Industry Profile: Jeffrey Green

— Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner

Jeff Green is a 27-year industry veteran and the executive director of the Americana Music Association (AMA), a professional trade association dedicated to promoting the Americana genre and to help build the infrastructure necessary to achieve success both creatively and financially. Its 1,000-plus members include artists, songwriters, producers, managers, lawyers, booking agents, club owners, radio programmers, record labels, retailers, designers, journalists, publicists, promoters and many other allied professionals.

The AMA hosts a yearly conference and held its 6th Annual Americana Music Conference last Sept. 8-10, at the Nashville Convention Center. It drew 900-plus attendees. The conference featured 40 panels and presentations covering all facets of the business. In addition to special legal, financial and personal development sessions, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival co-creator Ashley Capps of A. C. Entertainment delivered the keynote address. The conference also featured a trade show and a new AMA Internet Cafe & Listening Lounge.

The AMA also publishes the weekly Americana Airplay Chart, produces the annual Americana Honors & Awards, participates in other industry events and conferences, develops member newsletters, web content and marketing materials, and conducts research about its industry and consumers.

Before his AMA appointment in fall 2004, Jeff worked two stints covering nine years at Radio & Records as executive editor, managing editor and AC editor, both in Los Angeles (1981-1987) and Nashville (2002-2004). While in Amsterdam from 1990-1992, he was the editor-in-chief and associate publisher for Music & Media, which was Billboard's sister publication.

Jeff also spent nine years with the Country Music Association from 1993-2002, handling executive duties in International, Strategic Marketing and New Business Development and was honored by the CMA for his international work in 2004. A former editor-in-chief and associate publisher for Music & Media in Amsterdam from 1990-1992, Jeff has also served four years -- from 1987-1990, and again from 1992-1993 -- as a marketing director for Film House in Nashville and has held earlier stints in record/video promotion, radio programming and music retail.

A Leadership Music alumnus and Certified Radio Marketing Consultant, Jeff is the author/publisher of The Green Book Of Songs By Subject: The Thematic Guide To Popular Music, now in its 5th Edition, which was published in 2002 by Professional Desk References, Inc., a separate company that Jeff's wife, Lauren Virshup, heads up as VP/GM. The Green Book is scheduled to become an online service in the first half of 2006.

Jeff and Lauren have three children.

What is Americana music?
Americana represents some of music's most honored and respected artists such as Rodney Crowell, Radney Foster, Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, the Jayhawks, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Marty Stuart, the Subdudes and many others in the acoustic-driven, album-oriented, singer/songwriter genre encompassing elements of country, "roots," bluegrass, rockabilly, western swing, folk and blues into distinctive sounds and styles. Radio stations that identify themselves as Americana offer a broad palette of artistry including Kasey Chambers, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and many others.

Who is the Americana audience?
According to new research, it reflects an affluent, highly educated adult audience concentrated in the 25-54 demographic, approximately 60% male. Approximately 60% of all Americana listeners are college graduates, far above the national average of 25%. Nearly half have a household income of $80,000 per year while 26% earn $40-79K and 26% earn less than $40,000 annually. Among college-graduate Americana listeners, 64% have a household income of $80,000 or more, 18% earn $40-79K and 18% earn less than $40,000 annually. Among non-college-graduate Americana listeners, 27% have a household income of $80,000 or more and 33% earn $40-79K.

Americana consumers are also tech-savvy and wired, with 64% reporting that they purchase music CDs online, and 42% indicating that they download music; 90% own computers and 90% own DVD players.

Geographically, 50% of Americana listeners reside in the South; 20% live in the Midwest, 13% are in the East and 13% in the West, and, significantly, 4% are international.

They also are very active music lovers: 70% buy at least 10 CDs per year--96% purchase at least five CDs annually. They also frequently attend clubs, concerts or festivals, averaging 3.1 music events s per month.

As for their CD purchasing habits, per year: 56% buy five or more Americana CDs, 46% buy five or more folk CDs, 44% buy five or more blues CDs; 35% buy five or more bluegrass CDs; and 57% have bought tickets to a blues show in the past year.

How did the Americana Music Association position come about?
When the AMA was formed back in 1999 during a meeting during SXSW in Austin, many of the 30 or so people at the meeting volunteered their time to organize membership services, the annual conference and Honors & Awards.

In 2002, one of those volunteers, JD May, accepted the newly created
position of executive director. In the summer of 2004, JD was invited to join new music media marketing company echomusic, and the AMA reviewed 79 candidates to succeed him.

During the recruiting process, I told JD of my interest in the post since I love Americana artists/music and saw many opportunities to help the AMA grow. The AMA knew of me as an ally since I had been working to help the AMA get both our weekly airplay chart in Radio & Records where I was working at the time, and regular editorial coverage in its newspaper and online. The AMA was looking for someone with a trade association management background with an emphasis on music as well as skills in the radio and international markets. Fortunately for me, my resume matched their job description, and after several interviews I was offered the post of executive director starting October 15, 2004.

How has the Association changed under your leadership?
Some of the advances that the AMA has experienced has come organically as there's an ever-growing community of artists, labels, managers, agents, publishers, media, instrument manufacturers, performing rights society executives and many other allied professionals.

In my first 17 months, we've been able to:

There have been other improvements, but the projects above represent many of the priorities we've wanted to accomplish last year and the first quarter of 2006.

What are your goals for the rest of 2006?
Our next primary objectives are:
1. Strengthen the financial position for the organization and continue to grow our membership;

2. Finish and begin marketing our new Radio Pitch Kit, which will be used to present what we believe will be a compelling case for radio stations to program Americana artists and music, whether terrestrially on existing stations, the new HD2 digital services and/or via streaming;

3. To complete the new Artist Development Center and Professional Development Center on our new website. These centers will feature photos, bios, profiles, contact information, links and other details on all of our artist and industry members to help them increase business and to network. These will be free services, and it's going to be unique among trade organizations; and

4. Produce a great 7th Annual Conference and Honors & Awards September 20-22 at the Nashville Convention Center and Ryman Auditorium.

Who can become a member?
Anyone who's involved in Americana music or business is welcome to join, including those who are only active part-time. We have a modest $35 membership subscription for artists and a reasonable $75 rate for industry professionals. More than 40% of our members are artists. Radio stations interested in becoming reporters have specific criteria in order to be considered such as ratings, market size, percentage of Americana programming, willingness to participating on a weekly basis, among other factors.

How did the conference come about?
The conference is the cornerstone of our association activities, and the concept was borne from that original meeting in Austin when the AMA was formed.

The Americana Music Conference and Americana Honors & Awards are produced in-house supported by many outstanding industry figures in leadership and volunteer roles. In the first few years, the conference has been held at downtown Nashville hotels before moving to the Nashville Convention Center for 2004.

The focus for the conference is on networking, education and entertainment with about 40 panels, a trade show with 50 exhibitors, several hosted parties and nearly 60 artist showcases.

Who keynoted in the first five years?
The conference has had only had two keynoters over the years: Bonnaroo co-creator Ashley Capps in 2005 and artist manager/entrepreneur Ken Kragen in 2003. It's not critical that we have a keynoter each year, but we always keep our eyes open in case a great opportunity presents itself.

What have been some of the panels and panelists?
The conference has had hundreds of panels and guest speakers over the years, ranging from all aspects of talent booking to artist management, retail, publicity, international, online marketing, self-development, songwriting skills, radio programming, merchandising, composing and pitching for television/film/advertising and much more.

Rather than highlight individuals, it's easier to say we've had participation of top players from start-ups and individual to big names such as Sony/ATV Publishing, Yahoo! Music, AOL, Rolling Stone, USA Today, the BBC, Gibson, Wal-Mart, Tower Records, Radio & Records, Billboard, CD Baby, SXSW, The Recording Academy/NARAS, the Grand Ole Opry, scores of record companies, television/radio, music press, artists -- you get the idea.

How has the turnout progressed over the past six years?
The first AMA Conference drew about 100 delegates and has grown by about 150 delegates each year. Knock on wood. In 2004, we had 736 registrants and for our sixth Conference in 2005, we welcomed 904.

How are the awards decided?
There are 10 awards in all, as follows: After soliciting recommendations from our members on who they think should be nominated, a nominating committee convenes to select four finalists in each of five Honors & Awards categories: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Song of the Year and New/Emerging Artist of the Year. The final slate of nominees is then sent to AMA members for voting on the recipients.

There are three Lifetime Achievement Awards, whose recipients are determined by a Lifetime Achievement Award Committee. The honors are in the Executive, Performing and Songwriting categories.

In the Executive Category, last year we honored the Rounder Founders--Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton and Bill Nowlin. The award was renamed in 2005 to honor the 2004 recipient Jack Emerson, who helped many Americana artists as a producer, label head and publisher. Earlier recipients include Sun Records and Sun Studios pioneer Sam Phillips and T Bone Burnett, who produced the multi-platinum O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, among many other achievements.

In partnership with The First Amendment Center/AMA Free Speech Award, the AMA recognizes artists who have made distinguished efforts in being outspoken--liberal or conservative--in support of important causes. The first four nominees to receive this honor, and they all received them in person, were Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle and Judy Collins.

There's also a special President's Award is a posthumous recognition of outstanding musical achievement in the performing arts to a musician or songwriter who is no longer with us. The recipient is chosen and presented by the current AMA president. Previous recipients include the John Hartford, the Carter Family, Gram Parsons and Doug Sahm.

First concert attended
The Byrds, 1967, Minneapolis Auditorium. Ticket price: 50 cents and the side of a milk carton. They were amazing, of course.

First concert worked
Producing a television documentary on promoter Bill Graham surrounding "The Last Waltz" at Winterland in San Francisco during the days leading up to the concert in 1976. It was a college project, not a paid gig. I actually was the first fan in the building for that historic evening and still have many photos I took from the show. We were fed Thanksgiving dinner--two of them--and witnessed some of the most magical performances ever.

First industry job
Retail clerk at Wherehouse Records in Santa Monica, Calif. in 1974. I had to take a lie-detector test to get the job as the chain was suffering from a rash of burglaries. Our store was indeed robbed soon thereafter, as it turned out, by the manager. Most famous customer I waited on: Ian MacNaughton, who directed all but the first four episodes of "Monty Python's Flying Circus." At that time, not too many other people knew about the show so he was delighted to talk about it.

Career highlights
There are many but top-of-mind is serving in my current role as executive director of the Americana Music Association. Also, the "Green Book Of Songs By Subject," which is used worldwide by television, film, radio, academics and other industry professionals; serving the CMA in several key roles and receiving the Country Music Association's Jo Walker Meador International Achievement Award in 2004--named after the CMA's first executive director, who helped develop a global market for country music; working in Amsterdam for two years; and attending the "Closing Of Winterland" in 1978 with the Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers, including John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. I still have the handbill. But, most important has been making so many friends in the business.

Career disappointments
Not being fluent enough in several languages for conducting business and strengthening friendships. And that I was too young when my grandfather, Leon, died. A great guy, he was a promo man for RKO Pictures and Paramount in the first half of the 20th Century, and I know I'd have learned a lot from him professionally.

Greatest challenge
Building the Americana Music Association into all that it can be for its artist and professional members and gaining the industry and consumer recognition it deserves. Resources are tight, but the support and encouragement have been an inspiration.

Best business decision
Giving up a better-paying job for the one I have now, which is more difficult in many ways but offers greater personal satisfaction and sharpens more skills. Also, taking the big risk of moving to Europe with virtually nothing. But it gave me invaluable experience and many enriching perspectives -- and the opportunity to meet my future wife, Lauren, who was teaching there.

Best advice you received
My late father-in-law once said, "Pay the two dollars." In short, don't let minor hurdles stop you from the big goal even if they're sometimes uncomfortable decisions or seemingly unnecessary sacrifices. Another came from my former boss, Ed Benson, who said about sizing up your duties when taking a new job: "Find out first what can kill you and fix it."

Best advice to offer
If you want respect from others, say, "I'll take care of it" and then do it. Those are probably the most valuable five words your boss, colleagues and customers can ever hear from you.

Most memorable industry experience
Attending a BMI dinner in London with executives from around the world to celebrate numerous milestones for great songs we'd all grown up with and sharing the table that night with Beatles producer George Martin. A real thrill.

Favorite team
The Minnesota Vikings despite the many troubles they've faced recently. My father was the team's attorney from when they were formed in 1961 until they were sold in the mid-90's and served on the board for many years. He's 91 now and still works full time. Every Sunday it was tradition to go to the game, usually freezing to death at old Metropolitan Stadium. But that was part of the experience, and the team was great in those days. As busy as my dad was, it was the one time we could count on being together. If I'm in Minneapolis in the fall, he and my mom will still take me to a game.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I grew up in a sort of "test family" for food products; my mom, who is what is today called a "food futurist," worked for an ad agency handling many food accounts. She came up with what became Hamburger Helper, and at the dinner table we'd invent flavors for Baskin-Robbins--some pretty popular ones such as Pralines & Cream, Pink Bubble Gum, Red/White & Blueberry--among many other strange and wonderful projects.

Industry pet peeve
People who have a negative attitude or who are resistant to change without good reason. This business is hard enough without naysayers.

Office paraphernalia
Virtually none. For some reason, I'm not really one for bringing my personal life or career accomplishments to work though I do enjoy seeing other people's stuff. I have a framed poster commemorating the re-opening of Nashville's storied Ryman Auditorium in 1994 -- a "Roots Of Country" show -- as a motivation about what's lasting and important. When people come to my office, I want them to be the center of attention.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
... probably teaching and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Cooking and coaching are two big passions.

Industry mentor
All of my professional bosses and many colleagues have been important and influential. Personally, I'd have to include my mother, Helene, who wrote commercials during WWII in Hollywood for the stars' radio shows. Now nearly 88, she also still works full time running a creative think tank used by many major companies. She's always encouraged me to brainstorm new ideas without any worry of what might make it to final form.

Jeff can be reached at: (615) 386-6936; e-mail: jeff@americanamusic.org

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Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
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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
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
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