About Us


A registered charity, TEMPO was launched in 2011 by Eric Lawrence and Rob Lanni, founders of Coalition Music.

TEMPO’s core programming involves the delivery of ‘The Music Business’, a unique, school board-recognized, grade 12 interdisciplinary OSSD credit course (Ontario Secondary School Diploma), which complements traditional in-school music and business programs. Initially taught only through the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Continuing Education Department, ‘The Music Business’ now directly engages students from multiple boards and institutions, including at-risk and First Nations’ youth from across Ontario.

‘The Music Business’ features a combination of creative elements and both general and music-specific business concepts, and gives students a unique opportunity to learn about the music industry from within: TEMPO’s primary teaching facility is located in Coalition Music, a functioning artist management company, record label, recording studio and performance venue, which acts as a space for mentorship, networking and collaboration to all students of ‘The Music Business’.

TEMPO instructors are experienced Music Industry professionals, and deliver ‘The Music Business’ in collaboration with educators from the following educational institutions:

– The Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Continuing Education Department
– The Toronto District School Board’s Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts
– Wasse Abin High School (Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island)
– Nbisiing Secondary School (Nipissing First Nation, North Bay)

TEMPO also delivers ‘The Music Business Entrepreneur Presentation’, a 60 minute outreach presentation that introduces students to career pathways and entrepreneurship in the Music Business. Ideal for students in careers, business and music classes, ‘The MBE Presentation’  features young music industry professionals, live performances by emerging Artist Entrepreneurs and engaging audio visual content.

For more information about TEMPO, please contact vel.omazic@tempoeducates.com