Industry Profile: Dave Rose

— by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Dave Rose is the co-founder and co-owner of Deep South Entertainment, a record label, artist management, music publishing, merchandising, and concert event production company, with offices in Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville.

Dave launched Deep South in 1995 with college friend and co-music fanatic, Andy Martin, as a small independent record label out of the third bedroom of their apartment in Raleigh. The company started out by releasing "Deep" compilations where they would find new talent and feature Deep South artists on the compilations, such as The Marvelous 3, Far Too Jones, Collapsis, Cigar Store Indians, The Nickel Slot, and The Belmont Playboys.

"Many of these titles still do quite well for us," Dave notes. Deep South quickly obtained national recognition as its artists and their releases began to achieve success, most notably, Five for Fighting, Sister Hazel, The Marvelous 3, and Marcy Playground with its #1 hit, Sex and Candy.

Deep South Entertainment's record label today is broken into two primary divisions: a company that manages artist-owned labels and an independent record label operating as Deep South Records. On the artist-owned side, Deep South manages record labels for Iris Dement (Flariella Records), Little Feat (Hot Tomato Records) and Stryper (Fifty Three Five Records). As an independent record label, Deep South acts "as a stepping stone for developing acts," Dave explains. "Our most recent artists include Parmalee, Pico Vs. Island Trees and Waylandsphere.

As Deep South expanded, it gradually shifted its focus to artist management. Over the years, it handled the careers of Bruce Hornsby, Little Feat, SR-71, Stryper, Vienna Teng, and many others. Today, Deep South's current management roster includes: Little Feat, Vienna Teng, Stryper, Kyler England, John Wozniak, Michael Sweet, and Bill Payne, "who recently released an amazing solo record called Cielo Norte, and we're working on a tour for him as a solo artist," Dave informs. As a record label, Deep South also manages the DVD and CD releases from Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

Deep South's merchandising arm, Choice Merchandise, is a supplier and on-line merchandise fulfillment company for more than two dozen national acts, including The Subdudes, Allison Moorer, The Outlaws, Little Feat, Stryper, Bruce Hornsby, Darden Smith, Archers of Loaf and, Iris DeMent, Crooked Fingers, Kyler England, Parmalee, and Michael Sweet. Continuing as a multi-faceted enterprise, Deep South, along with the Raleigh Convention Center, produces Bud Light Downtown Live, which, in its two years, has become North Carolina's largest free outdoor summer concert series featuring national recording artists, held in downtown Raleigh and attracting an average of 8,000 music fans from all over the southeast. The Violent Femmes, Better Than Ezra, Spin Doctors, Candlebox, Blue October, Butch Walker, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and many others are among the acts who have performed at the free event.

"Bud Light Downtown Live is just one of the many concerts we produce," Dave informs. "Locally, we handle most every major outdoor concert in Raleigh, but the others are typically annual events, whereas Bud Light Downtown Live is a summer series. We also produce The Capital City Bike Fest, a two-day Harley Davidson Rally in downtown Raleigh that features over 15 national and regional bands. That takes place the last weekend of September every year."

"Most of the concerts we produce locally are typically free outdoor concerts," he continues. "We don't do a lot of hard-ticket venues. Although we're not opposed to that, and we've done a few small regional shows in that fashion, we're primarily known as the outdoor free concert producers."

Some of the acts Deep South has promoted for events outside of the Bud Light Downtown Live series include Aaron Tippin, Miranda Lambert, Duncan Shiek, Drivin N Cryin, Royal Crown Revue, David Lee Murphy, Foghat, Vertical Horizon, The Smithereens, Cracker, Tres Chicas and Angie Aparo.

Deep South also produces smaller summer concert series for area malls, bars, radio stations. "Recently we co-produced an enormous event called Raleigh Wide Open, which was a celebration for the opening of Fayetteville Street--the main street that runs in front of the Capital building in Downtown Raleigh," Dave adds.. "Royal Crown Revue headlined that event, and over 50,000 people attended. We plan to continue to produce and promote concerts."

The Nashville office houses the newest addition to Deep South Entertainment: Songs of Deep South, the music publishing company headed by Greg Gallo. "We sign songwriters and artists and bring them to Nashville to write with local writers there," says Dave. "It gives great writers, from say Topeka, Kan., or wherever, a chance to get to Nashville and write with some of the A-level writers there. The Nashville office is located just a few blocks off Music Row and has been fully operational for about a year and a half now."

Some of the writers include Tery Anderson, who wrote songs for The Georgia Satellites and Jo Dee Messina; Mike Daly, formerly of Whiskeytown; and Jo Lloyd, formerly of Stretch Princess on Wind-Up Records.

Do you and Andy have different areas you focus on?
Just like any great partnership, we each have our areas of focus. But we also collaborate on everything. Although he may be more hands on with a certain aspect of our business, or vice versa, we both make decisions collectively and work very closely together in every aspect of our business. We both have strengths and weaknesses that work well together. I've never understood partnerships where the two partners had the exact same strengths. As I've lightheartedly said many times: If Andy and I were exactly alike, there'd be no need for two of us. It's a great relationship.

What kinds of artist labels do you look to sign for distribution?
An artist-owned label situation is obviously very different than what we look for as an independent record label. In an artist-owned label situation, we look for an artist who obviously has a loyal fan base, where the artist will benefit financially by retaining the rights to their masters and thus receiving a much larger portion of the profits than they would with a traditional record deal. As an independent label we look for talent we believe in. It's really that simple. We look for artists that we believe we can help get to the next level.

Can you take them to the next level or do you to place them elsewhere?
We certainly play a roll in that. For example, we released the first Far Too Jones and the first Marvelous 3 records. During that time we worked alongside their managers to assist in getting them deals with Mammoth and Elektra, respectively. Each situation is different. But yes, we're always active with each artist we release in helping to get them to the next level.

Does your Deep South imprint appear on their new labels?
Not typically, but each situation is different. Typically, though, they're just one album deals.

What kind of artists do you look to sign for management?
At the risk of sounding cliché, we look for artists that we believe in musically. Deep South was founded as an independent record label where we simply looked for great songs and great artists. We didn't care about the hype or politics of music and that philosophy still holds true today. We care about talented artists.

On that same note, it has to be a situation where we feel the relationship will be beneficial to the artist. I may love a really talented polka band, but I don't know a lot about the polka industry, so it has to be a situation where I feel as though the artist will genuinely benefit from our services.

What kind of tour support do you look for your management clients on other labels?
In the traditional sense of tour support--label gives artist money to cover touring expenses--it's rarely even a topic, as all of the artists we work with don't require tour support. Tour support for our management clients lie more in the sense of marketing, retail, radio and publicity support while on the road. Whenever possible, I try to shy away from traditional tour support and prefer that the label spend their money on marketing and publicity.

What kind of tour support do you offer artists on your label?
As a label we don't offer traditional tour support, but we handle tour publicity and marketing while on the road. I'm a big advocate of street teams and grassroots marketing, so we have a strong system in place to organize and motivate street teams surrounding our artists' tours.

How did you come to sign Little Feat for management?
We met Little Feat through their booking agent at the time, Joe Brauner, who was at Monterey Peninsula Artists back in March 2001. When I first met Joe, he was Bela Fleck's agent, and Bruce Hornsby was doing some dates with Bela. That's how we initially got to know one another. I remember it like it was yesterday. We had an initial phone call with Bill Payne and then just a few days later we were on a plane to California to meet with him and Paul Barrere about management. We began working together almost immediately after that. They had been self-managed for a couple of years, and Joe felt we would make a good team. He was right. As a company, we get what they are about. And they get us. It's an amazing relationship.

What is the story behind Little Feat's Hot Tomato Records?
It's actually quite a bit more than concert releases. It's also studio records and DVDs. We started Hot Tomato Records with the band in 2001, and it has been an incredibly successful venture for them, both financially and artistically. Hot Tomato initially started to release Little Feat titles but has branched into other areas as well. In addition to releasing solo projects for the members of Little Feat, Hot Tomato recently signed and released an album for Illinois based band, The Boat Drunks. They are all distributed through Redeye Distribution, another North Carolina based company. Right now there are about 15 titles on the Hot Tomato Records label and they are selling very well. We're all really excited about the future of Hot Tomato Records.

Little Feat is the perfect example of artists that benefits from owning their own label. The initial releases on the label were actually two CDs released individually but simultaneously, Ripe Tomatoes and Raw Tomatoes. Those have collectively sold over 50,000 units. Their studio album, Kickin' It At The Barn, has sold over 20,000 units.

Is a self-owned label ideal for all artists?
No. It's not right for all artists. New artists, for example, often need the marketing support of a major or a major-indie to help develop their career. And then there are some artists, like Stryper for example, who release some titles on their self-owned label, Fifty Three Five Records, and some titles on a major or a major-indie. You have to look at the overall goal for not only the artist but for that particular release as well. But in general, for an artist with a built-in loyal following, it's wise for them to consider starting their own label and releasing select titles on that label.

How do you feel about free downloads off the Internet?
In general, I'm against it. Certainly, when a young, new band records their first demo, and they're trying to be heard, I encourage them to get their music out in almost any way possible, including free downloads. But aside for promotional uses, people should pay for the music. You wouldn't walk into a Snickers Bar factory and just start taking Snickers Bars for free. Same concept. People have paid a lot of money and spent a lot of time making and recording this music. I'm almost baffled that anyone thinks it's okay to get this for free. Only in the music industry is this even a topic. I'd bet you never go to a fashion show convention and hear a panel discuss whether or not it's okay to take free Guess Jeans off the rack in the mall.

How did the Bud Light Downtown Live start?
2006 marks the second season of the Bud Light Downtown Live concert series. The concept isn't a new one, nationally, but it's something new for the Raleigh market. The idea came out of having our Deep South management clients play similar free outdoor concert series throughout the nation. I would go to these concerts and think, "Raleigh needs something like this."

So after two years of planning and preparation, we partnered with the Raleigh Convention Center to produce a free outdoor concert series featuring national artists in Moore Square Park, located in downtown Raleigh. Bud Light came on as the title sponsor very quickly. And 96rock (WBBB) signed on immediately as our first media partner, and it's been growing ever since. The average attendance for these events is 8,000 people, but we have seen crowds as much as 11,000.

Headliners in 2005 included: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Better Than Ezra, Violent Femmes, Naughty by Nature, and Little Texas. In 2006, headliners were Lit, Arrested Development, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Spin Doctors, Blue October, Butch Walker, Candlebox, Gin Blossoms and Presidents of The United States of America.

Do you put your label and/or management clients on the schedule as well?
Not very often, but occasionally. On a few occasions it has worked out to where it made sense for both our artist and for the event to have one of our management artists perform.

Why did you decide to go into producing/promoting concerts?
It was really sort of a natural extension of what we already do as managers. As managers, in addition to other things, we coordinate a team to let as many people as possible know about our artists' music, which is sort of what concert promoting is: Letting people know about a live music performance. Certainly there's much more to it than that, but the basic marketing concepts are very similar.

There's something incredibly gratifying about choosing an artist for a concert, marketing that concert, and then watching 10,000 people have an enjoyable experience at that concert.

Why did you start Choice Merchandise?
About 35% of the overall income in the Deep South Entertainment umbrella falls in the lap of Choice Merchandise. Choice Merchandise is an artist merchandise supplier and on-line fulfillment company. When, for example, you go to brucehornsby.com to purchase a T-shirt, or CD, or whatever, that order comes in to our warehouse, shipped, tracked and then accounted for financially in monthly reports--and checks--to the artist. This aspect of our business has grown tremendously in the past few years.

Choice Merchandise started out of lack of being able to find reasonably priced merchandise for our management clients. So we took it upon ourselves to help make the artist more money with merchandising. As the Internet took off, we then, of course, branched into online fulfillment, and we now handle merchandise for more than 25 national and regional artists, including The Subdudes, Allison Moorer, The Outlaws, Little Feat, Stryper, Bruce Hornsby, Darden Smith, Archers of Loaf and many others.

First concert attended
Mrs. Higgins' Annual Piano Recital. My sister was playing. She rocked. It was at Mrs. Higgins' house. Many years later I went to my first rock concert, which was Stryper/TNT in Greensboro, N.C., around l988.

First industry job
I've never worked for anyone else. Me and my 11-year business partner Andy Martin, started the company together, mostly because of just that--we didn't want a real job. Bosses and I never got along too well, so it was either start my own company or starve. And early on it was both: starting my own company often led to starvation.

Career highlights
The very first check Deep South received for selling records. That thought of "Wow, you really can get paid for this," was, and still is, amazing.

Career disappointment
Even a bad day in the music business is still a good day.

Greatest challenge
Figuring out how to operate one of the many electronic gadgets I own designed to make my life simpler.

Best business decision
When Andy Martin and myself decided, "Let's do this. Let's start our own music company." Sometimes not knowing what you're up against can be a good thing. Had we known in advance the obstacles that would lie ahead, we may have thought twice about it.

Best advice you received
"Be honest with everyone you deal with." Although I always knew, and for the most part lived by that, I once asked Dan Weiner at Monterey Peninsula Artists the best advice he could give someone and that's what he said. It stuck with me.

Best advice to offer
Don't argue with an idiot. People listening in may not be able to tell the difference.

Most memorable industry experience
There are too many to list. Deep South's newest venture is an outdoor concert series in downtown Raleigh called Bud Light Downtown Live. Three shows into our first season, we had over 10,000 people attending each event. There's something extremely memorable about knowing you play a role in providing something valuable and entertaining to the great city in which you reside.

Favorite team
The Carolina Hurricanes. They just won the Stanley Cup which has helped put Raleigh/Durham on the map as being known for something more than just great college basketball.

Favorite restaurants
The Rockford (Raleigh, NC), Virago (Nashville). Café Opera (Stockholm, Sweden), Bill's Hot Dogs (Washington, NC).

Favorite hotels
The Standard Downtown (Los Angeles), Hotel Borg (Reykjavik, Iceland).

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I'm very into music so anytime my friends find out about interests outside of music, it surprises them. My non-music related talents are tennis and dog training. Odd combination, I know.

Industry pet peeve
E-mails, typically sent by someone on a blackberry that read: "Thrusdys ok c u thenn. Howz teh famly"

Office paraphernalia
Pictures of my nephews; an antique Admiral, circa 1940, radio; a map of the world; and most importantly, a bottle of aspirin.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
…trying to do this. I've always thought pizza delivery would be kind of fun too, though.

Industry mentors
In very different but uniquely valuable ways, the following have greatly influenced my career: Bruce Hornsby, Gene Simmons, Phil Zachary, Andy Martin, and my parents, Joe and Ruth Rose.

Dave can be reached at: 919-844-1515; e-mail: Dave@DeepSouthEntertainment.com

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