Ken Weinstein, left, and Luther Dickinson from the
North Mississippi Allstars

Industry Profile: Ken Weinstein

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Ken Weinstein is president of Big Hassle Media, one of the music industry's leading publicity machines. There, Ken currently oversees all aspects of the company, which also includes artist management and licensing arms.

Before Big Hassle, Ken honed his skills in various music industry jobs. He worked as editor on various magazines for several years before starting his career as a music critic in 1987. He also played bass in a New York City band, You And What Army, which released their 1996 album "Kinda Wanna" on Big Deal/Caroline Records and was voted "Best Power Pop Band" in New York Press.

In 1990, Ken went to the other side of the phone as national director of Beggars Banquet/Thirsty Ear Press and Video where he helped break The Charlatans' UK album and Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album. In 1992, he headed up Caroline Records' press and video department where he helped name and establish Astralwerks, one of America's first electronica labels.

Ken joined the majors in 1993 as director of media relations for Atlantic Records. There, he worked with Jewel, Duncan Sheik, Page & Plant, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Melvins, Bad Religion and Victoria Williams, among many others. After four years at Atlantic, he embarked on a two-year stint as director of marketing at Mercury Records, where he worked with Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach, Spalding Gray, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Wolf and Nashville Pussy.

In January 1999 the PolyGram/Universal merger put Ken on the unemployment line, but not for long, as he joined forces with the also briefly unemployed Jim Merlis to start Big Hassle Media, which for the past six years has been at the forefront of the music industry publicity business. From breaking the likes of bands as divergent as The Strokes, Fountains Of Wayne, The Bad Plus, Kings of Leon and Robert Randolph to taking the reins on established artists' media needs, including George Carlin, Joe Jackson, B.B. King, Incubus, Alison Krauss, Dave Matthews Band, and Gillian Welch among many others, Big Hassle has also been running the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival press department since the festival's inception in 2002, as well as Zooma, a new festival Bonnaroo founders are launching this summer.

Big Hassle's management company has two separate branches. Mike Maska, who manages Joe Jackson, Mary Lee's Corvette, Eric Hutchinson and Pete Belasco, is tied to the company in name only, and Dawn Barger, who manages The Walkmen, The National, The Decemberists and Sound Team. Barger started out at Big Hassle first as a publicist.

Lyle Hysen runs the licensing division d/b/a/ Bankrobber Music. He previously worked at Matador Records for 10 years as the man behind BankRobber; his roster includes the entire Barsuk and Thrill Jockey labels, including such bands as Death Cab For Cutie, Nada Surf, Aqueduct, archer Prewitt, Mouse on Mars and more. His latest exclusive acquisition is Cheap Trick.

Recent placements include:
Television:
The Mountain:
"Out on the Water" Court and Spark as well as "Inside Of Love" by Nada Surf
CSI Miami: "On My Own"-Ulrich Schnauss
Gilmore Girls: "Science Vs. Romance" by Rilo Kiley got heard and a shout out from Lane (!), on the always amazing Gilmore Girls. Read what Lane said here. In the same episode, Interpol' s "Slow Hands" was heard. Interpol didn't get mentioned until the following episode...
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy continues its love affair with PULLMAN, using "Or Otherwise" and then "Forty Fingers."
Joan of Arcadia blessed us and used "Happy Kid" by Nada Surf as well.

Movies:
"Love Song For Bobby Long":
Lions Gate release Dec. 29th featuring Nada Surf "Blonde On Blonde" Thalia Zadek "Bone" features up-and-coming stars John Travolta and Scarlett Johnson. Good luck to them.
"The Return To Cold Mountain": Starring Carlos D from Interpol and Charro, this lengthy musical remake takes our war torn lovers to the eastern bank of Russia during the cold war. Soundtrack coming up soon on Alias Records-enjoy!

Soundtracks:
The OC Mix Two:
Features Death Cab for Cutie "A Lack Of Color" and Interpol's "The Specialist."
The OC Mix Three: Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah" features the amazing Long Winter's "Christmas with you is the Best".

"When Jim and I started BH, we thought it would be great to work with friends we loved and respected," says Ken. "It made sense to us that the name should be coming out of as many people's mouths as possible. We also needed help paying the rent. We love Mike, and he had great ideas so we joined forces. But we knew that joining bank accounts didn't make sense so we created a Limited Liability Corp. No strings attached basically, but it allowed Mike to use the name. It's been a wonderful relationship. Few make me laugh as much as Mike does, and he has great taste in music.

"Big Hassle was always meant to be as eclectic as our record collections," Ken explains. "We never wanted to be niche specific because we enjoy such a variety of music. Over the years we have worked all kinds of rock (The Strokes, Kings of Leon, Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, Ben Kweller, Fountains of Wayne, Robert Randolph, North Mississippi Allstars, Regina Spektor, Incubus, The Wallflowers, Robyn Hitchcock, Guster, Jay Farrar, The Go-Betweens, Joe Jackson, The Libertines, The Finn Brothers, Adam Green, Kimya Dawson, Warren Zevon, Yo La Tengo, Zero 7 and so much more), jazz (James Carter, Charlie Parker, The Bad Plus), bluegrass/country (Allison Kraus and Del McCoury), solo instrumentalists (Kaki King), folk/blues (Odetta),world (King Sunny Ade), reggae (Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Burning Spear), festivals and tours (Bonnaroo, B.B. King/Jeff Beck tour), comedy (George Carlin), dance/electronica/DJs (Josh Wink, Rae and Christian), record stores (Dusty Groove), old soul (the Eccentric Soul series) and more. The most important thing to me is regardless of the genre, it's all about quality. Journalists know that something worth listening to is going to come out of a Big Hassle package. I take the most pride in that."

Do you miss being a musician in a band?
I miss making music with my friends, but I don't miss being in a band. One marriage is enough for me, but my 10 years in bands is an experience I still pull from in terms of how I relate to my clients. I know what they go through. I know how hard it is. I know the kind of commitment you have to make in order to make it as an artist. I know about the massive highs and the horrific lows. I understand this very unique love-hate relationship. There are very few highs as the high you get when creating music with a band, but it comes with baggage.

Do you miss working at a record label?
In terms of working at a label vs. working independently, I always say choose your headache. Labels are places where you can get wrapped up in politics and red tape. Independent companies are places where you can get wrapped up in trying to get paid in a timely fashion. I love labels for the sense of a team they give you. I love Big Hassle for the sense of savior it gives my clients. You get a feeling that there's a trust and friendship that doesn't always come when there's label affiliation. None of this is cut and dried though. I'm generalizing. Both have their pluses and minuses, and both have their strong players and weak links.

In creating Big Hassle, why were the three divisions -- publicity, licensing and management -- chosen?
PR is my passion, my knowledge and my experience. Management made sense because I met Dawn Barger and Mike Maska, and licensing made sense because Lyle Hysen is a master, and it's the wave of the present and future. As a business model this all makes more sense to me than starting a record company.

Is there any overlap with artists among the Big Hassle divisions?
There is some, yes. But we work hard for everyone regardless of this kind of status. We only help each other out in scenarios in which we feel we can be effective.

What is your role with the three divisions?
I fully oversee the PR division. Management and licensing are separate, and I'm involved mainly as cheerleader and mascot. One of the greatest joys in having your own company is setting the business-culture tone in which one works. I feel I have created a unique atmosphere that makes people want to succeed for no other reason than wanting to be the best on an individual level. While anxiety breeds success, so does respect.

Why two separate management components?
It just happened that way. It was not intentional. Maska has been with us pretty much from the get go. Dawn joined us in 2002 as a publicist, but she was already managing The Walkmen and eventually wanted to get deeper into management as the band was becoming more successful. We wanted to stay in business with Dawn, but it didn't feel necessary for her to partner with Mike under the Big Hassle Management umbrella.

Do you plan to add another division in the near future?
Maybe a publishing company as an offshoot of Lyle's work in licensing if time and money are found aplenty.

What makes good publicity?
A good story. Good music prevails, and that really should be the end all and be all, but sadly without a story to tell, well let's just say it takes a little longer to spread their news.

How did you get The New York Times to cover Kings of Leon for four straight days recently?
David Carr wanted to write about the band. He loves their new record. I told him what we were doing to launch the record during release week, and he loved the idea of spending that time with them to get an insider's view. Management and band were ok with him being around so I made sure he had all the access he needed and voila!

What makes a good press release?
A good angle. We at BH aren't press release happy. We like to pick and choose our battles and not waste people's time. When Big Hassle speaks, people listen.

How is it that the Bonnaroo Festival practically generates its own publicity?
It only appears that way. Want to see my gray hairs? That said, the answer to that question fully lies in the fact that Superfly and AC Entertainment are brilliant at programming. Their decisions create excitement-- plain and simple. They're their own audience so it helps. It's like the movie "Big" when Tom Hanks' character reverts back to a young boy, and it's his job to create cool toys. He becomes the master. Superfly and AC are masterful at knowing what the Bonnaroo fans want way before they know they're wanting it.

How have you spun the two deaths from last year at Bonnaroo for this year's event?
I haven't spun anything. Two kids died, and it's devastating. We're still saddened by it. Superfly and AC did their best to maintain safety and security last year, and they'll continue to do it again this year. This is the first and foremost thing in their minds other than great music.

How rapidly is the licensing division growing?
One always wants things faster than one's getting it. I'm very pleased where things stand, and we're always looking to grow as it makes sense.

What types of acts do you pursue for artist management?
Ones we love madly -- plain and simple. It has to be a deep soulful cell level love to go that deep with another human being.

Is bad publicity always bad in the long run?
I hate bad pr. I hate bad anything. So yes I guess is the answer. Exposure for exposure's sake seems to be a waste of time.

First concert attended
The Burt Bacharach/Anthony Newley double bill at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, NY in 1975. Angie Dickinson was in the audience and that excited me a lot more than Newley standing on top of the piano singing "Goldfinger" with his hand shining in a gold light. My first rock concert was in June 1978. Beach Boys/Steve Miller Band/Pablo Cruise at Giant Stadium It was general admission. Nuts! We had a lot of food but no pot. The guy next to us had a lot of pot but no food. That's where I learned the fine art of bartering.

First concert worked
At Syracuse University I was on the concert board dealing with catering. I fed post-Lowell George Little Feat and the Dixie Dregs at the Landmark Theatre in 1982 as well as Frank Zappa at the Manley Field House the same year.

First industry job
1990 at Thirsty Ear/Beggars Banquet as head of publicity and video promotion.

Career highlights
I truly have so many. Helping create Big Hassle Media is absolutely the biggest career highlight. The giddiness Jim Merlis and I felt as things started to really roll was incredibly satisfying. One classic career highlight was having Robert Plant drop me off at my apartment in his limo in 1994. He and Jimmy Page snuck up on me and tried to scare me at the Essex House. I also picked up Jimmy at the airport when they were getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Other career highlights include playing guitar on the radio backing up the Charlatans UK once and Matthew Sweet another time on guitar and vocals; Standing on the main stage at Bonnaroo the first year (2002) looking out at the crowd and realizing that this was something rather monumental. That gave me the chills. I have to say that I'm very proud to have been associated with a lot of great records and artists over the years. I'd say 70% of the records I've been a part of are still in my collection. Pretty good number!

Career disappointment
Product management at Mercury Records 1997-999. I met great people and worked cool records but was really disappointed by a lot of what I witnessed. On the other hand, I have to say that I learned a lot during that time so I definitely turned a bad thing into a good thing. That experience plays into my overall perspective to this day.

What did you learn at records labels that you brought with you to Big Hassle?
A lot about what kind of atmosphere and culture I wanted to have once running my own company. I wanted it to feel very little like most of the places I had worked. Beyond that, I learned what it takes to break a record, and I learned how all the departments work. I was lucky to start at small companies because there was just one head of publicity, one head of radio and one head of sales and marketing. You really felt the road at these companies, and I met a lot of smart and passionate people who had great ideas and were willing to teach. The majors are a like a big university: you have to go out of your way to look for the education, but it is there to be had and there are a lot of great people at these companies.

Greatest challenge
The never ending balance of art and commerce. Also, getting people to pay on net 30 is pretty challenging.

Best business decisions
There were two. I took a $12,000 pay cut to get my first job in the music industry, and after I was laid off in the PolyGram/Universal merger, I decided, thanks to Jim Pitt at "The Conan O'Brien Show," to join Jim Merlis at the then-two week old Big Hassle Media instead of taking a label job.

Best advice you received
Live your life like you will live for eternity. Live your life as if you will die tomorrow. Achieve this balance.

Best advice to offer
Dreams are real...pay attention.

Most memorable industry experience
To be currently surrounded by the most generous, hard working, hilarious and good natured staff in the business is so memorable. They're making classic new memories for me every day. I'm blessed. Being a part of the team that launched Bonnaroo is very memorable. Being a part of the team that to this day is the Robert Randolph family is so special. A lot of the shows I've seen are very memorable. George Carlin doing five minutes of standup for only me in "The Daily Show" green room is ridiculously memorable. Gosh, too many to say.

Favorite team/athlete
I'm a weird New Yorker: I like the Mets and the Yanks, but I'm definitely a Giants football fan, a Knicks fan and don't care too much about hockey. Not sure I've a favorite athlete, but I'll never forget Franz Klammer's downhill gold medal run in 1976. He was nuts out there. Seemingly out of control but very much on his game. He was flying. I wanted to be him. I wanted to be Fran Tarkenton, too.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I never saw The Ramones or The Kinks.

Industry pet peeve
4th quarter releases. "We'll release the record in October and re-launch it in January." I mean, come on.

Office paraphernalia
Black pens, homies figurines Cartman, Kenny and two Yellow Submarine figurines (John and Jeremy).

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...looking for ways to do this.

Industry mentors
My good friend Michael Krumper (newly appointed SVP at Razor & Tie) is one for sure. He was my conduit to two major jobs in the industry -- most importantly the first job. Changed my life in so many ways. Also, writer Michael Krugman is my consigliere. He's taste and class incarnate. Jim Pitt at "The Conan O'Brien Show" is also someone I respect, and I give weight to all he has to say. Of course, Jim Merlis, now running Geffen's PR department, is big in my life in that way as well. He just has that unique touch when it comes to tackling issues and looking at life in general. My boss when I was at Atlantic, Patti Conte, taught me a lot. Band manager Brian Long (Radio 4 and VHS or Beta) is very important to me as is writer/college friend Jem Aswad. We can talk about the passion. They just care about everything a lot, and their knowledge about music is deep. Nothing gets by them.

My other mentor, though he doesn't even know who I am, is Ahment Ertegun, and frankly, all the '50s and '60s executives. They were in it because they needed it. They signed it because they felt it. They lived it like they loved it. And they made money and great art at the same time.

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

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Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
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
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
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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