Industry Profile: Doug Merrick

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Manager and booking agent Doug Merrick (Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group) has been involved in the recording industry for more than 23 years.

Originally from Thousand Oaks, Calif., Doug started playing the ukulele at age 5 and showed an early and enthusiastic love for music. He quickly grew into the life of a professional musician, working all over California at 15.

At 23, Doug established Sound Labs, a rehearsal studio on Thousand Oaks Blvd., and two years later launched Sound Labs II, a professional recording studio, directly across the street. Years later he made a transformation from studio owner and operator to tour manager. "I helped studio client Zaca Creek, a Santa Barbara based band, get signed to CBS Records Nashville," he notes. "The band then asked me to be their tour manager and engineer on the road."

In 1992, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy-winning writer Don Robertson offered Doug the opportunity to plug Robertson's song catalogue in Nashville. "This experience was invaluable," says Doug, who then went on to add other well-known writers/artists, such as John McFee, Stu Cook and Kurt Howell, to his song-plugging roster.

Doug relocated to Nashville in 1995, landing a job as studio engineer with Chet Atkins. For the next five years Doug kept very busy working with Atkins in his studio and functioning as tour manager for John Hiatt, Sherrie Austin, Ricky Skaggs, Trace Adkins, Gin Blossoms and many others.

In 2000, Doug formed Merrick Music Group, Inc., a full service management company, and Cumberland Talent Agency Inc., a booking agency. Merrick represents Gin Blossoms (booked by The Agency Group in New York), Hal Ketchum, Montel Williams, The Rembrandts and Northey/Valenzuela. Cumberland is the primary agency for Hal Ketchum, Montel Williams, The Rembrandts and Northey/Valenzuela.

Are you still an active musician?
Yes, I play electric, acoustic and bass guitar almost daily and still write once in a while. So many of us got into this business because we were on stage first. I sat in with some players on lower Broadway the other day - too much fun! Some people who knew me were surprised to hear me play. Those closest to me know how much I enjoy it.

How was song plugging an invaluable experience?
Plugging enabled me to establish personal relationships immediately through introductions Don Robertson made for me. They were my first real connections to industry professionals, and I realized that it was up to me to keep it going. I must've visited every major label and publisher in Nashville, many of whom I'm still engaged in business with today. Socially, back then, I was pretty shy and a bit intimidated. My goal was always to set as many meetings as possible so I'd be forced to get in the trenches. I learned who the decision-makers were, who was looking for songs, who was cutting, what type of song they were looking for and who the real competition was. I was also forced to learn quickly about the business of music publishing. Last year I formed ATM Music, named in honor of my father. I signed the four members of Zaca Creek as my first writers.

Why did you form Cumberland Talent Agency?
When Hal Ketchum became a management client I wasn't satisfied with the volume of work that was coming in from his current agent. I had a ton of touring experience, contract review and clearance through managers that trust I'd make good decisions. I'd settled a lot of shows, visited a lot of radio stations and began to understand how important it's for a promoter to make money. I always made it a point to meet buyers on-site when they were available and had built many good relationships. I also knew I would have an improved artist-to-staffing ratio that major agencies could not offer. So, I'd already paid some necessary dues that I felt were a prerequisite to becoming an agent. Once I got started, things moved fairly quickly. All clients are still with Cumberland Talent today.

Why did you form Merrick Music Group?
I was introduced to Hal Ketchum after a show he performed at the Ryman Auditorium. He's one of the best singer/songwriter artists in the world. To this day I'm still in awe of his talent. A few weeks later he offered me a long tour run of the Northwest. I let him know that it was my time to come off the road and moving into management was going to be my next career advance. He didn't have a manager at the time so I asked for the opportunity. He said, "Let's go." Since then, I've never looked back. I'm careful and finicky when it comes to signing other artists, and my roster has been a slow build by design. I've recently been offered to manage two bands that knocked me through the roof. If I find they really understand who they are as artists and have minimal personal drama, I'll sign them. I'd love to sign a baby band. My clients and I have an important mutual respect for each other's talents. I think that's why everyone that I've signed has stayed with each other through the years.

Do you miss being on the road?
Before I got started in this business, I'd lived many years wondering what life was like on the road. When I finally got a taste of it, it was hard work and very satisfying. I still look at itineraries that had 27 dates in 31 days and wonder how the hell I kept up. I spent years going back to the road because I kept thinking I was missing something. I'd go back out and it was the same. The mystery kept repeating year after year and so did the cycle. If I'd to do it all over again, I'd have left the road earlier. It doesn't take too long before you learn all you need to know out there. I keep hearing the same experiences from other tour managers that I've had. As a manager and agent I visit with clients on the road as often as I feel I need to, sometimes a few times per month. I can have my road joy refunded anytime I want. Yikes! Hmmmmm…To answer your question, no, I don't miss it; I love to revisit it!

Do you still have the studios?
No, both studios were sold. That's it. I do have the start of a pro tools studio, which I'm slowly finishing in my office. I do miss it. There was a big block of time I always hogged for myself to record my own music. I was on two constant missions: rehearsing my band and recording as many songs of mine as I could, while keeping the projects coming in so I could continue to earn a living. Some weeks I'd work 80 hours and others I'd spend the time mainly on my own projects. It was so much fun seeing bands write and develop their songs, arrange and record them. I went to see many bands live. You see their satisfaction and disappointments. All of that was a big learning experience for me. There's nothing like being a fly on the wall.

What makes a good manager?
A manager needs to believe in his abilities and be able to implement his strategy while maintaining optimum efficiency. Artist and manager must believe in each other's talents, and there has to be a trust. A manager must listen to his artists and create an understanding as to what is most important to building and maintaining their careers. Many artists sweat the small stuff, and it's a waste of time and energy. A good manager should know that each situation is a little different for each artist. The artist should understand that the grass is not greener on the side of the fence they're not on. Managers must have the ability to either create a good marketing plan or be able to help carry someone else's plan through to goal. It's not necessary to be liked by everyone, but delivering and working a great plan and being a productive team member is critical. A good manager has an understanding on all sides of the business.

What makes a good agent?
A good agent needs to understand that buyers and promoters need to make money. If you bring in an offer for your artist that's too high and a promoter loses, you won't be coming back to that venue for a while. I've seen artists run out of places to perform simply because an agency booked as if this would be the artist's last tour. Managers give agents booking constraints to work by and a good agent will both listen and state their case. An agent that positions their artist with the right combination of hard and soft ticket shows is great in my book as well. A healthy career barometer is measured by how many hard tickets an artist can sell. It's normally a fraction of casino, fair, festival and an artist's college guarantees. An agent that balances hard and soft ticket events can be the difference of going broke or preserving the artist until they sell well on their own. Being an agent means that it's an up at dawn, work till dusk, pride-swallowing siege and I love it!

A good agent is also careful with an artist's price, yet "the less you bet, the more you lose, when you do win"

Is there a conflict of interest in managing and representing the same artist for an agency?
For many there is a conflict. I've no conflicts because I'm very close to my artists, we communicate very well, and I speak to them directly about accepting offers if needed. I also understand budgets and the money an artist needs to operate efficiently. As a manger and agent, I know the artist's day schedule, what each client can comfortably handle, and how hard they are willing to work both on and off the road. Success is built by lots of short and long term goals. As a manager, I obviously know our strategy and know where I can schedule press, media, retail visits and all the various support activities. If a manager is also the artist's agent, he just needs to be level headed and do what's best for the artist's career. I don't need to get answers from anyone but me, yet I must always keep the artist informed.

How do you feel about the free download of songs off the Internet?
I've allowed free downloads for limited time periods with artist, writer and publisher consent for marketing purposes. I see nothing wrong with it. It can really help jump start an artist's demand and visibility. If all the parties who would normally receive revenue sign off and agree, it's fine. Otherwise, it's a nightmare--dead wrong!

First concert attended
The Beach Boys with Jesse Colin Young at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1973. I had to miss the Led Zeppelin concert that year. I couldn't come up with the $10 or so for the ticket. I had an older friend who offered me a ticket to see The Beach Boys. What a great experience. I remember being surprised that his Ford Pinto actually made the round trip.

First concert worked
Tour manager for country artist Zaca Creek (Columbia Records) in 1988, at the Fess Parker Winery in Santa Ynez, Calif. One of the guys had an idea to create some pyro in a huge tin bucket on stage. I had to flick the match into this bowl of sulphur or something. After several attempts, it became obvious to the crowd what I was doing. After the initial blast I spent several minutes trying to put it out. It just wouldn't go out. The crowd let out a roar of applause, and I took a nice bow.

First industry job
Launching Sound Lab Rehearsal Studios in Thousand Oaks in 1983. When I was growing up, there was never a place that you could rehearse a band without the cops coming and busting it up; the usual story for many of us. There were always threats or charges of disturbing the peace to large-scale raids with helicopters. It was always big trouble. I created the only kind of safe haven in my area for bands to rehearse without being jailed for disturbing the peace. The rehearsal studio was by no means pretty but highly efficient. I was the sound proofing genius. I had literally tons of sand inside floating walls and laid it on top of the ceiling. I always feared the walls or ceiling would collapse and a band would be crushed mid-song. It worked, and It was the place to go--10 bucks an hour, a three-hour minimum and away they played. I practically had to live there with Turner, my faithful German Shepherd.

Career highlights
Meeting and working with some great artists, musicians and producers like Tim Bogert, Chet Atkins, Doug Aldridge, Ricky Skaggs, Michael McDonald, John Mcfee and John Hiatt. I was able to attract some amazing talent to my recording or rehearsal studio, although 90% of the clientele were amateurs; singing on Eric Burdon's record...well shouting; and working with Chuck Johnson, one of the longest term engineers at a fine studio in Malibu - Indigo Ranch.

The biggest rush was, and still is, being involved when a single is breaking at radio. In one market you're nobody, in the next market you're a superstar, then it all fills in. It sometimes can happen fairly quickly, and it's really a thrill when it does. I'm working hard on making this happen for Gin Blossoms' new record. Hit songwriter and Country Music Hall of Famer Don Robertson took me under his wing and allowed me to pitch his song catalogue to some of the biggest names in Nashville. This was one hell of a career highlight for me. Don has had hits with dozens in rock, pop, and country and 14 cuts with Elvis Presley, among others. At the time, he did not have contact with his Nashville associates in over 20 years. He picked up the phone and told many legends that I was coming to town to pitch for him. He has such a stellar reputation that everyone embraced me, and gave me a shot. I soon took a position with the incredible late Chet Atkins. I met the love of my life, who is also in the industry. I have enjoyed passing on some of my education to her that was learned through Don.

Career disappointments
I've worked with so many talented artists, some of whom just don't get the public attention and acknowledgment they deserve. I know there's not room for everybody, but it's very disappointing to help promote and advertise a show only to learn that no one cares enough to show up. If there's no competition in the market, there's good promo, advertising and radio, you don't always have a ticket sales report that makes your artist and company smile. This happens to all of us at one time or another, and this is a guaranteed disappointment every time. It's a situation I'll never get used to.

My other disappointment comes from bands suddenly not understanding the reality of where they are in their career. It's when an artist can't understand that they are in spot X now, not an arena tour. They don't understand baby steps, and being patient. The tide often turns and when larger venues appear on the horizon, they might get the press and have a shot at selling some records. It's when an artist attitude seems to change over night that disappoints me. All managers go through it. It's like explaining how to tie your shoe all over again. Artists don't always understand that overnight success is seen by very few.

Greatest challenges
Getting an artist to understand patience and getting several principals in one band to form a resemblance of a similar opinion.

Best business decision
Selling the studio proved to be a great career move as it led me eventually into management and booking. It turned out to be a lucky business decision as well. I sold the studio on the very day I would've had to forfeit the huge investment in the tenant improvement.

Best advice you received
Don Robertson told me that it's important to understand what you did right as well as what you did wrong. Sometimes you can learn more about what went right than what went wrong. When things go right, many don't question it. Sometimes luck's a nice push in this business. It's important to understand deep into the skills of the entire team. Sometimes you will learn it's someone else who carried you through a rough time. If you don't understand what went right, the victory is hollow.

A saying I try to live by is: "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens. Not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life."

Best advice to offer
Get up early, be honest, don't waste time. Don't be in this business for the notoriety or to receive awards. An artist's talent is only subjective to a point: when you hear the industry really, really listen, make your move forward. Always maximize your odds.

Most memorable industry experience
Coming off a tour for two months and going straight to a movie lot with Columbia country artist Zaca Creek. We shot a video in a day. Four weeks later, "Sometimes Loves Not a Pretty Thing" was a CMT # 1. We were proud!

Favorite team/athlete
I know very little about sports or player names. I still quote names from when I was seven that my brother enjoyed. I do like any player or team with a racquet.

Favorite restaurant
Lately, it's been Nick and Rudy's in Nashville. Anything romantic and high-end. I'm having dinner in Houston tomorrow and shall look for my next favorite.

Favorite hotel
Anything high-end on a Californian, Hawaiian, South Pacific or English beach. I love The Ritz and Four Seasons, and anything cozy French.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I'm simple--not nearly as complicated as many think. Family and being in love are the most important things in the world to me. That I'm dying to be a father.

Industry pet peeves
People who sleep in till noon; Anyone who thinks that they have all the time in the world to achieve great results.

Office paraphernalia
Pictures of me and my girl. They're the best pictures I've ever seen. I love my Great Dane who hangs out in the office once in a while.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
Traveling with the love of my life, starting a charitable foundation, playing more guitar, performing, writing and traveling more. I'd take a shot as an actor--great fun.

Industry mentors
Don Robertson and my father, Alex T. Merrick.

Doug can be reached at: (615) 799-5534; e-mail: Infomusic@aol.com

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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
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
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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