Industry Profile: Steve Sonnier

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Steve Sonnier, a 15-year veteran in the entertainment facility management and negotiations industry was recently named assistant director of the UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago. As of May 1, 2004, Steve has been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the 10,000-capacity facility.

Steve began his career as a student concert programmer at the University of New Mexico, where he was chairman of the concert committee. Following graduation in 1989 Steve was hired on full time by UNM to head its newly formed Special Events Department. Almost immediately Steve initiated an aggressive effort to get concerts into the UNM Arena, also known as the PIT.

"It was not an easy task, as the PIT was a nearly impossible building to load a show into," Steve explains. "It had a tunnel with a 60-degree turn in it, and at its highest point was only 7 ½ feet high. So forget about the circus, an elephant would never fit down the tunnel. Once in the PIT, the roof could not support any sound and light rig, so a customized erector-set had to be built to fly sound and lights."

Despite these obstacles, and with the generous and loving assistance of Barbara Hubbard, Steve was able to attract a number of sell-out shows such as the Judds, Reba, George Strait, James Taylor and Garth Brooks, among others in only his second year.

In 1993, after five years at UNM Steve was off to Las Vegas to the Thomas and Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium, where he was assistant director in charge of booking and talent/promoter negotiations. In addition to competing heavily with the MGM Grand for concert acts, Steve was also successful in bringing big name boxing back to the TMC through relationships with Don King, Bob Arum with Top Rank Boxing, Bob Halloran with Mirage Resorts and Rich Rose with Caesars.

"The highlight of those years for me was working with the Grateful Dead up until Jerry's Garcia death in 1995," he says.

During his tenure at TMC/Sam Boyd Stadium, Steve worked with a number of promoters, including Barry Fey, Danny Zelisko, Bill Graham Presents, PACE Motor Sports, and Rick Van Santen and Paul Tollett with Goldenvoice.

Five years later Steve was off to Caesars World to be a talent buyer. His time with Caesars was cut abruptly short with the diagnosis of his mother's cancer. After only seven months Steve resigned and spent time with his mother up until her death in August 1999.

In November 1999, Steve and his wife, Suzanne, had their first child, Robert. "This was a time of great reflection," says Steve. "It was a time to take stock in what is really important in life."

Eighteen months after leaving Caesars and after several refusals to return to the gaming industry, Steve took the GM position at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., in August 2000.

"The Tacoma Dome was a great place to work," Steve reminisces. "The people who worked for me were awesome; the concert talent was pouring in. During my two years there, we had record revenues."

In August of 2002, Steve was recruited by Bill Graham Presents to be the GM of Shoreline Amphitheatre in the San Francisco/San Jose market. In the midst of moving from Washington to California, Steve and his wife had their second child, Lauren.

"The Clear Channel Entertainment GM job never panned out the way I thought it might," he says. Steve spent most of his time working with the City of Mountain View, the landowner of Shoreline, attempting to strengthen the relationship between the City and BGP.

"After only eight months, we all mutually agreed it was time for me to move along. I loved the people at Shoreline. They are probably one of the best show crews I had ever worked with in the country as far as sheer professional experience and talent and the love for the music."

Shortly after Steve left, Gregg Perloff and Sherry Wasserman split from CCE and formed Another Planet.

Steve spent the next 12 months with family and friends. "Life has a funny way of reminding you of what is important. And if you are paying attention you take advantage of these moments," he philosophizes.

"Even though I had already taken this job at UIC, I took stock once again following my father's death this past June. It was reaffirming to know I had made a good choice in moving to Chicago. It is so important to be in a stable and supportive environment for the sake of the family. I wanted to further my education, so being affiliated with the University was key. This is the perfect opportunity for me.

"I have had the privilege to work with, and for a number of outstanding facilities and promoters," Steve continues. "UIC and the Pavilion have provided me the best of all worlds - a dynamic campus environment and city, an enthusiastic, competent, conscientious, and caring staff - up and down, a place to grow and make improvements, and a great community for my son, daughter, and Suzanne. We are extremely happy to be here."

Does UIC promote in-house and/or use outside promoters?
The UIC Pavilion doesn't currently promote shows on its own. Every show we do is either a straight rental or a co-promotion. Jam does the majority of concerts in this building. However CCE, HOB, AEG and smaller regional promoter holds pop up now and then. Some of our recent concerts have been Widespread Panic, Coldplay, Ben Harper, Beck, and the String Cheese Incident.

How have college student bodies and their concert committees changed over the past five years?
There are some really good college programs out, and they're well funded. But in many colleges the student governments and student activity centers seem to have lost interest in running and supporting a thriving concert program. It takes a great deal to sustain such a program. It's not just the money; it's the huge commitment that these students take on. It's the hundreds of volunteers needed to work long, hard hours. I don't think that level of dedication is as strong as it was five or ten years ago. It has been my experience that when the students get engaged and steadfast, the universities are typically supportive budget wise.

Although UIC doesn't have a student program, in general, how important are free concerts for the student body?
It's critically important for campuses to establish a vehicle for new talent to play in front of a college audience. As a learning institution we should be providing students and the public the opportunity to experience all levels of the entertainment business, from the business side to the talent side to the audience side. Free or very low ticket prices aren't as important as they used to be. Or at least they have taken on a different role. Free talent is for noon hours. It gives the programmers a chance to mix on a sound board for the first time and gain valuable production experience. It gives the talent a slightly broader, if only passing, audience than a coffee shop or a local bar.

Is there a remedy in sight for the increasingly high priced concert tickets we have seen the past couple of years?
I really think there is. At some point, people simply will not pay the high price. Not because they cannot afford it, but on principle. There are rare exceptions, both in those who are still willing to PAY and those ABLE to play, but both their numbers are diminishing. Smaller halls, 8,000 - 12,000 seats, are going to take on a more important role in developing a whole new generation of talent. The smarter, more experienced managers should encourage new talent to slow down, build a strong foundation, and grow at a moderate pace from the ballrooms, smaller halls, the 10,000-seat halls and on up.

Working with some of the industry's top promoters, what is the most important thing you have learned from them?
A great deal of humility. I have the utmost respect for what concert promoters once were and, in some cases, still are. They're true entrepreneurs. I like the personal, and at times, heated discussions over a deal. It noticeably establishes a level of passion and risk the promoters are taking. As a building manager, I am more apt to take it more personally too. It's a day-to-day struggle. However, it makes you work so much harder for the success of the bands and shows. Their livelihood depends on this success. When these promoters started getting bought out, some of the intensity and drive got left behind. I'm so pleased to see some of these major promoter influences escaping from the corporate grind and getting away from the paperwork and back to promoting. It has been interesting to see them come full circle.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to get into facility management?
Start right away. As with any other industry, you typically are not going to get the higher paying salaries right out of the gates. Be prepared to work hard. I never understood the old saying work smarter not harder. In this industry you necessarily have to work smarter and harder. You really have to know and understand what the former means. Look for opportunities to work at the lowest levels. But have a very definite plan to work your way out and up. Look for mentors. Ask a good deal of questions. I have found almost all facility executives to be more than willing to share their knowledge. Beware though. There is such a thing as stupid questions. Think about what you want to know; and try to harness the power of clear statement and the gift of common sense. Though mentors are a willing and blessed bunch, they are very busy.

First concert attended
Supertramp in the late '70s in Vienna, Austria. I was living and going to school there. My father was in the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency. I was very young, a huge fan, and I distinctly remember guerillas running across the stage. I thought to myself then, this has got to be the business I get into. Although then I may have been thinking more about the guerrilla role.

First concert worked
As a student volunteer at the University of New Mexico's annual Fiesta in the spring of 1986 with Los Lobos. I literally just walked up to the stage area, and someone threw a t-shirt to me and said I was a stagehand. That's how it all started...I haven't asked too many questions since!

First industry Job
Chairman of the student concert committee at the University of New Mexico. We were given $100,000 a year to spend on entertainment. We weren't expected to make a dime back, but we did. This was my first introduction to Barry Fey and Bill Graham. One of the first of my many mentors was Bill Martin, who ran Popejoy Hall at UNM from the day it opened. Alarmed at the intensity and rage of Fey's and Graham's "discussions" with me, Martin said, "Have fun kid. Let them rant. Learn from them. What are they going to do? Kill you?" Despite their many screaming episodes with me, I grew to like them both very much, learned a great deal, and had a great time once I was fairly sure I wasn't going to be killed!"

Career highlights
There are many career highlights. For me the greatest joy I ever got was, and still is, helping people grow in this business. I cherish the friendships that have been developed over the years, during good times and bad times.

In every job I have ever worked, the organization has improved appreciably. In New Mexico I created a major concert program and a staff to run it. In Las Vegas, my years there saw the highest revenues in the two venue's history. At Caesars I refocused some of the attention back onto the artists, as well as controlled expenses at the properties. In Tacoma, I pulled together a seemingly disparate group of individuals into a cohesive unit. Again, raising the levels of revenue to record levels, all while controlling costs. Shoreline... same story as Tacoma. But the credit all goes to the individuals that worked at these facilities. These are the highlights of my career. Helping, coaching, and nurturing people are what I wake up every morning thinking about.

One of my fondest memories was spending time with Don Rickles and Tony Bennett when I was with Caesars. These are two of the sweetest artists in the business.

Career Disappointment
When Jerry Garcia died.

Coincidence or not, the general timing of Garcia's death marked a turning point in the industry, particularly in Las Vegas. This is roughly when Barbra Streisand came out with $100 - $1,000 seat tickets. This was when the Eagles came back and had $75 cheap seats and $200 good seats ... in a stadium. In the short run, everyone was giddy with the income. However, over the long-run I think we are seeing the damage that these outrageously high ticket prices are having. So... while it might not have been a personal career disappointment, it was a disappointing occurrence in the evolution of live touring. It's no secret, we are all feeling it, and I think there is an earnest desire to take steps to make market corrections. I don't have any real personal career disappointments. I've made a couple mistakes along the way, learned my lessons, and moved on. Nothing major.

Greatest challenge
Frivolous paperwork.

Best business decision
I haven't made it yet.

Best advice received
"In your life everything speaks. It is not just what you say. It's what you do… everywhere you are. God doesn't just listen to you when you find it convenient to speak to Him. He knows your thoughts and actions at all times, even when the world may not be watching." -- My dad.

Best advice to offer
Do everything you can to make those around you better. Build confidence in those around you.

Most memorable industry experience
Meeting Robert De Niro backstage at an Aerosmith Concert at the Thomas and Mack Center, I think it was their 1997/98 tour. At the start of our conversation I said, "I could have used you when I was a student dealing with Barry Fey and Bill Graham!" And De Niro said, "Yeah, well I could have really used you about 15 minutes ago when they wouldn't let me in your building!" He was kidding with me on the square. He is a nice guy.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I'd rather play golf than work. No wait. Everyone knows that. OK… I'm a huge fan of Barney the Purple Dinosaur live shows, and I'm big fan of Kipper the Dog. Kipper is just about the only show I'll watch on TV.

Industry pet peeve
Unsolicited requests for autographs from fans. Not really. I think that is part of the business. I suppose my biggest complaint would be when people don't behave professionally and respectfully. There's absolutely no excuse for that.

Office paraphernalia
Lots of Native American art, pictures of family, a bunch of toys for when the kids visit, my dad's veteran flag and Army dog tag, and a ton of autographed basketballs, baseballs, posters, 9X5 glossies.

If I wasn't doing this...
...I would be auditioning to be Barney.

Industry mentors
Don Fox, Barry Leff, Don Watson, Gerry Barad, Jerry West, Bill Martin, Lenny Stein with ICM, Robert Morris (legal counsel to William Morris), Alan Bregman, Debbie Morris.

Steve can be reached at 312-413-5700; e-mail:ssonnier@uic.edu

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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
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
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
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
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
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
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
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
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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