Industry Profile: Bill Nowlin

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Bill Nowlin is a co-founder of Rounder Records, one of America's largest independently owned record labels and the leading source for roots music of various cultures.

A Jamaica Plain, Mass., native, Bill went to Tufts University with visions of becoming a teacher and writer before taking an unexpected detour that led him to the music industry. Beginning in 1963, he and friend Ken Irwin publicized folk music events on campus for various Boston-area promoters in exchange for free passes to see the shows. They often spent two or three nights a week at Cambridge's Club 47, which nurtured a passion for roots and traditional music. This passion led Bill, Irwin, and third partner Marian Leighton to form Rounder Records in 1970 in Somerville, Mass., where the label was based its first eight years. Its premiere release was in 1971 by a 76-year-old banjoist George Pegram.

"Our first Norman Blake record in 1972 was a very popular album," says Bill, "and secured us real credibility in country circles. Within the next few years, there were some very key releases that we can look back on as major milestones in our development - the first J. D. Crowe and the New South album, the first George Thorogood and the Destroyers album, and so forth. . . "

Thorogood recorded three albums for the label in the late 1970's -- the first two going gold, a rare feat for an independent record label of any era. With the success of Thorogood, Rounder was afforded the capital to expand both its artist roster and operations budget. All the while, Rounder released classic albums by J.D. Crowe and the New South (which featured at various junctures future superstars Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs), Ted Hawkins, Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, D.L. Menard, and dozens of others.

As Rounder grew as a company, it demonstrated a rare ability to do what few labels - major or independent - can do: nurture and develop artists' careers over the course of a series of albums. After a few self-released titles, folk singer/songwriter Nancy Griffith signed onto Rounder's folk division, Philo Records, in 1984. Her first Philo release, Once in a Very Blue Moon, was Griffith's first fully-formed artistic statement, an album that blended a vast musical palette (bluegrass, country, folk, blues, rockabilly, and pop all colliding) with her witty, compassionate observations. Via diligent touring, constant airplay on both commercial country and public radio, a video on Country Music Television, and a strong reputation in the press, Griffith emerged as one of the breakout folk artists of the '80s.

Griffith's departure to MCA coincided with the appearance of a 14-year-old fiddler from Champaign, Ill. Alison Krauss released her first album on in 1987 (Rounder's Too Late To Cry), and began to cultivate an enviable reputation on the bluegrass/Americana scene. By the time of her exquisite 1992 release, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Krauss began flirting with the ever more exclusive mainstream country audience. She broke through at last with the release of Now That I've Found You: A Collection, a compilation of material both old and new that demonstrated Krauss's maturation from young fiddle phenomenon to a brilliant, multifaceted singer, musician, and bandleader. Her version of Keith Whitley's "When You Say Nothing At All" launched her onto the country charts, and Now That I Found You became Rounder's first platinum and eventually double-platinum album, with sales well over the one million mark.

Krauss' relationship with Rounder continues to flourish, resulting in album after album of evocative music unbound by constraints of genre or formula. While such stars as Krauss, the Cowboy Junkies, emerging Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, Joe Ely, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore call Rounder home these days, Rounder also stays true to its original vision of illuminating the roots of contemporary music and releasing records that no other label would dare. The Alan Lomax collection, a series of over 100 CDs documenting innumerable traditional musics from Appalachia to Yugoslavia, is one such project. The ambitious Anthology of World Music series, joint releases with the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, and Rounder's unending commitment to unsung folk, bluegrass, country, old-time, blues, and indefinable artists the world over maintain that spirit first born in a Somerville, Mass., apartment three decades ago.

"Rounder has certainly grown as a business enterprise," observes Bill, "from three friends all sharing a living and working space to around 80 or so people working together as a real business. The growth has largely been organic, though, and the sense of purpose - the mission - which was the reason for founding Rounder, still remains at its core and is shared by most of the key people at today's Rounder."

Over the years Rounder created some other labels including Heartbeat (reggae), Bullseye Blues, Upstart and Zoe.

Also, Rounder started a distribution system for as many as 400 other labels, including Arhoolie, County, Folkways, Alligator, Rhino, Windham Hill and Rykodisc.

Bill did however, fulfill his teaching prophecy, and during the first 12 years of Rounder, he was a political science professor at the University of Lowell (Mass.); Dr. Nowlin retired from teaching in 1982. But unlike teaching, the record business wasn't work. "It was a calling," he says.

An avid reader of mysteries, spy thrillers, political, historical, baseball, and travel books, Bill has also backpacked in excess of 130 countries around the world, and crossed the Himalayas from Tibet to Nepal. In 1990, Bill and his wife hitchhiked across the Sahara; later that same year, they were among the first Americans to visit Albania since World War II.

Bill's passion for writing never waned, and since the early 90's he has established himself as an authority on his much-beloved Red Sox through 10 published books, including: Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story, Fenway Lives, Ted Williams: The Pursuit of Perfection, and 2005's Blood Feud: The Red Sox, the Yankees, and The Struggle of Good vs. Evil, the latter two co-authored with Jim Prime. In the mid-90's, he contributed the Afterword to a book, "Ted Williams' Hit List," by Ted Williams and Prime. From thereon, Bill and Prime became a team and went on to co-author several other books on Boston Red Sox baseball. By early 2005, Bill had more than a dozen books to his credit, as well as 100-plus articles in various newspapers, magazines and journals.

For many years, Bill, Irwin, and Leighton thought of starting a book division, and in 2004, Rounder Books became a reality, with a combination of books on music and sport leading the way. Bill has taken an active leadership role in Rounder Books, both on the business side and as author and editor.

Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center in Cambridge, the non-profit successor to the old Club 47. For several years he served on the Board of Governors of the Texas chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is now vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research. Today, he appears frequently on radio and TV in the Boston area, discussing his favorite team, the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

On Sept. 9, 2006, Rounder Records co-founders Bill, Ken Irwin and Marian Levy Leighton, were honored with the Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive by the Americana Music Association (AMA) at the 4th Annual Americana Association Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, in appreciation for the tremendous musical legacy of the Rounder family of labels that they have forged over several decades.

When you, Ken and Marian formed Rounder Records in 1970, did you ever envision that it would last 36 years and counting?
Yes, we were sure it would last 100 years. No, seriously, we never really thought much about that one way or another for the first year or so. Then, as we got more and more positive feedback, we realized that we were building up a body of work that could one day seem to be a legacy. We were one of several companies doing similar work and saw ourselves also in the tradition of some of the recording pioneers as well. But I'm not sure we ever looked all that far into the future.

What was your original business plan?
We had no idea that there even was such a thing as a business plan. We did it all by trial and error, just doing what we wanted to and what we could afford to do, and what we thought made sense. I've often told people--and it's true, even though I didn't even know the meaning of the word invoice. Despite being short on business vocabulary, though, we had decent instincts.

Do you have a current business plan?
Not that I know of.

Do the three of you have different specialty areas?
We all tried to do everything at first but branched out into each having areas of specialization for one reason or another. Ken works more with artists in preparing to record and in the studio and still does. Marian has done more publicity and promotion work and related to certain artists. She's not as active doing that anymore. I did more of the organization, legal, financial and international stuff. I'm not as active doing that anymore, either.

Why did you decide to distribute other labels?
We distributed up to about 450 other labels at the height of the distribution business. That is pretty much all gone now, except in the area of children's music, where Rounder Kids remains an active distributorship. We started carrying other lines as a way of getting entree for our own label. Stores didn't want to buy our records; they wanted to buy from a distributor. So we created a distributorship and were then better able to sell our own records, too. Early labels that were important to us were Takoma and Folkways. We were the first distributor for a number of labels that went on to further growth, such as Windham Hill, Rykodisc, and Shanachie, among others.

Why did you decide to create numerous imprints?
Rounder was always very prolific, and we were also very eclectic. We enjoyed that. We saw some other companies that specialized in one kind of music or another, and thought they might have benefited from a clear label identity. We created Heartbeat to deal with reggae music, Bullseye Blues to work with blues, etc.

There were two labels we purchased: Philo and Flying Fish. In the first case, the label had gone into bankruptcy, and we were the reorganization plan. In the case of Fish, founder Bruce Kaplan died unexpectedly. The company soldiered on, but within a couple of years, his widow wanted to sell the company. We were an obvious choice because Bruce had been with Rounder way back when at a time the group expanded to four people for a year or two.

What kind of artists does Rounder want to sign?
We've always wanted to sign artists whose music we enjoy. Artists who play quality music and can present it with conviction and passion. Naturally, those who have good management and show a determination to help build their own careers are of particular interest as well. There's no shortage of excellent artists, so we look for those with whom we think there's a good fit.

What kind of labels does Rounder want to pick up for distribution?
We're not really looking for labels to distribute.

How do you feel about free downloads off the Internet?
The idea that all music should be free is, of course, one that would undermine a lot of creativity, in that artists would maybe not have sufficient incentive to stick with their music long enough. With the growth of iTunes and the other services providing quality music at a fair price, consumers clearly have shown their willingness to purchase music via download. Free downloads now can be for promotional purposes, but there needs to be revenue streams for the artists and for any intermediaries such as record companies and publishers.

What kind of tour support does Rounder offer its artists?
From time to time, with certain artists, we will help try to bridge the gap to help artists take advantage of certain opportunities that look to benefit their career development. It has to be an artist that has shown a real determination and commitment to active touring and demonstrated that success follows their work on tour.

How did George Thorogood's leaving Rounder impact the label?
When we reached a certain point where we felt the potential for the Destroyers was greater than we could handle, we partnered with the band to form the Rounder Destroyer Company, a joint venture, and signed the group to EMI America Records. Today, we wouldn't need to do that, but in 1981 we didn't have the resources to take the band to the next level. It was a good partnership that endured for several more albums and several more years. After that period of time, we each were on our own, and both the band and Rounder have done well. We remain in close contact and often discuss the possibility of working together again.

Is it easy to write about the Boston Red Sox?
That's switching tracks. It's very easy for me to think of ideas to write about. The actual research and writing can be a lot of work sometimes, tedious at other times, but it's something I enjoy doing so it's just what it is. It often doesn't seem like work, but, of course, most of it really is work. I go to maybe 30-35 games most years. This last year though, it was an even 50 games--that was a record.

First concert attended
Ray Charles at the Orpheum in Boston, circa 1961.

First concert worked
My partner Ken Irwin and I worked advance publicity for concerts in Manny Greenhill's Folklore Concert Series in Boston, starting early in 1963. The first one featured Odetta.

First industry job
The first actual job I had in the industry is also the last one and the one I still have: working at Rounder Records.

Career highlights
I do believe it is an accomplishment to have helped run an independent label that has survived and occasionally prospered for more than 35 years...so far.

Career disappointments
The biggest disappointments are two partnerships which failed - one with the three owners of Rykodisc and one with Valley. After so many years of successful partnership among the three Rounder owners, it was extremely disillusioning to (twice!) find ourselves partners with other people who placed their own self-interest above that of the partnership rather than giving the partnership primacy.

Greatest challenge
To continue to survive in a business environment that is increasingly competitive, constantly changing, and no longer the least bit sentimental. When we began, it was different.

Best business decision
Perhaps to sign George Thorogood and the Destroyers, way back when; perhaps to jump with both feet into CDs way ahead of the pack.

Best advice you received
Let me answer this another way, by remembering all the people who helped Rounder early on, by offering free design, free photographs, free liner notes, and (when The Destroyers started to break) a lot of suggestions and hints of how we could better publicize the album. Several people in a number of parts of the record business helped us out, just because they liked what we were doing, and wanted to help.

Best advice to offer
It might not be good advice in today's world, but try to find something you really, really enjoy and take it as far as you can.

Most memorable industry experience
George Thorogood's tour going 50 dates in 50 states, then, after one day off, joining the Rolling Stones tour in progress back in 1981.

Favorite team/athlete
Boston Red Sox / Ted Williams. He was my hero growing up. It was my pleasure to get to know him a bit, and to have written a couple of books about him.

Favorite restaurant
There was a place in New Orleans I really used to enjoy. I don't recall the name. I hope it's still there.

Favorite hotels
Oddly enough, the ones I remember most, I can't even recall the name of. There was one in Cotonou, the capital of the country of Dahomey. It did have windows, but very little else. A rooftop in Athens that cost me 12 cents was a favorite back in 1967.

Industry pet peeve
It's really not the industry, but it's the way that mechanical royalties are set in this country as opposed to almost every other country in the world. The U.S. puts itself at a competitive disadvantage by setting a statutory rate on each and every track, rather than a package rate based on the price of the recording. In other countries, they play a flat rate whether there are 10 tracks on a disc or 20. In the U.S., we'd have to pay twice as much if there were 20 - and the foreign companies could therefore easily undercut the U.S. companies.

Office paraphernalia
I've got a lot of baseball stuff.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
… doing some baseball research into places the Red Sox have played exhibition ballgames over the years.

Industry mentors
So many people helped in small ways, either as mentors or models. A tip of the cap to some of the independent label heads that shared ideas and shared goals along the way - I will name (in alphabetical order) Moe Asch, Dave Freeman, Nick Perls, and Chris Strachwitz. Thanks also to so many of the people who helped inspire us in other ways - Alan Jabbour, Alan Lomax, Dick Spottswood, and so many more.

Bill can be reached at: (617) 354-0700; e-mail: jsacca@rounder.com

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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
Jason Zink, Emporium Presents 10/19/17
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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