Oral History Information
Al Kowalenko oversaw one of the largest growths in the music products industry during the 1980s and 1990s –the Canadian market. As president of MIAC, beginning in 1979, Al fostered the development of the Canadian annual music fair and the relationships between retailers and suppliers. Al has also worked closely with NAMM, the MIA in England and other organizations to create a stronger unified global industry. Before his retirement from MIAC, Al was the first Canadian to receive the NAMM Life Time Award of Merit.