Industry Profile: Craig Hankenson

— By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner

Craig Hankenson, president of Producers, Inc., continues to have a rich and rewarding career, having been in the entertainment business since 1958. He also conceived the idea of the first computerized box office.

Producers, Inc. has a wide mixture of genres on its roster including big band, nostalgia, contemporary Christian, Irish, popular, on-stage, folk, crossover, jazz, family and symphony pop. "We probably book more big band dates than all other agencies combined," says Craig. "Lots of presenters look upon Producers, Inc. as the main source for big bands. The bands we book most are The Count Basie Orchestra, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. We secure a good percentage of the dates for The Gene Krupa and Duke Ellington Orchestra.

"We are working very hard now for crossover artists like The Capitol Quartet and Andrew Schulman's Abaca, and we have a growing number of artists in that category," Craig continues. "Since we recently added CeCe Winans to our roster, we've booked a lot of dates for her. We are also a well-known source for Irish acts and have had a lot of recent interest in The Prodigals. We also enjoy the work we do with Jack Jones, The Four Freshmen, Betty Buckley, Roger Williams. The artist we book the greatest number of dates for is The Capitol Steps.

"We don't represent hard rock or teenage rock. However a number of our acts are rock music," Craig explains. "The Four Tops and CeCe Winan's great band are among the highest energy rock bands out there, and the Irish rock band, The Prodigals, really rock."

Craig's career course was set at the age of seven when he began singing solos in church as a boy soprano. Singing remained his passionate interest through college at the U of Southern Mississippi for two years, then Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor and Master of Music in voice, opera and music literature.

After serving three years as chairman of the Voice and Opera Department at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and singing professionally, he received a Ford Foundation grant in opera management, which took him to the San Francisco Opera for three years in the early 1960's. There he served as an assistant to the general director. This experience changed his career path from performing to performing arts administration.

Craig became a pioneer in using computers productively in the performing arts. While in San Francisco, Craig came up with the idea of loading ticket inventory into a computer and printing the hard ticket when and where it was purchased. In 1962 he began sending proposals to computer companies to interest them in creating a system, which would utilize this concept. Conceived for marketing and accounting control, it was not until 1968 that his concept became practical.

Craig saw his idea realized while he was the director of The Saratoga (N.Y.) Performing Arts Center (1967-78) when a member of the Center's board of directors, Edgar Bronfman, funded the idea. Ticket Reservation Systems (later renamed Ticketron) was born and SPAC became the first facility to have a fully computerized box office; SPAC was the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York City Ballet and John Houseman's The Acting Company (which SPAC participated in founding). In the late 1970's, using the newly available personal computer, he wrote software to streamline the budgeting, programming and management activities of his office.

When Craig left SPAC to become executive director of Wolf Trap (1978-80) in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., he introduced computerized tickets there. At SPAC and Wolf Trap, Craig was in charge of programming and administration and worked with a multi-million dollar budget. At Wolf Trap, he was also director of the Wolf Trap Opera Training Program.

Craig resigned from Wolf Trap in 1980 to form PICASTAR (Producers, Incorporated Covering All-Stage, Television and Recording) to serve as a programming consultant to numerous performance facilities, including Wolf Trap. The company has evolved from a consulting firm to an full-service agency with established relationships with all types of presenters as well as with artists, managers and other entertainment agencies.

Craig's experience with using technology in arts management led to the position of chairman of the University of South Florida's Department of Arts Management (1983-86). He established a graduate program focusing on the use of technology in arts management, and relocated Producers, Inc. relocated to Tampa from Vienna, Va.

During his career, Craig has served as consultant to or as a member or board member of many performing arts organizations, including National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Governor's Commission on Arts in Education, New York State Title III Advisory Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Eastman School of Music Alumni Council, Clemson University, New York Empire College, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, City of Concord (CA) Pavilion, Meadow Brook Music Festival, Mud Island Festival, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, University of South Florida, The Richmond Symphony, The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra, and for numerous performing arts centers and summer festivals both for start up, strategy, programming and operations.

He has also presented numerous popular attractions as varied as The Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oscar Peterson, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Donna Summer, the Four Tops, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Tony Bennett, Maureen Mcgovern, Manhattan Transfer, Bernadette Peters, Peter, Paul & Mary, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, the Beach Boys and a multitude of others. These include the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, The Joffrey Ballet, The Acting Company, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, Leontyne Price, Beverly Sills, Pavorotti, and Isaac Stern. On Broadway he was executive producer of the "Brigadoon" revival at The Majestic Theater and produced one-person Broadway productions featuring Hal Holbrook, Tom Paxton and John Denver.

For TV, Craig served as executive producer of the Great American Music Festival for ABC in 1974 and produced eight productions for PBS's Live From Wolf Trap series, 1977-1980.

Craig's biography can be found in the Marquis Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in The United States and Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in The East, Who's Who in The South and Southwest, Who's Who In American Education, Music Industry Directory, Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era, National Directory for Performing Arts & Civic Centers, Dictionarie des Biographies Internationale, and Biographies of International Executives and Leaders.

To summarize all of Craig's accomplishments, in addition to serving as president of Producers, Inc. since its incorporation in 1980, Craig has also served as chairman, Fine Arts Management and Events, U. of South Florida (1983-86); executive director, Wolf Trap (three seasons); director, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (11 seasons); moderator, Summer Festival Managers (nine years); president, Performing Arts Association of New York (five years); associate director/business manager, Brevard Music Center (three seasons); Ford Foundation Management intern; San Francisco Opera (three years); business manager/stage manager, stage director, Chautauqua Opera (five seasons) and head of Voice and Opera, Auburn University (three years).

Craig is married to Kathy Donaldson Hankenson, vice president of Producers, Inc., who directs the contract and finance departments. They have a daughter Jennifer. Craig's older daughter by a previous marriage, Meridith, was an agent for the company before leaving to start her own agency.

What was it about your experience with the San Francisco Opera that made you change career paths from a performer to an administrator?
I was an opera singer. There was great competition for the few performing opportunities available in the U.S. Opportunity for success measurably improved if one was willing to serve time in Europe, mainly Germany. The opportunity for happiness and success seemed greater in management, and I discovered my talent and potential was perhaps greater in the field of administration than in performing.

How did you come up with your computerizing ticketing concept? You were way ahead of the times.
While I was in San Francisco plans for Bay Area Rapid Transit were announced, including an IBM computerized fare system that printed a ticket out for your fare wherever it was purchased. I immediately saw the benefits of this application if applied to theater tickets and began proposing the idea to IBM.

Did you patent your concept?
I didn't. IBM informed me that the concept was not patentable. When Edgar Bronfman picked up on the idea years later when I pushed the concept again for SPAC, I was never made a part of the financial deal. I was extremely flattered to have the concept brought to fruition. The project was enormously expensive and problematic. Bronfman made a sizeable investment in the project, and it was not a profitable venture for him for a long time--if ever. Earning from the idea was never a consideration or an issue for me.

Do you miss working at a venue?
Occasionally I do, but I enjoy the independence I have now.

How important are performing arts centers to Producers Inc?
We wouldn't exist without performing arts centers. The symphonies, corporate entertainment buyers and meeting planners are an important part of our business, and performing arts centers are our principal nourishment--by far the largest segment of our buyer data base.

How important is it going to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP) and other conferences?
We give a lot of attention to conferences. They represent the largest item in our expense budget, and the cost of participating in them is increasing dramatically. We devote a lot of attention and time in preparation for them. They offer an opportunity to communicate face to face, to explore new ideas, and to network. However, the majority of our clients don't attend conferences, and I'm noticing a growing number discontinuing attendance or appearing at, but not participating in, conferences. Are conferences pricing themselves out of existence? That's a radical thought, but corporations and institutions, even industries, thought to be securely permanent have radically changed or disappeared. Will conferences of the future be online? Is there a "techonference" in our future?

First concert attended
A performance of The Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, the summer of 1941.

First concert worked
1942 -- I was a boy soprano and at age seven began singing solo engagements at church events, school choral contests and at several conferences.

First industry job
As a graduate student at Eastman School of Music; I was Howard Hanson's graduate assistant.

Career highlights
After pitching the idea for five years to IBM, seeing my plan for selling tickets on a computer network supported by a SPAC board member Edgar Bronfman, then participating in the birth of "Ticket Reservation Systems," later name changed to Ticketron. Then seeing my venue, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, become the first in the world to have its ticket inventory fully computerized on Ticketron.

Receiving the first Ford Foundation Arts Management grant and working for three years as Kurt Herbert Adler's assistant at the San Francisco Opera; Working closely for 14 years with Eugene Ormandy, George Ballanchine, Lincoln Kirstein and John Houseman at Saratoga and Wolf Trap; Working with Kay Shouse at Wolf Trap; Setting the all-time attendance record for a single concert at SPAC with over 33,000 attending a performance of The Who in the summer of 1975 or 1976; working with Shelly Schultz on a multitude of special projects, including the comeback tour of Frank Sinatra; Executive producer of the Broadway revival of Brigadoon at The Majestic Theater in 1978; Meeting and maintaining friendships with hundreds of interesting and talented artists, managers, agents and fellow presenters throughout my career in this fascinating and rewarding industry; and starting and running Producers, Inc., then hiring Kathy Donaldson as one of my first employees, who later became the love of my life and my wife.

Career disappointments
Very few: the lack of booking success of several artistically excellent tours a few years ago - Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil, Rhythm Of The Dance, Last Swing Of The Century - and not seeing the deserved popularity of several very talented and entertaining artists I attempted to help.

Greatest challenge
Running my own company.

Best business decision
I'm still waiting for that one.

Best advice you received
From Thomas Edison - "Always look upon any setback in achieving a goal as a lesson rather than a failure." and from Christ, the importance of love and forgiveness.

Best advice to offer
Honesty can be costly, but there is no better investment.

Most memorable industry experience
You're asking me to write a book, and I don't have time to do that at this stage.

Favorite Team/Athlete
The Green Bay Packers, Bret Favre. My mother was a Favre.

Favorite restaurant
Ichiban, Tampa, Fla.

Favorite hotel
Opryland Hotel, Nashville.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
My insecurity.

Industry pet peeve
Lack of sincerity and of commitment in communications and negotiations.

Office paraphernalia
The clutter on my desk.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
..involved in projects which help people who need/want help.

Industry mentors
Pete Wait, president, SPAC; Eugene Ormandy; Kay Shouse, founder of Wolf Trap; Gordy Singer; Shelly Schultz; tens of colleagues who have shared generously and spiritual teachers through written words.

Craig can be reached at: (813) 988-8333; e-mail: craigh@producersinc.com

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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
Nanette Zumwalt, Hired Power 02/03/06

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