Industry Profile: Michael Maska

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Michael Maska is a 20-plus year music industry veteran who has been managing at Big Hassle for the past six years. His clients include the versatile Joe Jackson, New York's Mary Lee's Corvette, smooth jazz artist Pete Belasco, and up-and- coming singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson.

Mike began his music business career as a teenager, playing guitar in local bands in his hometown of Vineland, N.J. While still in high school he also worked at his local record store, the Harmony Shoppe, from 1972 to 1975. "It was a great time for pop music, especially R & B," Mike recalls. Selling 45s from great artists like Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Joe Tex, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and countless other legends provided him with a great education in pop music. Mike had, and still has, a tremendous appreciation for all kinds of music which is reflected in his roster of artists today.

After graduating in 1979 from Temple University with a degree in American Studies, Mike made a short detour into the book business, his other great love in life besides music. In 1984, itching to work again in the music business, he took a job at Sam Goody, managing several different stores in the Philadelphia area before moving into their Edison, N.J offices. In 1986 he began doing marketing for all the East Coast stores, booking co-op advertising, working with all the major distribution companies and labels as well as independents. As the marketing coordinator, he also oversaw major in store appearances for the chain, working with artists of all kinds, from Pavarotti to Jackie Mason to Tony Bennett to Johnny Mathis to Kiri Te Kanawa.

In 1988 Mike was hired by Geffen Records as regional marketing manager for the Northeast. He worked at Geffen for eight years, enjoying some of that company's most amazingly successful years with the likes of Guns 'n Roses, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Counting Crows, Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny, and countless others. Having risen to national field marketing director, Mike was recruited by Mercury Records in late 1995 as vice president of sales. "Leaving Geffen was difficult," Mike says, "but with Danny Goldberg at Mercury it seemed like a great opportunity to help in the re-building of a label that had been in the doldrums for some time." I In his second year at Mercury, it all seemed to be coming together well with the success of Hanson, the alliance with Def Jam, and the deal with Capricorn which brought Cake and 311 to the fold. But in 1998, Universal bought PolyGram and Mike was one of nearly 3,000 employees cut loose at the beginning of 1999 as a result of the merger of the two giant companies.

With no intention of re-entering the world of major labels, Mike started Big Hassle Management to work hand in hand with partners Jim Merlis and Ken Weinstein. His first client was the iconic Rickie Lee Jones with whom he worked for two years, bringing her Grammy nominated "It's Like This" to Artemis. He also brought Pete Belasco into the Big Hassle fold at that time.

Over time, the roster has evolved to where it is now and Mike couldn't be happier with his client list. "Working with Joe Jackson is a dream," he says. "He's an incredibly talented writer, performer, composer who's capable to taking on so many different kinds of projects. Mary Lee Kortes is a brilliant songwriter and a wonderful live performer, Pete Belasco is just beginning to get the recognition he so deserves, and Eric Hutchinson will be heard from...you can count on that."

How did you get into artist management?
Once I knew I probably wasn't going to have a job after the merger of PolyGram and Universal was completed, I began thinking about what I wanted to do next. I'd long thought about working with artists and being a manager. In 11 years of working in the major label world, I saw lots of very good managers and quite a few really bad ones. It occurred to me that understanding how labels actually work was a real asset; that and the fact that I've so much respect for artists and what they do. Rickie Lee Jones was looking for a manager, and I took on the challenge. The two years that I worked with her was the best training I could have ever had.

What did you learn from working with Rickie Lee Jones?
Well, it's hard to know where to begin. She's a genius and someone whose work I always loved, so the opportunity to work with her was an amazing stroke of luck for me. While I certainly understood the inner workings of record companies, working with an artist, especially one at her level was something completely different. I learned pretty quickly how much more there was to the job of being a manager than just being a liaison with a record company. Finding an appropriate booking agent, getting the right deal for the record she was planning on making, being intimately involved with the process of making the record, touring...all of it was stuff I had to educate myself about very quickly. And she is a veteran of 20-plus years as a recording artist so there was so much that I learned just by breathing the air around her. Obviously, I was aware that being a manager was a complex job....but it was a case of being thrown into the fire and I no doubt got a bit singed here and there!

What did you learn while at records labels that helps you in management?
How labels actually work, how radio promotion works, how to interact with publicity, sales, marketing, what the function of each department is. It used to amaze me sometimes when artists were being managed by old friends, college roommates, whomever....people who had no idea how the music business worked were guiding the careers of artists, most of whom also had no idea about the inner workings of the record business.

How did you come to sign Joe Jackson?
When we were making "It's Like This", Rickie's record of cover tunes, she one day, out of the blue said that she wanted to work with Joe Jackson and somehow find a role for him to play on the record. Having always been a fan of Joe's myself; I thought "great idea!" So I phoned his manager at the time, Winston Simone, who loved the idea. I spoke to Joe about working with Rickie, and he agreed, even though what his participation would actually be was all rather vague. He ended up dueting with her and playing piano on "One Hand One Heart," singing and playing piano on "Show Biz Kids," accompanying her on piano on "For No One" and writing string arrangements for two other songs. At some point during the course of his involvement, Rickie mentioned to me that Joe might be looking for another manager. Winston was starting a new publishing venture, and he and Joe had agreed to part ways. One Saturday night, I got a call at home from Joe who wanted to talk about the possibility of working together. After several meetings and quite a few pints of beer, he decided to give it a try. That was just about five years ago.

How did the reformation of the original Joe Jackson band happen?
After the tour for "Night & Day II," we were looking for projects for Joe. Movie scores, acting roles, pretty much everything was on the table. One of the more intriguing ideas was an off-Broadway adaptation of Joe's book, "A Cure For Gravity." Joe had written a treatment. I pitched the idea to a theater producer who liked the idea, and we were moving toward really trying to make it happen. One day after we'd had lunch with the producer, Joe told me he'd been thinking about reuniting the original band. The off-Broadway show immediately went to the back burner--where it remains--and Joe got with all three of his bandmates who very enthusiastically agreed to the new project. Once they were all on board, it all happened very quickly. And, I must say, it was one of the most enjoyable projects I've ever had the pleasure to be part of. The tour, which lasted for nearly seven months, took us across the US, Europe, and New Zealand and Australia.

Are there plans for that band to tour again?
No, it was always intended as a one-off and so it shall remain...a disappointment to the many, many fans of that amazing band, but that's Joe; not one to repeat himself. Also, the tour would have never happened had Joe not felt he had new songs and a new record to tour behind. He'd never tour just for the sake of the nostalgia associated with that band though I think we all got a kick out of that aspect of it.

How extensive will the Joe Jackson/Todd Rundgren tour be?
Joe and Todd will do about five and half weeks together. The tour will be in the U.S., primarily at performing arts centers and theaters. The idea for the tour grew out of a show they did together at the Delacorte in Central Park last summer. They'd only worked together once before that at a benefit for Joe's Pub at which Todd was staging a musical he'd written years ago called "Up Against It." I saw that it was happening and phoned BIll Bragin to see if there might be any way for Joe to participate. Bill asked Todd, Todd liked the idea; Joe did the performance and thoroughly enjoyed himself. When Bill was booking the last two weeks of August at the Delacorte as a "Joe's Pub in the Park" series, he asked if we might be able to have Joe and Todd do something together. It was Bill who suggested that Ethel, the string quartet, open the show. Everyone agreed it was a great idea, and so it happened. It turned out to be a magical evening. Ethel opened the show with a short set, Joe performed a solo set, Todd followed with his own solo set, and then all the performers played an encore of two songs, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Black Maria," an old song of Todd's from "Something/Anything." Since it worked so well, it's the format we'll follow, though with Joe and Todd you can expect surprises.

What do you need for tour support from labels for your artists?
Money! Just kidding though money obviously helps a lot. Aside from that, lots of participation with promoters to help promote the shows, a really good tour publicist, be it in-house or independent, lots of communication with retail and radio, and getting people from the labels, distribution companies, and retail, press, and radio out to shows.

What do you look for in signing new artists?
I have to really love what the artist is doing. Once I do, I meet with the artist and see how that feels. If it doesn't feel completely comfortable, I can't do it. Managing an artist is far too intimate a relationship to undertake without a very deep level of compatibility between the manager and the artist. Beyond that, practical considerations such as marketability, touring history, etc., all have to come into play.

How do you feel about free downloading of the Internet?
It's a double-edged sword. With a new artist, you're grateful to have ANY activity at all and if kids are swapping songs over the Internet, well at least someone's interested and listening. On the other hand, when artists aren't being paid, at any level, it's never a good thing. It's such a tough business and you hate to see anyone not be paid for the work they do.

First concert attended
The Band at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in 1970.

First concert worked
Whitesnake at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in 1988. I was a regional marketing manager for Geffen Records hosting a retail and radio meet and greet.

First industry job
The Harmony Shoppe in Vineland, N.J., my hometown. A wonderful old- fashion record store, the likes of which are extremely rare these days. I was 16 years old, and it was my first job, period, working as a clerk in the store selling some of the greatest soul music ever made on 45s.

Career highlights
Working with the great artists at Geffen Records such as Edie Brickell, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Counting Crows, Nirvana, Pat Metheny, Enya, and a host of others.

Career disappointment
Watching the industry consolidate and seeing first-hand the effect it's had on so many talented artists and industry executives.

Greatest challenge
Staying independent as a manager in an increasingly corporate business.

Best business decision
To become a manager and to work with artists whose work I truly love.

Best advice you received
Follow your bliss.

Best advice to offer
Follow your bliss.

Most memorable industry experience
Too many to narrow it to one, though one major highlight was watching Joe Jackson reunite his original band, make a great record, and tour and tour and tour.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I'm rather shy.

Industry pet peeve
Don't want to go there.

Favorite team/athlete
The Yankees/Derek Jeter: he represents the very best of Yankee pride and tradition.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...NUTS!

Industry mentors
Ed Rosenblatt, Danny Goldberg

Mike can be reached at: (212) 619-1360; e-mail: maska@bighassle.com

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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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