Over The Bridge Non-profit Announces First Board of Directors

Board signals new opportunities for OTB to support addiction and mental health in the music industry

Hamilton, ON – February 11, 2019  Over The Bridge (OTB) co-founders Ace Piva and Cole Smith are pleased to announce the establishment of its first ever board of directors. The board of nine members brings a variety of industry experience, sector expertise and healthcare support, to help achieve OTB’s primary mandate to connect members of the music industry to addiction recovery and mental health support.

“Two years ago Cole and I began discussing how we could help our friends and colleagues in the music industry who were struggling and, even worse, succumbing to their additions,” said Ace Piva, co-founder of OTB. “We knew we had to do something and that’s when Over The Bridge was founded. I am thrilled to have this incredible group of people believe in the cause and join the board and together, we can help even more people.”

What originally began as a peer-to-peer Facebook support group for music industry performers and workers, quickly evolved into an incorporated non-profit organization as Piva and Cole quickly discovered the void of resources for this group. In addition to connecting people in the music industry with support for mental health and addiction recovery, OTB is also actively involved in education, training, and prevention.

With the opioid crisis reaching all-time highs in North America, OTB partnered with Marchese Health Care to provide free, life-saving Naloxone training to the Canadian music community at live music venues and festivals for musicians, road crews, live music venue personnel and behind the scenes industry staff. Naloxone, a synthetic drug, blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication and can also be used to help diagnose if a person has used or overdosed on an opioid.

To date, OTB has trained, educated and/or emotionally supported over 2,000 music industry members. As part of this, OTB has trained 700 people to administer Naloxone in the case of a suspected opioid overdose including members of the 2018s Vans Warped Tour and Fleetwood Mac’s touring crew.

“We have a long-term vision which is only achievable with the support of an active board of directors, volunteers, and funding or donations,” said Smith. “We are really excited to continue to grow and evolve OTB so we have the resources and awareness to help as many people as possible.”

The board of directors includes:

Ace Piva – OTB Founding Partner, Tour Manager, Addiction Recovery Coach
Cole Smith – OTB Founding Partner
Dayana Romero – Registered Psychotherapist, Romero Psychotherapy
Doug Goldstein – Mathews Hope, Former Manager of Guns N Roses, Danzig, & Blind Melon
Faisal Khawaja – Marchese Health Care, Operations Manager
Jessica Lemmon – Founder Lemmon Entertainment, Event Production
Joel Arshoff, CPA, CA – D. Jae Gold Entertainment Accountants
Heather Meehan – Integrated Communications
Paola Palazzo – Vice President of Live Nation Canada

For more information on Over the Bridge or to donate visit www.overthebridge.org.

Over The Bridge: Connecting members of the music industry to mental health and addiction recovery education, training and long-term support services. Collaborations and partnerships include Sonic Unyon Production, Vans Warped Tour, Lemmon entertainment, Marchese Health Care, Indie Week, Durham College and multiple live music venues across Ontario.

Media Contact: Ace Piva ace@overthebridge.org 905.962.22