a wide range of outstanding conductors, soloists and orchestras. Alison joined Harold Holt in London in 1989 (which soon became part of IMG Artists), where she managed Garrick Ohlsson and Miriam Fried, and worked with Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bychkov, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Evgeny Kissin. After a family move to the US, Alison re-joined IMG Artists in the New York office as part of management team for Murray Perahia, Itzhak Perlman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alan Gilbert and many others. With the start of her family Alison left IMG to become personal assistant to IMG Artist Renee Fleming for 8 years, after which she worked with Emma Dunch of Dunch Arts, helping performing arts organizations adjust to the changing economic dynamics after the global financial crisis. Alison returned to the UK in 2014 and joined the team at Bridge Arts in 2016, where she works for a select group of conductors, soloists and chamber ensembles.