Industry Profile: Bill Bragin

— Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Throughout his 15-year career, Bill Bragin, currently director of Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, has been devoted to breaking down barriers of genre, style and geographic borders with a particular interest in hybrids and artistic cross-fertilization.

Bill is one of the United States' most influential presenters of international music in a live setting, having presented over 600 shows in the past 15 years, representing a who's who of the music world, from Brazilian, Latin, African and Asian artists to jazz, hip-hop, rock, country, electronic and American roots music, as well as modern and ethnic dance, solo theater/performance and spoken word events.

Joe's Pub was recently selected by The Village Voice Best of New York as "Best Excuse to let a Single Venue to Dictate Your Taste" and by Citysearch.com as New York's "Best Theater to Catch Rising Stars" and one of the city's best live music venues.

He previously served as music curator at Symphony Space where he programmed the nationally acclaimed 12-hour Wall to Wall Miles Davis event, curated the Adventures series of collaborations between New York and Chicago post-rock, hip-hop and jazz artists and commissioned live music for dance and other programs. Prior to that he was artistic director of Central Park SummerStage, booking five seasons of New York's premier free performing arts festival.

Bill was also the founding general manager of NYNO records, an independent label devoted to presenting the indigenous music of New Orleans, co-founded by legendary producer, songwriter and musician Allen Toussaint and radio syndication pioneer Joshua Feigenbaum.

During four years at George Wein's Festival Productions (1989 - 1993) Bill produced the 1992 and 1993 Boston Globe Jazz Festivals, managed marketing programs for American Express (around 1991-1993) and worked on many other festivals including the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, JVC Jazz Festival and others (1991-1993).

Bill got his start in the live entertainment industry as co-chair of the Alternative Concert Series of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.

In 1999, Bill founded Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures, a music and performing arts consulting service devoted to exposing and developing outlets for cutting edge global culture in a variety of mediums. Projects have included: programming Caribbean, electronic and African music series for Lincoln Center Festival 2000-2001; booking international artists for the Abril Pro Rock Festival in Recife, Brazil; providing music supervision for choreographers, filmmakers and corporate clients; and consulting on sponsorship and new program development for various clients. As a music journalist, he has reported for CMJ New Music Monthly, SonicNet, CDNow, VH1.com and CBC Radio's Global Village.

A resident DJ of GlobeSonic , since July 2000 and a member of the Mishpucha collective, Acidophilus has brought his multifarious musical interests to festivals, clubs and parties in an international array of venues, including MassMOCA in North Adams, MA; Recife, Brazil; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin and Essen, Germany; and Vancouver, Canada.

In his hometown of New York City, Acidophilus has DJed at such prestigious venues as the Hammerstein Ballroom, Bowery Ballroom, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Groovejet, BAMCafe, Lincoln Center, Galapagos, Makor, Halcyon, El Flamingo, and Paisley, and shared the bill with such artists as Carlinhos Brown, The Gipsy Kings, Antibalas, Aterciopelados, Ex-Centric Sound System, Yerba Buena, DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Bassa, and DJ Peretz (aka Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction/Porno for Pyros).

A leading activist in expanding knowledge and interest in world music, Acidophilus is active promoting world music through such organizations as the North American Folk Alliance, the Association of Performing Arts presenters, and CMJ and serves as an advisor to the Central Park SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn festivals and the Black Rock Coalition.

Would you rather be a musician (DJ) full time or concert promoter?
I prefer being a concert presenter. DJing for me is a creative outlet, and another way of championing music and artists that turn me on. I see it as an extension of what I do as a curator of live performances. But the magic that happens when artist and audience are in the same place at the same time is an enormous motivator for me. That's why I left the record business to go back to live performance.

What is your fascination with world music?
There is an incredible array of wildly creative music being made all around the world, and I see no reason to limit myself only to music with words I understand, in 4/4 rhythms with a 12-note chromatic scale. By opening my ears to world music, I have been turned on to some of the best singers on the planet, heard extraordinary virtuoso instrumentalists, and discovered new sounds and styles which synthesize a broad array of influences in unique and inventive ways. It allows me to hear all music differently, including Western pop/rock.

Through exposure to the music and art of another culture, you become more sensitized to the global reality. It's not a "one world - we are all the same" kind of thing. It's more of a way to celebrate and appreciate the uniqueness of each culture, while also being aware of all the common elements that bind us together. To learn from other perspectives. Hear different rhythms, different scales, and different ways of perceiving time. There can be more than 12 notes in a scale - you just need to learn how to hear the notes in between the notes.

It isn't only a musical interest but a larger socio-political one as well. Our country is way too isolationist and xenophobic. Part of my interest in world music is because I choose not to live in a world bounded by the borders of the United States. I work in a global context, my peers and friends are all over the world, and it's not just about exporting the American perspective but about a mutual interchange of music, ideas and friendship.

How has world music progressed in the States in the past five years?
The market is definitely growing, and there are more artists like Cesaria Evora, Buena Vista Social Club, Les Nubians, Punjabi MC and so on who can break out of the world music ghetto and have more crossover success. The general market is more accepting of world music, and you don't need to rely as much on the ethnic base from the artist's community of origin. The general media has also become fairly accepting of world music, and there is regular coverage in the dailies and weeklies.

At the same time, there are growing barriers, especially post 9-11, as far as visas and State Department approvals, both the process, and the increasing expense are becoming more and more cumbersome and restrictive. The limited mass media outlets are also an obstacle- radio and television are fairly abysmal. It takes a lot to find ways for audiences to hear new world music, and everyone knows, the way new fans are won are first and foremost by hearing music rather than reading about it.

Are there some countries where you have a hard/harder time getting acts to perform in the States?
Of course it's become harder to get visas for Cuban and Middle Eastern artists, but in general, it's getting harder all around -- visa costs increasing, waiting times extending and burdensome new interview requirements - these apply to people in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Caribbean, you name it. And it's not just world music affected. The same restrictions are making it harder for pop, electronic, classical, R&B and jazz artists from abroad as well.

Where have you traveled to seek out world music?
I regularly attend the annual (October) WOMEX conference, which moves around Europe - German, Spain, Netherlands, France, etc., and it's where I mostly discover artists who are new to the U.S. This October WOMEX is in Seville, Spain. I also attend conferences like CMJ, SXSW, and sometimes Folk Alliance, which will have a joint conference with Strictly Mundial (another world music meeting) in Montreal in 2005. I've traveled to Brazil several times visiting friends (that I met through music) and hear lots of great music and buy tons of records/CDs --especially the Abril Pro Rock festival in Recife Pernambuco (2000-2001) -- one of the most influential alternative and roots music festivals in Brazil -- as well as Rio, Salvador and Sao Paulo (Heineken concerts), been to Ethiopia (New Years 1999-2000), Spain (Spring 2002). This past June, I attended the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes, Morocco. I tend to vacation in places with great local music to feed my music jones at the same time. I still need to get to the Festival in the Desert in Mali, West Africa and South Africa in general. I've never been to Asia or large parts of Latin America. Lots more traveling to do.

Do you see any world music trends in the next five years?
There is a growing resurgence in older groups - following the lead of Buena Vista, influential older West African Groups like Bembeya Jazz, Orchestra Baobab, Super Rail Band of Mali have resurfaced to gain new acclaim. At the same time, global fusion from all angles is increasing, whether it's Jay Z and Punjabi MC or Clotaire K (French Lebanese rapper and oud player), or New York Asian massive producer and tabla player Karsh Kale, DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Massa (mixing Northeastern Brazilian forro with breakbeats) or Sidestepper (Colombian salsa/breakbeats/ragga).

Artists of my generation and younger from all over the globe are growing up and combining regional styles while also paying attention to all the global influences of popular culture. It's not forced; it's not selling out. It's an organic combination of all the various musical information that has influenced them. This is why Chico Science was so influential to me - mixing thrash guitars, hip-hop, funk and local folk rhythms in Brazil even before all the rap/rock stuff became so prevalent in the States. It made me realize that you can draw from global influences but still represents your unique local perspective without losing your identity.

Do you miss your larger scale promotions with Festival Productions and SummerStage vs. Joe's Pub?
Not really. I'm amazed that I can still work with so many of the same artists I worked with in much larger venues with much larger budgets, even though Joe's Pub is a 150-seat room. At points I miss the adrenalin rush of reaching 6,000 - 10,000 people at the same time (one show I produced for the Boston Globe Jazz Festival with Ray Charles attracted about 75,000), but there is a special magic that happens in this intimate space where the communication between artist and audience is so direct. And an artist who can hold an audience of 150 in rapt silence or spark a whole room to explode into applause and dancing can be just as powerful, especially when you feel like the artist is essentially playing in your living room. (Albeit a living room with really good sound and lights and great cocktails.)

As Joe's Pub and The Public Theater's reputation grows, there is also a prestige that artists benefit from when they play here that can lead to other opportunities. With the number and variety of shows I now program year-round, week in week out, I have an ability to champion artists I believe in, and with the help of the media, even these small plays can have profound impact on the artist's career. I've seen artists get signed because of their gigs here, such as Gavin DeGraw, Morley and Ethel, get other bigger shows such as Norah Jones, Raul Midon, and Natalie MacMaster, garner radio interest, and so on. My work still has impact, which is important to me.

Probably what I miss the most is the ability to bring very different audiences together in the same space at the same time through creative programming. Those kinds of juxtapositions, whether at SummerStage or Wall to Wall Miles Davis at Symphony Space, were really gratifying, both as a way to create new musical connections for people, but also to create intergenerational, cross-cultural connections as well. I look at my work as being in a larger cultural context, and community building through the arts is important.

What is your booking policy at Joe's Pub?
The booking policy is intentionally eclectic. I'm looking for artists of integrity with something to say, and a unique and personal way in which to say it. Genre labels don't mean too much to me. And it's not limited to music - dance, performance, comedy, theater, spoken word - it's all part of the mix. I really look at Joe's Pub as a performing arts venue disguised as a nightclub.

The balancing act is between international stars - people like Richard Thompson or Solomon Burke or Angelique Kidjo or Kronos Quartet and supporting local developing artists on the verge of breaking out - Gavin DeGraw, Morley, Raul Midon, Ethel, etc. There are a few artists who have not yet played here - Elvis Costello and Caetano Veloso are two - who have had many of their musical peers perform at Joe's Pub. In the case of Elvis (Nick Lowe, Glenn Tilbrook, Aimee Mann, Bill Frisell), and with Caetano (Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jacques & Paula Morelenbaum, Moreno Veloso), so it's just a matter of time. Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Shirley Horn, Cassandra Wilson...I don't really think there is a case of anyone who is "too big" an artist for us. It just needs to be the right time and the right circumstances.

First industry job
Internship: New Music Distribution Services (founded by Carla Bley & Michael Mantler; Yale Evelev of Luaka Bop was my boss. He still calls me Billy) -- Summer 1986. Paid: Festival Productions, Inc.: writing press releases/radio spots for JVC Jazz Festival and Mellon Jazz Festival (Philadelphia) in May 1989.

First concert attended
My father took us to see Clark Terry somewhere on Long Island. First on my own: Kiss - Nassau Coliseum. Dynasty tour, I think, around 1979.

First concert worked
Willem Breuker Kollektief - Alternative Concert Series of Haverford & Bryn Mawr Colleges.

Career highlights
- First concert I produced out of school: In April 1991 Festival Productions, Rhythm in Mind, for Carnegie Hall Centennial Festival - Steve Coleman artistic director, featuring Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Wheeler, Kevin Eubanks, Dave Holland, Marvin Smitty Smith and Ed Blackwell. It lead to a record project for Steve Coleman and my first liner notes acknowledgement;

- Presented U.S. debut of Brazilian manguebeat pioneer Chico Science & Nacao Zumbi, on a bill with Gilberto Gil at Central Park SummerStage, Summer 1995. Opened up an incredible array of musical and personal experiences and friendships, and created a lifelong passion of international music, and had a major impact on his visibility back home in Brazil.

- Curated an evening length tribute to John Cage's silent piece 4' 33" (' for minutes, " for seconds) when SummerStage was having issues with noise complaints from its neighbors about featuring Merce Cunningham, David Tudor and many others at SummerStage as part of a citywide Cage celebration. Avant-garde and populist at the same time (Summer 1994);

- Put out Allen Toussaint's first new album in 18 years at NYNO, Spring 1996;

- Curated Wall-to-Wall Miles Davis at Symphony Space (March 2001) - a free 12-hour celebration of the music of Miles Davis from all periods. Incredible music, entire day/evening simulcast locally on WBGO and about six hours broadcast nationally on Jazzset. It got tremendous reviews, and the musicians, critics and fans still talk about it. Probably the single best work I've done to date;

- Ongoing chances to work with incredible artists in the 150-seat Joe's Pub - Richard Thompson, Peter Wolf, Rosanne Cash, Sandra Berhnard, Audra McDonald, Kronos Quartet, Nick Lowe, Solomon Burke. (September 2001-present)

Career disappointments
That NYNO, the label I managed for Allen Toussaint and Josh Feigenbaum, didn't end up having the ongoing impact we thought it would, bringing the music of New Orleans to the rest of the world. And that I didn't get to spend enough time in the studio learning how to produce records from Mr. Toussaint.

Greatest challenge
Maintaining balance. When you make your passion your career, it's easy to lose yourself in your work and not set the boundaries between work and personal time. It leads to lots of broken New Years resolutions.

Best business decision
Taking lots of downwardly mobile jobs to keep myself in positions I felt passionate about.

Best advice you received
From Josh Feigenbaum: To take time to step back, bring in other staff people you can trust and delegate to them so you can gain some traction, rather than trying to plunge forward and handle everything myself.

Best advice to offer
Create a broad network of people and don't burn bridges. If you stay in this field for a long time, you will continue to work with the same people in one context after another. Value those relationships and keep them positive and productive, even through the trouble spots. You don't have to love everyone, but you have to work together.

Most memorable industry experience
Too many to recount. Standing at the side of the stage at SummerStage watching Elvis Costello with Nick Lowe on one side of me and Suzanne Vega on the other and thinking, "this is my life", when the centerpiece of my Bar Mitzvah table was a Styrofoam sculpture of Elvis was a pretty loft realization.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I still care about them a lot even though I never seem to make enough time for them, unless they come to see me at Joe's Pub. It's no reflection of what I think about them.

Industry pet peeve
I recently read a quote from a venue manager who said basically, "As long as people are coming through the turnstiles, it doesn't matter whose name is on the ticket." That's exactly what I'm not interested in about this business. For me, the art and the artists always come first. When it's reduced to bodies, cashflow and product, you might as well be selling zippers. You'd probably make more money that way anyway. People with expense accounts that still want to get on the guest list rather than supporting the artist, especially when they call on the day of the show.

Office paraphernalia
Piles of CDs in no particular order (though I sort of know what's what), artist-signed posters from SummerStage and Wall to Wall Miles Davis, the "Why Cheap Art Manifesto" from Bread & Puppet Theater ("People have been THINKING too long that ART is a privilege of the MUSEUMS & the RICH. ART IS NOT BUSINESS!....Art is FOOD. It does not belong to banks and fancy investors. You can't eat it but it feeds you. ART has to be CHEAP &available to EVERYBODY. It Needs to be EVERYWHERE because it is the inside of the world...."), a photo of my partner of eight years, Lisa.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
…working somehow with the arts/non-profit community building.

Industry mentors
Yale Evelev, John Schreiber, George Wein, Josh Feigenbaum and, by example (never worked with them, but their approaches influenced my approach tremendously) - Joe Killian, Hal Wilner.

Bill can be reached at 212-539-8500; e-mail: bbragin@publictheater.org

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Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
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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