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Supporter Spotlight: Maribeth Solomon

Photo Credit: © Robert Schwartz 2016

Music is a family affair for Toronto-based composer, songwriter and producer Maribeth Solomon.

Solomon’s father, Stanley, was the principal violist in the Toronto symphony, her brother Lenny is a jazz violinist and her daughter, Leah Erbe, has worked as a singer and songwriter.

“I have been doing music my whole life,” Solomon says. “There are so many people in my family who are musicians, it just sort of seemed like the thing to do.”

Solomon has worked on projects in film and TV, video games and other media both in Canada and internationally. Solomon and her writing partner, Micky Erbe, received an Emmy nomination for Earth: Final Conflict and have been the recipients of five Gemini Awards and numerous other nominations and awards.

While her work has been international, Solomon has always been Canada-based.

“I’ve always worked with Canadian talent,” she says. “That was always really important to me, to work here in local studios. I have relationships with a lot of engineers, musicians and singers.”

Solomon is currently working on the hit CBC show Schitt’s Creek.

“It’s so fun. Come on!” she says of her work on the show. “People want to know who played the theme, what musicians? ‘Can we have a marching band arrangement for our group?’ ”

“You see what the reach is when you start getting all these requests for things and you see where the people are,” she says. “It’s great to be involved in. Many of our home-grown shows go around the world, social media can track that reach.”

Maribeth has also recently scored IMAX: A Beautiful Planet (with Micky Erbe) and the hit video games Sunless Sea and Cultist Simulator (with Brent Barkman) among other projects.

In addition to her creative work, Solomon has served on many boards. She was a founding member of the Songwriters Association of Canada and has served on the boards of the Academy of Canadian Television and Cinema and the Screen Composers Guild.

“I enjoy seeing how industry organizations work,” she says. “When I was starting out, there weren’t that many groups around to help people and connect them, so I am very conscious of organizations like The AFC.”

Solomon says she first heard about The AFC from an actor who had received help from the organization.

“I thought it was tremendous, because it wasn’t a government organization and this person received help with dignity and efficiency,” she says.

In 2008, Solomon’s daughter, Leah, started working at The AFC.

“Leah is a great artist and I am unbelievably proud that she feels a calling to this organization,” Solomon says. “She went from another industry organization and was working a lot as a songwriter, too, and she just saw that there was something here.”

Maribeth is an active supporter of The AFC, donating regularly and helping raise awareness online and off about the work that The AFC does.

“If someone has a birthday or someone I know passes away, I will make a donation to The AFC. I often use it as a commemoration charity and everybody is always grateful,” she says.

“I would say to others, ‘Give a little. Anything you donate is always very much appreciated,’” she says. “There are no excesses around there, just really good usage of the funds for the common good,” Solomon says. “Because we as Canadians get it back; if the entertainment industry is robust, it is better for the whole community, not just our creative one. If people are working, they make more things happen and we have a better country.”

The AFC is extremely grateful to Maribeth Solomon for her ongoing support.

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