Tom Cantone congratulates Ashanti on her sold out
show at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

Industry Profile: Tom Cantone

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Twenty-five year veteran of the casino, entertainment, hotel and resort industry Tom Cantone, is vice president of entertainment & marketing of Foxwoods Resort Casino, and has been recognized as "revolutionizing casino entertainment" by numerous media.

Tom began his career and rose rapidly up the corporate ladder at the Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company, winding up as director of corporate marketing for all of Hershey's 16 operating divisions including its sports, entertainment, theme park and resort hotels. During the 70's, its theme park ranked among the top 10 attractions in the country.

Atlantic City's reemergence in the early 80's as the nation's top tourist and gaming mecca prompted the Sands Hotel and Casino to recruit Tom as its vice president in charge of entertainment, promotions, advertising, public relations, bus and slot marketing operations. By ushering in a new wave of stars and attractions, Tom was widely credited for changing the face of Atlantic City's traditional marketing. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that his originality produced "The best shows ever staged". The Philadelphia Inquirer called him "The most innovative…", and Philadelphia Business Magazine credited him for "Revolutionizing casino entertainment and bringing it into a new era."

The new era in the mid 80's gave rise to developer Donald Trump, who recruited Tom for his top-spot as corporate vice president of entertainment for all three Trump properties: Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza and Trump Marina. Tom's use of television, major events, promotions and timely bookings propelled him into the national scene as one of the most successful and respected entertainment executives. The Philadelphia Daily News called him, "The most influential booker of talent in the U.S.".

Tom left the gaming industry for a brief period but returned in the mid-90's for the Dallas-based Hollywood Casino Corp. as vice president of studio and retail marketing for its properties in the Chicago and Memphis markets. In addition to his corporate role, he also was named vice president of the Sands as part of their Atlantic City holdings. He formed strategic alliances with corporate sponsors, which The Wall Street Journal called "a coup", and launched a new joint retail merchandising venture with Hollywood's top studios that Video Business Magazine called "astounding".

Adds ICM agent Steve Levine, "I've worked with Tom almost my entire career and he's always the same. Professional, reliable, and his word is his bond. I've never hesitated in bringing him top talent, as he really knows how to treat stars."

By the late 90's a new casino powerhouse was now on the national scene as the number one gaming operation in the world. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, recruited Tom in 1998 to join its senior management team as vice president of Foxwoods Entertainment Group. Tom now directs the country's largest casino entertainment operation, which includes the 1,400-seat Fox Theatre for headliners and boxing (opened by Frank Sinatra), B.B. King Nite Club (blues/comedy), B.B. King Dance Club (dancing/DJs, special events and parties), two lounges - Intermezzo Nite Club (jazz) and Atrium Nite Club (pop and cover bands), and the 4,000-seat Fox Arena (major fights/concerts).

He also created the Foxwoods News Network (FNN), which won a Telly Award for excellence in employee communications. Tom serves on the executive committee and senior marketing committee.

In 1999, Tom, a graduate of Penn State University, received the Penn State Alumni Achievement of the Year award for leadership in his profession and community.

How has the casino entertainment business changed in the past 25 years?
The biggest change is the talent. It's younger, more diverse and varied; R&B acts in particular, which are more "mainstream" than they were years ago. Production value is better. The quality of lighting and special affects and video support give more energy to the stage.

What has been the impact of casino concerts on the music industry?
It's an economic impact. Artist management wants a piece of a $41 billion casino entertainment industry that is far bigger than the movie industry today. The collective firepower of new casino venues in key and support markets has increased play dates, ticket revenues and merchandising of artists nationwide. Who doesn't want in on a chance for this magnitude of incremental revenue opportunities that's in every state now except four. Casino showrooms now represent a powerful new entertainment segment everybody wants a piece of today. With CD sales down as much as 14 percent, I'd be looking to route my act throughout the entire casino network.

Does casino entertainment set a trend for the industry?
Not really. But our job is to catch the trend before it happens. Timing is everything when booking talent or an event.

Why should casinos be attractive to talent?
Today's modern casinos probably represent the newest and biggest retail distribution network in America. It has an immediate and direct impact on newfound ticket and merchandise revenue. More importantly, it's the casino that also pays for a lot of the overhead related to touring and on top of that, spends expensive adverting dollars promoting the act. It's a no-lose engagement.

How important is comedy to Foxwoods?
Comedy is rated among the top three most requested shows from our research. My line-up is very strong with comedy and we have had everyone from Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Damon Wayons, Kevin James, Carrot Top, Jamie Kennedy, Dennis Miller, David Spade, etc., and added more in the B.B. King Night Club.

What about the stigma placed on acts performing at casinos as "has-beens?
Years ago a "casino" gig was the last stop and now often is the first stop. An agent once said to me, "We won't play a casino." And I said, "I'll give the other Grammy winners who play here your regards..."

That some 85 percent of Americans say casinos are not only acceptable for themselves and others, but that people spent nearly three times on this form of entertainment than what was spent at the box office for movies last year. To say you don't want to go where 26 percent of the U.S. population goes for entertainment is not a good business decision. You also need to know that people aged 21-39 rate casino entertainment at a 91 percent approval rating. It's a new day and a new generation that I do everything I can to market to.

It's 2003. MTV goes to Vegas. Entertainment and casinos are today's contemporary programming boom. The education is over. If you don't get it now you lose. What's at stake? The largest concentration of fan economics in the world. The new wave of today's stars has cashed in on casino venues and the next generation has arrived. Yesterday's casino image of buses, blue heads and bingo, is transforming to crazy cars, cool heads and concerts.

Is there any talent you have tried to book and could not?
I'm the 6th Beatle, and would have loved to book Paul McCartney.

Why are you recognized as the guy who revolutionized casino entertainment?
I was the new kid on the block - a walk-on when I got to Atlantic City. We just did most things differently which was so opposite from what was being done in the early 80's. From producing our own shows to booking the latest movie stars to personal appearances like Sly Stallone (Rocky parties) Don Johnson (Miami Vice parties) to Vanna White to so many new headliner names who were in the news, that it captured the attention of the Las Vegas Sun who claimed we have taken the title of Entertainment Capitol of the World away from them. I guess from that time on we started some ideas that the press considered revolutionary for its time.

What types of acts work best at Foxwoods?
The best are on two levels: ones that are happening now on the charts, in the news, making a lot of noise that you can ride the promotional coat-tails of. The others are proven names who do consistently well with players, which is the reason we do it in the first place. The problem is the talent pool in this group is becoming smaller and over time will be gone. That's why you need to develop the next generation of acts for the next generation of players.

What is Foxwoods' competition?
This market is literally a duopoly - two of the biggest casino operators in the world (Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun) going after much of the same talent pool. But it's not in both our best interest to over react to buying talent. There are those who try and pressure us into a competitive panic buy, and we just won't do that. We're smart operators, and today we're more in control of what we want. If I hear, "I know I can get more over there," then I say, "go there." But, that's rare. I've known most of the players for years, and they're good friends. They would not put me in that situation. The good news is that between Foxwoods and Mohegan, we're bringing in more entertainment than most Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos. So from that standpoint, competition is a good thing.

The weather, the economy, homeland security alerts, other casinos, arenas and sometimes our own success, are also our competition. People say that we're recession proof. That's not so. We're resistant to a recession, but less money in your pocket affects everybody. Keep in mind, Foxwoods alone has put some $900 million back into the state's economy. Works both ways.

Have there been televised concerts from Foxwoods?
That's one of our marketing goals - to promote the brand to a national audience. So far, we've done 13 televised concerts and close to 50 fights on TV. The fights alone have reached some 33 million people on HBO, ESPN, FOX, etc. Our biggest televised concert was to a worldwide audience of 165 million viewers on ABC's live coverage of the Millennium, which carried Barry Manilow, live from Foxwoods. Other TV specials include: PBS: British Invasion (groups that followed the Beatles/Rolling Stones) "Hey La Hey La" - famous girl groups of the 60's, An Evening with Gene Pitney, An Evening With Mirabal, an NBC taped Christmas Special - Ice Spectacular with Aretha Franklin, MTV's Fanatic with MYA, VHI Behind the Music with Peter Frampton, and others.

What kind of personal appearances has Foxwoods done?
Everyone from the Sopranos to Super Bowl MVP's like John Elway to super models like Heidi Klum to NBA MVP's like Shaq, to Baywatch babes, and of course, my favorites - players from the New York Yankees.

What is the story behind the two B.B. King clubs?
I approached B.B. King and his manager one night after the show in B.B.'s dressing room, and asked casually if they wanted to do some type of entertainment partnership. We were already going to build two new nightclubs, and I thought the association with an American entertainment icon would give us instant recognition and define what the product would be. They never hesitated, and a year later we opened the first outside joint venture in Foxwoods' history. The clubs have done very well and have been named the best Night Clubs in America by the readers of Casino Player Magazine.

First industry job
V.P. Entertainment - Sands Hotel/Casino, Atlantic City.

Career highlights
Signed over 400 casino debuts - Eddie Murphy, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Crystal, Elton John, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosanne Barr, David Spade, Dennis Miller, Norah Jones, Ashanti, Macy Grey, Dixie Chicks, Enrique Iglesias, Seinfeld, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, Pink, Gloria Estefan, Musiq, LL Cool J, Jon Stewart, India Arie, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Kevin Bacon, Jeff Foxworthy, Wayne Brady, Damon Wayons, Billy Idol, Heart, Nas.

Career disappointment
Booked Elvis the day he died. I guess that makes me the last man...

Greatest challenge
After all this time, I still have to convince some of today's hot contemporary artists to play a casino venue. It takes me back to the 80's when it was the age of enlightenment.

Best business decision
Created a joint entertainment partnership with B.B. King to open two nightclubs, voted Best Nightclub in America this year.

Best advice received
To "keep 'er going" from my old boss, Bruce McKinney, president of Hershey Entertainment & Resort Co. Whenever I needed encouragement, that's always what he said to me.

Best advice to offer
Live your life the way you want to be remembered.

Most memorable industry experience
Opening night of my first casino entertainment event in 1984 at the Sands in Atlantic City. It was an original in-house production show called Celebration, with a show cast of 12, including Clint Holmes. The entire show was created, designed (sets, costumes, choreography) and produced in-house. All eyes were on the show and on me because up 'till then - all shows were pre-packaged from Las Vegas producers. It went on to win Best Show of the Year. I'll never forget how happy everyone was that night, including the press.

The Atlantic City Press wrote: "The Best Show Ever or for that matter - Anywhere". More importantly, it was my first major entertainment project and my debut as well. I was a walk-on, a rookie to A.C., with no political ties to protect me, and my reputation on the line. After that, I felt that Atlantic City was now my new home.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I actually was with someone my own age once.

Industry pet peeve
To hear someone still say, "we don't want to play a casino," forgetting that the fans in those seats are the ones who buy their CDs and concert tickets. I think it's funny to limit your revenue potential no matter what you're selling.

Office paraphernalia
Globes. I collect the planet, no celebrity photos on the wall.

If I wasn't doing this I would be…
…living a life of regrets - - because you're not old until regrets takes the place of dreams.

Industry mentors
Bill Weidner, president, Venetian. His insights and instincts taught me much about the casino business.

Tom can be reached at 860-312-4517; e-mail: tcantone@mptn-nsn.gov

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David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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