Bob Merlis with Memphis International recording
artist Louise Hoffsten at the Polar Prize
ceremonies in Stockholm last year.

Industry Profile: Bob Merlis

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) Music industry veteran Bob Merlis is the principal of M.f.h. (Merlis for hire), a public relations and consulting business.

For nearly 30 years, Bob's name had been synonymous with Warner Bros. Records where, he served in various publicity-related positions and, ultimately, as senior vice president, Worldwide Corporate Communications. Bob is also co-owner of Memphis International Records, a two-year old label that has already seen one of its artists receive a Grammy Award nomination.

Following his taking early retirement from Warner Bros. in 2001, Bob started M.f.h., and has since represented a wide range of clients including John Mellencamp, Etta James, ZZ Top, Lili Haydn, ABKCO Music and Records (The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke), John Fogerty, the Shout! Factory label, MCA Nashville (Patsy Cline), The Bridge School (Neil and Pegi Young), Consulate of Sweden/Polar Music Prize, "The Songs of The Pianist" (Universal Music Enterprises), Major Songs (Carl Sigman music publishing catalog), Julia Darling, Asleep at the Wheel and others.

After graduating from Columbia University in New York in 1969, Bob began his music industry career at Record World Magazine, where he served as assistant editor. In 1971 he joined Warner Bros. Records in New York as a press representative. Two years later he moved to Bearsville Records, assuming the post of operations manager. After a stint with RCA Records' A&R Department, Bob rejoined Warner Bros. Records in New York as senior press representative. He was named director of publicity in 1975 and relocated to the West Coast. In 1982, he was promoted to vice president / director of publicity and in 1992 became senior vice president of the department. In 1996 he was named to his final position with the label: In addition to his media relations duties, Bob acted in an A&R capacity for comedy signings bringing Robert Schimmel, Julia Sweeney, Joe Rogan, Eddie Griffin and The M.O.T. to the company.

In late 2001, Bob established Memphis International Records with David Less, a former music journalist for Rolling Stone and Downbeat and a Memphis regional promoter of concerts and festivals, who later served as executive director of The Blues Foundation and president of Gibson Records. Less heads up Memphis International's home office--down the street from Sun Records in Memphis-- and also serves as an entertainment consultant with clients ranging from Gibson Guitar Corp., ABC News, CNN, Morgan Freeman Productions, The Smithsonian Institute and Varsity Spirit Corp.

When they formed the label, Bob joked then that the initial budget "was extremely modest by conventional music standards. It's only five digits to begin with. We spend more on press kits for one Fleetwood Mac album at Warner Bros. than we anticipate spending to release six albums a year."

Both Bob and Less do A&R. Bob handles the PR and editorial, such as liner notes. Less does the physical record production, publishing clearances and business affairs. They outsource the radio promotion and work with Megaforce/Ryko on retail. Both are going to MIDEM this month to meet with their foreign distributors and to recruit new ones for territories where they are looking for representation. So far, they have partners in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden/Scandinavia, BeNeLux and Canada, and hope to nail down Japan and Australia at MIDEM.

The label's repertoire is not specific to any single genre, the principals' credo being to release "music we like." In less than two years, Memphis International has released nine albums including a Grammy nominated CD from Alvin Youngblood Hart, as well as critically lauded albums by Memphis soul legend Carla Thomas, folkloric icon Harmonica Frank Floyd, The Gypsy Hombres' Christmas collection Django Bells, a western swing set by Gene Pistilli AKA The Hoboken Saddletramp, The Redstick Ramblers currently charting album, a soul collection by Earl Thomas and Tracy Nelson's live CD recorded in a Tennessee prison. The first release this year will be by Sweden's Louise Hoffsten.

We’re going to put out an album by Rowland Salley, who is a gifted songwriter and Chris Isaak’s bass player. He also used to back Maria Muldaur for some time. We’re also working on a follow up record by the Gypsy Hombres. It will be a themed set, but I can’t divulge the theme lest somebody cop it. We’re also going to put out a collection by Booker T. Laury, a famous old Beale Street piano player also known as “Slopjar.” He died some time ago--he would be 90 this year--but my partner recorded him in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and we’re going to put out the best of those sessions plus some spoken word commentary by him on an album later this year.

Bob and Less recently debuted their Brooklyn International Records subsidiary with a doo-wop vocal album by the Mighty Echoes. They also have a comedy album project in the works for the label and will use the imprint "for stuff that that's somewhat removed from the roots skew of Memphis International," Bob says.

Bob is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of The Blues Foundation. He also has an ongoing affiliation with The Petersen Automotive Museum where he curated The Cars and Guitars of Rock 'n Roll exhibition and has served as Exhibits Development Director. He is the co-author of Heart &Soul: A Celebration of Black Music Style, 1930 to 1975, a nominee for the Ralph J. Gleason Award as Best Music Book of 1998. As an automotive journalist, he is a frequent contributor to Automobile Magazine and Details. He lives in Los Angeles and is the father of three sons, Alex, Ben, and Tim.

Why did you form a record label?
It was David Less' idea. He called and asked if I had lost money in the stock market and I told him I had. He asked if I had any fun losing it and I told him I hadn't. He then suggested a way of losing money - or maybe breaking even - that would be more fun: a label. I didn't hesitate to jump in, as David is a real music man with vision.

I had long thought of a label in which I'd have lots of input and even proposed one to Mo Ostin and Lenny Waronker back in the '80's, but they really wanted me to stay on the publicity side of things at Warner Bros. so I kind of gave up the notion for the next decade and a half. David's suggestion reawakened the idea so I went for it immediately.

What kind of artists are you looking for Memphis International Records?
Ones who make music we like. That's about the extent of our A&R constraint. Of course, our skew is roots, blues and folk, but we'd do a rock band if we felt strongly about their music and had a notion of how we'd market them. We have to be realistic in terms of our resources; if we found an overt pop act that we both liked, we'd have to look into what it takes to be competitive in that realm before we jumped in. It seems one needs millions of dollars to play that game. Millions of dollars is something we don't have so we tend to stay away.

Does an artist have to have a Memphis affiliation to be on the label?
No. I chose the name because "Memphis" means credible music to most of the world. While some of our artists are based in Memphis (Alvin Youngblood Hart, Carla Thomas), others are from other parts of the planet - Gene Pistilli lives in Nashville but traces his origins to Hoboken, N.J.; Tracy Nelson lives near Nashville but has roots in Madison, Wis.; The Red Stick Ramblers are from Baton Rouge; the Gypsy Hombres are a Nashville phenomenon; Earl Thomas lives in San Diego; The Mighty Echoes are L.A.-based; Harmonica Frank didn't live in any fixed place as he was a dyed in the wool hobo; and Louise Hoffsten lives and works in Sweden--she fills the "international" bill in our label's name. By the way The Mighty Echoes are on Brooklyn International, our sister label, and none of them are from Brooklyn...but I am.

What kind of tour support does Memphis International Records provide?
We give them radio, retail and publicity support when and where we can. We outsource our radio promotion and have some good results with airplay in a number of formats: blues, AAA and Americana. We even approached Radio Disney about The Mighty Echoes because kids love them, but maybe their belly buttons aren't aligned just right for them. My office provides publicity support in terms of getting CDs out for review nationally and focusing on tour markets. We were especially successful with Alvin Youngblood Hart in this regard as he tours quite a bit and has resonance in numerous key markets. The Red Sticks are touring successfully, and we do our best to highlight their dates in the press. We're keen on getting Louise Hoffsten over here to perform and support the release of her album, which we'll release here in April. It's going to come out in Scandinavia at the end of January.

How do you feel about free downloading of music over the Internet?
It's obviously a huge issue, and we can't really quantify how we've been affected by it. One of the things we try to do is give consumers a total package, not just a good song and some filler, which may be compelling enough for them to purchase the physical CD. We underscore this with liner notes to enhance the album experience. To date, we had contributions by best-selling authors Nick Tosches (Harmonica Frank) and Robert Gordon (Alvin Youngblood Hart), recording artists including Willie Nelson (Tracy Nelson), Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (Hart again), Linda Ronstadt (Red Sticks), Isaac Hayes (Carla Thomas) Bonnie Raitt and Marcia Ball (Louise Hoffsten), Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson (Gene Pistilli) plus Rock Hall of Fame President Terry Stewart (Mighty Echoes) and the legendary Jerry Wexler (Earl Thomas).

What did you learn from all your years at a major label in doing/not doing at your label?
Necessity is a mother. That is to say, we don't have the resources of a major so we have to make every release count which, these days, the majors have to pay heed to, as well, I suppose. We also don't consider a record "over" after an arbitrary point in time. If we can find new life for Gene Pistilli's album in Germany a year after it was released, we're thrilled.

While you were at Warner Bros, did you foresee the eventual rapid decline of major labels?
Not really. They seemed invincible. The fact that a media conglomerate like (AOL) Time Warner sold off its music assets would have been unthinkable in the 1990s.

What makes a good publicist?
You've got to know what you're pitching and know to whom you're pitching it to. I'm an automotive journalist on the side so I'm subject to PR pitches from publicists in that realm. It's amazing to hear their canned, scripted spiels and realize that they've never bothered to read what I write. It's basic and now with the Internet, it's pretty inexcusable. If I want to see what the take of a certain writer in the, say, The Austin American Statesman, I can just look it up online and see if there's a potential 'fit' there with what I'm promoting. Having a passion for the music and a sense of its context are also the marks of quality pr.

What was your most outrageous publicity campaign?
I don't know about "outrageous" but I was involved in the re-launch of ZZ Top that led up to the huge success of Eliminator. We just underscored the band's blues roots culminating in a wonderful "Bye Bye Birdie" kind of event in Clarksdale, Miss. and let the boogie wash over our target outlets.

I also hired the original Rent-A-Wreck lot in West L.A. for a party to celebrate Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps film. We also flew a whole slew of journalists to Paris to see the launch of Prince's "Lovesexy" tour, and he didn't talk to any of them which shocked some of them, but I did my best to warn them that he wasn't the world's greatest conversationalist.

In the long run, is bad publicity better than no publicity?
It is, to a great extent. It's the old tree falling in the woods schtick. People are still talking about Ozzy's dove - or was it a chicken - years after the fact. Speaking of Ozzy, Asleep At The Wheel have a song called "Don't Go There" on their new album. It's about the incident in the early 1980s when Ozzy relieved himself on the Alamo and caught all kinds of Texas hell for it. It's the stuff of songworthy legends, I guess.

First concert attended
Peter, Paul & Mary opening for Martin Luther King at Westchester County Centeri in 1963 or '64.

First concert worked
From 1966-8, I was with the committee that presented entertainment at Columbia University I was involved in presenting The Byrds (Graham Parson era edition) as a result, The Barbarians of "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl" fame were the openers. I also worked on concerts by Simon and Garfunkel (Art was a grad student at Columbia), Martha and The Vandellas, The Grateful Dead during the 1968 student uprising, etc.

First industry job
Worked for Record World as "schlepper" starting in October 1969. I stayed there for two years, did their singles reviews, and became assistant editor.

Career highlights
At Record World I got to do the cover "picks," and promo people lobbied me for the shot. I met lots of great characters and had lunch with Ricky Nelson and got to meet Swamp Dogg for the first time--he's still my friend). My first tenure at Warner Bros. followed ('71-73), then to Bearsville Records (in NYC, not the town of Bearsville, N.Y.) where I was operations manager, RCA (A&R under Don Heckman), back to WB where I stayed for the next 27 years.

Career disappointment
When Mo Ostin and Lenny Waronker left WB. The corporate intrigue aspect for which they had no stomach was a pox on those of us who stayed.

Greatest challenge
Dealing with the Ice T "Cop Killer" imbroglio. It was a classic first amendment defense, but there was no winning the argument when confronted by the widows of police officers. Ultimately Ice T, who, by the way, was a sweetheart to work with, left the label, but the controversy continued until rap became more or less, mainstream music. Then again, if you put out a record with a description of a policeman being shot today, there certainly would be a hue and cry.

Best business decision
Coming back to WB in '74. I owe my return to Liz Rosenberg, who lobbied for me, and I didn't even know her at the time. We're still the best of friends to this day, and she's one of the few people still at Warner Bros. from my era.

Best advice you received
From Mo Ostin when I said I might leave to be a VP at ABC Records: "What do you want to do that for? They're not going to be in the record business very much longer." He was right, and I'm glad I stayed.

Best advice to offer
For someone doing PR? Know your contacts. Read what they write. Don't pitch them from a script, it's embarrassing.

Most memorable industry experience
Hard to say. Being involved in the re-launch of ZZ Top when they came to WB was great. I'm still repping them again these days, and they're getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in this year so we must have done something right.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I had a soft spot for teen pop in the Debbie Gibson/Martika era.

Industry pet peeve
Meetings.

Office paraphernalia
I have decades worth of memorabilia on the walls of my office. Lots of Studebaker iconography too as I write about cars for Automobile Magazine unrelated to my music biz PR work.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
…selling cars.

Industry mentors
Liz Rosenberg, Bob Regher, Lenny Waronker, Mo Ostin, Gene Sculatti, Paul Fishkin, Stan Cornyn, Billie Wallington and Sid Parnes.

Bob can be reached at (323) 962-6887; e-mail: bobmerlis@bobmerlis.com

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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
Nanette Zumwalt, Hired Power 02/03/06

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