Industry Profile: Anni Lam

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Anni Lam is the founder of Parc Landon, a Houston and Los Angeles based music, sports and entertainment professional services middle agency that specializes in bringing Asian musical artists to the United States and booking U.S. artists in major Asian markets, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila, Dubai and Seoul as well as Las Vegas. It also books concerts for casinos in Macau, Las Vegas, Reno, southern California and Atlantic City.

Anni is business-savvy and unusually creative. As a media entrepreneur, she created an Internet music channel, Hong Kong Vintage Pop Radio (HKVP) for Chinese-Americans 25 to 40 years of age in 2002 to help connect Chinese-Americans with entertainment from their home country. "When I started HKVP Radio, I was hoping to reignite the golden era of Cantonese pop and serve an untapped market in the United States - Chinese-Americans," she explains. As a business consultant, she has helped entertainment establishments such as the House of Blues market their shows to Asian Americans. She also manages Asian artist Johnny Hi-Fi.

"The events we book occur in 2,000-seat theatres up to 20,000-seat arenas," Anni notes. "We specialize in booking Hong Kong and Taiwanese pop singers and work closely with the casino's talent buying department and Far East marketing to ensure that the shows cater to the local taste and allure casino VIPs and high rollers." Anni also books U.S. and U.K. gold and platinum artists in Asia-based venues.

In March 2007, veteran booking executive Jay Jacobs joined Parc Landon as Anni's business partner as senior vice president and head of Music. He works out of the Los Angeles office. Jay was the former SVP and head of Music for William Morris Agency and ICM, and signed and represented The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, Donna Summers, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and many more.

Anni started in the entertainment business 10 years ago when she was 16 by helping her concert promoter dad after school. "I would take the bus from New Jersey to Manhattan to work, organizing press conferences, having meetings with producers, doing production, schmoozing with the Chinese mafia," she reminisces. "My dad appointed me to handle those tasks and to work side by side with producers."

Previously, Anni was a marketing and brand analyst in New York. Her past clients include Elsevier Science, MTV Networks, MTV Video Music Awards, Sony Music, Conde Nast Publications' Glamour Magazine, fashion ad agencies and online retailers. She was also an executive producer at Premier Entertainment Productions in New York, producing concerts and special music events.


Experience & Advice
On a recent tour through China and Asia, I offended a family member of an artist that I manage. It caused a ton of arguments between the artist and me, almost resulting in a representation break-up--luckily that didn't happen. It was petty on my part and could have easily been avoided. I learned that in any business, not just the one that I'm in, it's not always all about business, it's about the people. People always come first.

What is today's Asian music scene like in the U.S.?
The Asian music scene in the US is limited. The Vietnamese community has set up record companies and distribution in the States to release music here in Vietnamese, but so far the Chinese, Japanese or the Korean haven't. The Vietnamese tend to be passionate and supportive of their own music culture and will buy products whereas as the other Asian cultures just aren't that interested. Asian Americans - the second generation 20 and 30-somethings who are born here --are trying to build up the Asian American music scene, comprised of budding artists and musicians in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They dream to be the first legitimate Asians, not the likes of William Hung--American Idol reject--to break into the US market. They release all genres of English-based music, from rock to rap to folk and R&B. Some of the artists are really talented, but they're realizing that the labels won't give them a chance.

What is today's Asian music scene like in Asia?
With the exception of Japan, music in Asia is not as varied as it is in the US. Pop is still the dominating genre of music. Although there are some pockets of diversity, such as West Coast hip hop in Taiwan or rock in Beijing, most of the general Asian public only know household names. The Internet helps, but unfortunately there are still many kids in Korea or China who don't know who Justin Timberlake or Christina Aguilera are.

The Asians are much more advanced than the Americans when it comes to technology. No one sells CDs in Korea anymore-it's all by mobile downloading--and they all have better and newer cell phones that do much more than ours do. Now we just need iTunes in all the other countries besides Japan.

Who are some of the Asian artists you've brought over?
I've mostly worked with adult contemporary singers - Jenny Tseng, Sally Yeh, Veronica Yip. We're now trying to sign a major Asian pop star to cross over to Hollywood as an actor. We're seeing a lot of major Asian stars - on the platinum level - who are getting tired of the conditions in Asia -- slavery, non-standardized commissions that rip off the artist, lack of representation law, lack of skillful managers--and are trying to head to the U.S. - where supposedly the grass is greener on the other side.

What American artists have you worked with in Asia?
All of the American artists we're working with have active offers on the table right now - I can't disclose them - but they are Billboard Top 200 chart-makers as well as platinum artists. Asian fans are only interested in household names.

As head of Entertainment Financing at Parc Landon Financial, what are your responsibilities?
Reviewing real estate opportunities. Entertainment financing for us means real estate properties that have entertainment usage. We currently represent two of the most respected music venue developers, Beijing Starcity and the Shanghai Sunrise Group. They already have buildings on the ground, but they're looking for money to expand into other cities. We represent them by raising investment capital on their behalf, connecting the developer to money. We also review scripts for films in need of financing and represent government-backed groups in Singapore and Thailand that also own music venues and other entertainment-related property such as cinemas, bowling alleys, opera houses, karaoke clubs and dance clubs. With each client we try to differentiate our offering where we're not just trying to sell them shows, but we're trying to further their business in the real estate category too.

How are your investments distributed within the entertainment industry in the U.S. and in Asia?
Our investment projects are all China-based. We're committed to helping to launch and mature the China live music market. We know that the future, the money and the opportunities all lie in Asia.

Who are some of the promoters you've worked with?
Arena-level promoters in Asia who are directly competing with Live Nation, Midas, etc. We also have great friendships with the top clubs in the region, such as The Luxy in Taiwan and The Star Live in Beijing. A lot of these promoters own entertainment property and their own venues. Concert promotion wasn't their first line of business, but they're developing that aspect of the business because of natural progression - content creation for their properties. Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and China are important markets for us where we have exclusive relationships with established promoters. We also have friendships with the executives at AEG Live, so we try to do something in Asia together.

How much time do you devote to artist management?
The booking business still takes up the largest part of my day, but gradually we're moving into the artist management business in Asia. We're getting ready to sign a major Asian pop star for first quarter 2008. We're hoping to carry over the principles and professionalism that we've here in the U.S. to a wide region in Asia, where no one has ever been formally trained on artist representation. They also don't have many books, resources or seminars where artists can learn about the business side of music - to get even a basic idea on how to protect themselves. There's too much unscrupulous activity going on in Asia, in particular in Korea where the pop music business equates to slavery. Across the board, artists are getting hurt, from indie to multi-platinum stars, but they can't fire their representation because it's the companies that own the stars' lives.

Walk through the process of booking an artist from China to the U.S, and an American artist to Asia
When we consider an artist from Asia to perform in the U.S., the markets are limited to casinos in Atlantic City, southern California and Las Vegas. This is the major problem in the Asian touring business in the U.S.: shows cannot survive outside of the casino environment. The problem started about a decade and a half ago when casinos got into the concert business. We used to see major Chinese concerts at Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre and Madison Square Garden in NYC. Gradually the casinos took over. They would lure the promoters to take the show to their property in a four-wall situation by guaranteeing tickets and waiving or handling expenses such as venue rental fees and hotel rooms, etc. Casinos would give out free tickets to all of their VIP guests. Then everything started becoming a free for all. I'm Chinese so I'm allowed to say this: the Chinese won't pay if they don't have to, and if you give tickets out for free - even just once - then expect to give it away for free forever. It was the start of a trend that would drive the business into the ground.

Other than casinos using these artists as promotional tools, there are no other Chinese concerts in America today. And on the flip side, Chinese artists price themselves in a way that only makes sense for them to do the shows at casinos. Unless they were willing to tour the real way, no one else with the exception of Chang Cheng Yue in Taiwan -- House of Blues promoted his "Kill Kitty" tour in 2004 -- is brave enough. So, when we book Asian artists in the U.S., we only look at the casino markets. Casinos are getting smarter about it, too. In the past they would write the money off as a marketing expense and make it all back on the casino floor. Nowadays they really try to make it back at the box office. It's not a spending spree anymore. The Asian concert business has died in the metropolitan cities but will never die in the casinos. I book Jenny Tseng at the casinos here, and in Atlantic City she is ranked #2 for all-time for artists who help the casinos win big on the casino floor after Frank Sinatra, who was #1.

Booking American artists in Asia requires us to be exceptionally knowledgeable about the kind of music that works in each country. It's not an exact science that can be described on paper, but when we look at an artist, we've a good gauge of where he or she is able to be booked in those countries.. For instance, West Coast rap works really well in Taiwan, pop will always beat out R&B in most countries and rock dominates in Beijing. Household names are what people want. China, Singapore and Malaysia are particularly sensitive about how the artists represent themselves - clothing and lyrics have to fit government guidelines and in China's case, it needs to be approved in advance. We tell artists to absolutely stay away from any public or media comments about politics, religion and the like while they are there. It doesn't take a whole lot to get banned.

Booking American artists in Asia is all about timing - usually the agents will want to piece together four or more shows in the Asia region to maximize the artists' time there and to justify the costs. In many ways it's a difficult territory to book because artists and managers usually go to Asia after all the other markets - U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia - have been taken care of, and Asia tends to be the afterthought, except Japan. Also, artists and their representatives need to be more mindful about the fees that they're asking for.

In our office we have a chart on the wall titled "Cost of Living Index," ranking the cost of living for every major international city. Talent fees, I believe, should be scaled to that index. This isn't about the currency exchange; it's about the relative cost of living. I can get a lengthy cab ride in Beijing for US $2 and a feast for $4 but that same money only gets me gum in Japan. The average middle-class household in China makes 5000RMB per month, which is about US $650. The way some of these shows are priced force concert tickets to be more than $100, making them unaffordable for the majority of people. But, if the artist doesn't want to perform there for a reduced fee, then I guess that's enough said.

Before the whole booking process begins, there's something that we do that not a whole lot of other U.S. middle agents do: I go to Asia many times a year specifically to meet and greet with the promoters or venue owners I'm working with, even before we start representing them - Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, etc. For instance, right now I'm booking myself a 14-day, seven-city business tour for August. In Asia it really does come down to relationships, the guanxi that you have with people that makes all the difference in the world. You can't cold call Asians like you can do here in the States. I'm Asian. I speak the native language, and I understand all the cultural nuances. I know how to talk to these promoters and know the troubles that they're facing. We'll take a year, two years, to get to know them. They appreciate that we take the time to understand their business and to help them grow. What they give us in return is their business, their friendship, as well as their loyalty.

First concert attended
Alan Tam at the Hong Kong Coliseum, 1985

First concert worked and year
Veronica Yip, Trump Marina Atlantic City, as associate producer, 1997

First industry job
Working for my dad who was a concert promoter. I was 16.

Career highlights
Building Parc Landon. Building the career of Johnny Hi-Fi, the artist that I manage. I just secured a mobile distribution deal with China's biggest, state-owned label CRC, where Johnny Hi-Fi's tracks will be downloadable by hundreds of millions of teens in China via mobile as well as preloading - new cell phones will come preloaded with his music. It took a self-funded $30,000 indie band tour plus subsequent solo trips to Beijing in order to make the deal happen.

Career disappointment
Career has been too short to name any disappointments.

Greatest challenge
Booking an Asian 80's pop diva to do a 2,500 capacity casino show in Southern California. The artist was trying to skimp on paying a production staff and brought only two handlers and a producer from hell. The artist never read the contract she signed and later asked for a bunch of extras that never existed on her rider. The impossible balance that I had to achieve was keeping both the artist and the casino happy. But in the end, the artist didn't like the way the casino didn't accommodate with her excess demands, and subsequently went on to trash the casino's name in front of the audience during the concert, leaving the casino executives seething. After the show, the artist demanded an all-day limousine to take her shopping on Rodeo Drive. The casino refused, and it was up to the casino agent--me--to foot the bill to make the artist happy. I got her the car service, and she took off with friends before the limo even arrived. The greatest challenge was trying to figure out whose side I was on: the artist's or the casinos. My ongoing challenge is to try to get back the casino as a repeat client, something that I'm still trying to accomplish.

Best business decision
Signing on my business partner Jay Jacobs. He is a 35-year veteran in the concert business, having been the SVP and head of Music at William Morris and ICM. His presence in the company has elevated the way Parc Landon does business. Shortly after his arrival, we changed all of our representation policies, making promoters jump through hoops to prove their credibility. It subsequently resulted in more offers than we have ever gotten then when I didn't enforce policies.

Best advice you received
From my mom: Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
From Jay Jacobs: Get everything in writing.

I've also learned to never sign an artist whose music you're not passion about or whom you don't believe in. When you're forced to work with an artist or music you don't believe in, every task seems like a dreadful uphill battle. It causes stress for yourself and lowers team morale when they don't share the belief either.

Most memorable industry experience
Three weeks ago, I walked into the offices of CAA - by far the most powerful agency in this universe - to meet and greet with the top international music agents we've been corresponding with on behalf of our clients. It took me half an hour to get upstairs: the office was in the midst of a fire drill and all the agents were standing outside on the terrace. There must have been a hundred people there.. That was when I had my first glance of what could be Parc Landon's future in Asia. In my mind, I was rehearsing what my partner Jay Jacobs instructed me to do. He advised me that these agents were all very busy people and may not have the luxury of time to sit down for lengthy discussions. He said all I needed was five minutes - don't even sit, he said - to say hi, how are you, thank you for the support, take care - then give them their chocolate and bid them goodbye.

When I finally got upstairs, I was greeted warmly by two agents, both of whom sat down with me for lengthy discussions about our offers. When I finally left CAA, I got all choked up and couldn't speak. I immediately realized that the meeting was a significant milestone for my 26-year old self and the company - to have been shown the respect that CAA has shown us, and to have stepped inside the offices of a company I greatly admire.

My meeting William Morris and ICM for the first time were equally memorable. Everyone has treated us like friends, with respect, and that is in no small part due to Jay for protecting his reputation all of his life and for teaching me to do the same.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
Most of them have an idea about what I do, but they don't know what I really do. Amongst industry friends, I like to move positions quietly and then come out with a big news explosion every so often. They would be surprised to learn that I do this on purpose.

Industry pet peeve
Liars and talkers that can't deliver that waste time.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...building a waterfront six-star resort, and my ultimate dream, and traveling the world.

Industry mentors
Jay Jacobs, my partner, and also my father, the eternal optimist and entrepreneur.

Anni can be reached at: 917-763-5088; e-mail: anni@parclandon.com

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Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
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
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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