BOP Mgmt & Consulting is one of the leading arts consulting firms in Western Canada. Led by Brent Oliver, BOP Consulting services include talent buying, event coordination, artist management, engagement, social media consulting and arts administration and advice. In addition to these services, BOP is dedicated to giving back to the arts community through a number of different music and culture projects.
Brent Oliver is one of the most earnestly dedicated champions and patrons of the Arts in Alberta. For over 25 years Brent has devoted himself to developing and promoting Alberta arts initiatives, events and artists. This life-long calling grew from Brent’s passion for culture. As a young musician looking for opportunities to perform in Edmonton, he took the initiative to organize and promote concerts and encouraged other local acts to get involved. In 1990, he then founded Green Pepper Records, an independent label which produced local compilation albums, giving dozens of artists a platform for their original music to be promoted and broadcast on campus radio.
While earning a Music Degree from the University of Alberta, Brent worked as a talent buyer, booking local bands and touring acts at the Rev Cabaret, then at Sidetrack Café, two of Edmonton’s most iconic live music venues of in recent history. Guided by his confidence in the strength of Alberta’s music community, and his desire to help it grow, Brent established (and became Director of) Foundation Concerts, an Edmonton-based concert and arts event promotion company which brought some of the most prominent touring acts to Western Canada. Through these experiences, Brent established a vast network of industry contacts across Canada. This led to a unique opportunity for Brent where in 2010 he accepted a position as an Agent with Winnipeg-based Paquin Entertainment, one of Canada’s largest international talent agencies.
In 2012 Brent’s heart brought him back to Alberta. He began a role at Alberta’s Legislature as Events Coordinator for two years. In his time at the “Leg”, he helped break the Canada Day attendance records in 2013 with 52,000 visitors, then again in 2014 with over 75,000 enjoying the national event.
In 2014, Brent brought his wealth of expertise to the City of Spruce Grove as Director of Cultural Services, a position he accepted in August of that year. His responsibilities include management and operation of the Horizon Stage Performing Arts centre, city liaison to the Allied Arts Council and Spruce Grove Library, as well as development of art policy for the future of the City. Brent continues to consult and volunteer on countless cultural initiatives. In September 2013, Brent was elected as a Director on the board of the Alberta Music Industry Association and currently sits as Vice-Chair of the board, and Chair of the organization’s Community Engagement Committee.
Brent brings this wealth of expertise to clients of BOP Consulting. Brent continues to consult and volunteer on countless cultural initiatives. BOP is instrumental in the planning, execution and promotion of two Edmonton arts festivals: Up & Downtown Music and Arts festival (2013-present) & Hot Plains Music (2013-2014). BOP also booked the local talent for Edmonton Public Library (2013) and Edmonton Transit’s (2008) 100th-anniversary concerts, both held on Sir Winston Churchill Square. BOP Consulting is the current talent buyers for the Cask & Barrel Pub, Rocky Mountain Ice House and Black Dog Freehouse in Edmonton.
Brent’s management company, BOP Consulting & MGMT, had a very successful management relationship with Edmonton act Wool on Wolves, and currently is representing local pop artists’ The Hearts, Indigenous act nêhiyawak, roots artists’ Ayla Brook & The Sound Men and Winnipeg rock & roll two-piece Duotang. Brent is a founding committee member of the Edmonton Live Music Initiative, and project geared on saving local venues in Edmonton from extinction. Recently, Brent assisted in raising over $15,000 for the Red Cross to benefit the displaced residents of Fort McMurray following the wildfires of May 2016. Brent was also been nominated for a Community Excellence Award by the Western Canadian Music Alliance at Breakout West in October 2016.