Industry Profile: Carl Freed

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Actor turned agent turned promoter Carl Freed of Metropolitan Entertainment had a promising acting career, guesting on M*A*S*H, making five commercials for McDonald's as well as Coors Light and Crest, among others. Carl was also the head of NACPA, produced a free concert in New York that attracted 750,000 people, and worked for both Ron Delsener and John Scher. Carl is a man of many stories but uses words sparingly. Just read his distinction between Woodstock '94 and Woodstock '99 -- both festivals he worked - in '94 as VIP/Staff Hotel Coordinator and in '99 as head of sponsorship.

Since 1992, Carl has been senior vice president of business development for the concert promotion firm Metropolitan Entertainment. During this time, he has secured a 25-year exclusive agreement with the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York; secured the first-ever U.S. arena/amphitheater Backstreet Boys tour in 1998 that was "incredibly successful" for Metropolitan; developed a corporate entertainment division; developed and maintained sponsorship for Metopolitan's venues and tours; developed Metropolitan's hip-hop business that led to a partnership in Dream Team Tours and promoted "Up In Smoke" featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Warren G and Eminem -- one of the most successful tours in its genre; negotiated the largest web cast contract in history for Woodstock 1999; and led Metropolitan into the digital age by creating and overseeing www.concerthotline.com and www.metroent.com.

Carl was destined to work in the entertainment business -- be it in front of the camera or behind the scenes. His father, Bert Freed, was a prolific character actor who most often played menacing individuals -- bosses, cops, outlaws, and authoritarian types. Could his role in the 1968 film, "Wild In The Streets," about a rock 'n' roll president, possibly have been another foreshadowing of Carl's future?

Among Bert's long list of film credits are: "Halls of Montezuma" (1950) as Slattery ("one of my favorites of his roles," says Carl); "711 Ocean Drive" (1950) as Marshak; "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town" (1950) as Dutch; "Detective Story" (1951) as Det. Dakis; "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1952) as Ted Sutton; "Invaders from Mars" (1953) as Chief A.C. Barrows; "Paths of Glory" (1957) with Kirk Douglas, as Sergeant Boulanger; "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962) as Producer; "Wild In The Streets" as Shelley Winters' husband; and "Norma Rae" (1979) as Sam Dakin, his last theatrical film. Bert also guest starred on many TV series including: "Gunsmoke;" "The Untouchables;" "The Rifleman;" "Perry Mason;" "Bonanza;" "Ben Casey;" "The Outer Limits;" "Petticoat Junction;" "Hogan's Heroes;" "The Big Valley;" "Mission: Impossible;" "Cannon;" "The Partridge Family" and "The Fall Guy."

Carl got his start in front of the camera at 14 for a new soft drink called Feel Free. "People thought it was a feminine hygiene product and it failed miserably," Carl recalls. But his acting career didn't and he went on to appear in numerous commercials and TV shows. While trying to keep his acting career on track, Carl was also head of development for a TV production company from 1981 - 1989. Among his accomplishments was the creation of "Shades of Love," the first made for home video television series; developed the prime-time ABC-TV Special, "Blondes vs. Brunettes;" and developed TV specials with Jane Fonda, Diana Ross and the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.

From 1987 to January 1989 Carl went to work for Brad Gelfond at Triad Artists in Los Angeles. He left Triad, and moved to New York where he worked at Ron Delsener Enterprises. While at Delsener, Carl produced Earth Day 1990 in New York City's Central Park with Paul Simon, Hall and Oates and Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. The event attracted over 750,000 making it one of the largest crowds in the history of the concert business.

He left Delsener in 1990 to become the second executive director of the North American Concert Promoters Association (NACPA) -- (replacing Ben Liss, who in return re-replaced Carl when Carl left two years later) -- a trade organization of the top concert promoters in North America who represented more than 75 percent of concert ticket sales in North America. Carl worked with lobbyists in Washington, D.C. on issues such as ticket scalping, antitrust and censorship. He also wrote a newsletter that was distributed to more than 1,000 music industry leaders.

In 1992, Carl joined Metropolitan Entertainment, becoming the first person to work for both Ron Delsener and John Scher in an executive capacity. As senior vice president of business development, Carl is responsible for developing new ancillary business, which has included sponsorship, new venues, touring, special events and Metropolitan's Internet strategy.

Carl lives in New Jersey with his two young children and wife Jennifer, the owner of a major post-production film accounting firm in New York, Trevanna Post, whose credits include upcoming films "Big Trouble" and "The Score" as well as recent films Mission to Mars (2000), Unbreakable (2000), Sixth Sense (1999), and Bowfinger (1999), among numerous others. And there's more talent in the family. His sister Jennifer is the co-author of the new book "The Ultimate Personality Guide."

Why did you give up acting?
I was dating an actress, we were actually going to get married. I was head of development for a TV production company and trying to keep my acting career going. She turned to me one day and said "Why don't you stay behind the camera, there is only room for one actor in the family." I listened to her, got my non-acting career going, we split up and I never went back. Additionally, after co-starring with Jack Klugman in Quincy, Jack turned to me, handed me $500 and said, "You seem to be a smart kid, prove it to me by taking this $500 and never act again."

In recent years, what kinds of changes have you seen in corporate sponsorship of concerts?
Artists seem to be more agreeable to sponsorship. The money is getting pretty big and that makes it hard to turn down. But to be able to pay the artists the large fees, sponsors must try to use all the leverage available to them. I can't believe that one major beer sponsor has been trying to force promoters to pour their brand at the venues their sponsored artist is playing. It's against the law to tie that into sponsorship, but nobody seems to care.

Corporate presence is everywhere, obviously SFX has used their leverage to create an entirely new corporate environment at their amphitheaters. The jury is out as to how receptive the public is to this increase. We'll have to wait and see.

Do you think we'll be seeing managerial consolidation like we've seen with promoters?
No. The management industry is about personal service, not about corporate consolidation.

How do you feel about the Napster ruling?
The ruling is just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to technology, the record companies missed the boat, the train, the jet, etc. I think, like many others, that the solution to the rampant swapping of music files that threaten the copyrights of artists will be a premium service will be offered by some of the larger ISPs and that you will see a much broader universe of musical tastes satisfied by the new paradigm.

What were some of NACPA 's accomplishments under your leadership?
When I was the executive director, there were 30 member companies! Just keeping all of those guys at the same table was an incredible accomplishment, especially with Danny Zelisko always asking for a pee break.

The promoter ticket count idea started with me and was fulfilled by [my successor] Ben [Liss]. I also orchestrated the "Bottom Ten" tours list that got incredible press and caused several managers to throw out my rolodex card.

How would you compare Woodstock '94 to '99?
Mud people vs. mad people.

How do venues look at hip-hop in 2001 vs. say three to five years ago?
Unfortunately, many venues are still quite uneasy with the concept of presenting rap. Arenas need business and when you are put in a position of need, sometimes you end up doing business with people that are less than qualified to do their job. The money looks good, but when it comes to producing a safe, well-organized event, inexperience reigns and trouble begins.

We, along with Hot 97 and Radio Events Group, have produced the biggest rap show in America for the last eight years -- Summer Jam. Hot 97 is an incredible partner because they are not afraid to use their leverage with an act by saying, "If you f**k up, we will drop your records." That kind of strong statement leads to organized, safe and entertaining shows.

We had similar success with our Up in Smoke tour last summer. Dr. Dre issued that same statement, but instead of dropping records, f**k up with Dre and you lose any credibility as a rap artist in a very fickle environment. Once again a safe, organized and very entertaining show. Up in Smoke was named one of the top 10 tours of all time by Spin Magazine. Once the acts, labels and promoters take more responsibility for their actions, rap can join all of the other musical genres as part of the regular touring cycle.

What kind of Internet strategy has Metropolitan implemented?
I convinced our company early on that it was very important to have presence on the Internet. If we did not have the first promoter web site, then we were definitely one of the first promoters to establish our site.

Our first site was www.metroent.com and used primarily as an electronic press kit. Then John Scher, an acknowledged technophobe, came to me and asked if concerthotline was available as a URL. It was, and now www.concerthotline.com is a very productive site with over 100,000 unique visits per month. The site gives exposure to every show that we have on sale and it has direct links to ticketmaster.com for two-click ticket buying. We have Radiohead on sale at Liberty State Park. This venue is rarely used for concerts so we have dedicated a link from our site to a page that has all the information a fan would need to get to the event, a layout of the facility and what public transportation exists to get there. A great tool.

We also solicit fans to join our email club that enables members to have early access to ticket sales in many of our venues. We have sold out several shows (LFO at Morristown Community Theater, the cranberries at Hammerstein) on the Internet alone. This is the future of our business. It is incredibly cost efficient -- a few hundred dollars to reach core music lovers. Most acts are on net percentage deals. If we can save $15,000 in advertising, 80 to 90 percent of that goes to the artist. We may take out a "Sold Out" ad to raise the profile of the event, but the overall cost savings are incredible.

Career highlights
1998 Backstreet Boys Tour -- I worked with David Zedeck, then at Renaissance Talent, bringing BSB into the Northeast on their first theater tour. One thing led to another and David and I worked out a deal for Metropolitan to be the national tour promoter for BSB's first shed/arena tour.

Earth Day 1990 -- 750,000 people in Central Park. I produced it for Ron Delsener. When governor Florio of New Jersey found out about the Central Park show, he wanted one too. So I helped produce a show at Liberty State Park the same day! We had Hall and Oates there as well. The trick was getting them up to Central Park after they played in NJ. I arranged to get an escort from the NJ State Police and take the artists up the Hudson River via high speed ferry. As we headed up the Hudson, I stood on the bow of my boat, looking back at the state police boats, the artist's ferry and said to myself, "Now this is show business."

Hammerstein Ballroom opening -- I was working on developing a new venue on the Hudson River. During our negotiations for the venue, I had told Eric Levine (general counsel of Metropolitan) that although this venue was a great opportunity, there was another piece of real estate worth investigating in Manhattan, the ground floor opera house at Manhattan Center. It had been in a state of disrepair for over 20 years and everybody in the business thought it would be cost prohibitive to renovate. But I just had a feeling that if the circumstances were right, I could help make it happen. We were well into our negotiations for that facility, when I received a call from my friend, Louise Honey at the Manhattan Center. She told me that they were going to renovate the first floor (soon to be the Hammerstein) and asked me if I would I consult. I grabbed Eric Levine and took a meeting with Louise and her boss, Floyd Christopherson. Six months later, with the help from some tough negotiating by John Scher, we had an exclusive 25-year contract for the best facility of its size in America.

Career disappointment
[Lack of] Backstreet Boys Tour 1999.

Best business decision
Buying [Backstreet Boys agent] David Zedeck dinner in 1995.

Best business advice you received
Don't trust anybody.

Business advice to share
You're as good as your word.

Favorite industry memory/experience
Standing on stage during The Allman Brothers at Woodstock 1994; going to *NSYNC with my seven-year-old daughter at Giants Stadium.

Office paraphernalia
Pictures drawn by my children Trevor and Savannah, surf photos, photos of my wife, some sort of ball to toss around, a life-size Burt Bacharach poster from a TNT show Metropolitan produced.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you
I had a screen test to do Marilyn Monroe's last movie "Something's Gotta Give" (1962). She died before it was finished. I was six at the time.

Industry pet peeve
Forwarding jokes as attachments.

Carl can be reached at 973-744-0770; e-mail: carl@trevanna.com.

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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
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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