Industry Profile: Lisa Reiss

— by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Lisa Reiss is the founder/president of Pearl Productions, a 13-year-old company that started with a focus on sponsorship opportunities for venues, events and artists such as the Maui Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes and the Magic School Bus touring company but quickly branched out to assist not-for-profit venues with their programming needs.

Pearl Productions has overseen 50+ events including America, Air Supply, Bernadette Peters, the Bacon Brothers, Steven Wright, Tower of Power, Little Feat, B.B. King, ELOII, Lewis Black, Medeski, Martin & Wood and many others at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, N.Y., the Patchoque Performing Arts Center in Patchoque, Long Island and the Charles Ives Center for the Arts (Ives Concert Park) in Danbury, Conn., among others.

"Usually my client is the venue," Lisa says. "They come to me with their calendar, their budget and their wish list. I come to them with research on local demographics, including competition in their market. I negotiate the deal and the date, review the contracts and offer advice on marketing, promotions, etc. I take a personal interest in every show I book. Personally I love the older theaters. The refurbished vaudeville houses and remodeled movie theaters have such a beautiful ambiance that coupled with the right talent, magic can happen. I enjoy being a part of that formula."

Lisa's music career began while a student at Pennsylvania State University where she worked on the University Concert Committee with acts like Genesis, The Jerry Garcia Band and Graham Nash. She also worked as a disc jockey at WGMR in State College, Pa. and booked bands for local bars and restaurants as well as working as a clerk in the town's local record store.

After graduating with a degree in Speech Communication/Broadcast Option, Lisa officially began her career in the music industry as an assistant to Mark Rothbaum & Associates, Inc., management for Willie Nelson, Miles Davis, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne and Emmylou Harris. Her responsibilities ranged from overseeing the Willie Nelson Fan Club to managing Willie Nelson Music Publishing to contract review and itinerary planning for the company's diversified roster of artists.

Lisa left her position after 13 years to become the executive director of The Charles Ives Center of the Arts, now the Ives Concert Park, a 5,500-seat venue located on Western Connecticut State University's Westside campus in Danbury, Conn. She streamlined their programming efforts by bringing in larger shows like Kenny Loggins and Traffic as well as producing the first Duracell Jazz Festival, a two-day event modeled after the Newport Jazz Festival with George Benson, Dave Brubeck, the Rippingtons and others. Lisa also upgraded basic elements on-site such as the electrical service and the backstage area to make the venue more competitive for larger shows.

Today Lisa makes her home in Connecticut with her two daughters and continues both her programming and sponsorship work through Pearl Productions. She has become an industry asset to the not-for-profit sector, receiving most of her leads from other industry people. Lisa assists her non-industry clients to understand the inner workings of the concert business, guides them through the process and enjoys celebrating with them as their productions become reality.


Experience & Advice
If you're running an outdoor venue where the seats aren't covered, and you don't have rain insurance, you might as well go home!

What is the difference you have found in booking not-for-profit concert vs. a regular show?
Many not-for-profit organizations don't have a lot of prior experience in negotiating contracts, booking talent or presenting concerts. They're made up of volunteers. Some agencies shy away from not-for-profit venues and benefit concerts because there is no industry person involved. I help to bridge that gap. I have the industry experience, which I use to both book the show and guide the venue. It's a win-win situation.

What have you done in the sponsorship world?
My first experience was while working at Mark Rothbaum & Associates, Inc. Willie Nelson was often approached by companies to endorse their products. When I went to work at the Ives Center, I realized a venue could offer the same appeal as an artist when packaged correctly. That was in the early days of sponsorship coordination, and there were very few guidelines, but there was a value for the sponsors' name being assigned to t-shirts, advertisements, banners and ticket faces even though it didn't cost the venue anything to offer these marketing tools. Add sampling and give-aways to the mix, and I learned how to create successful sponsorship packages.

One of my most successful sponsorship ventures was the Duracell Jazz Festival. By offering Duracell early entrance to the park and hosting their annual company picnic before the festival actually started, Duracell was able to allocate the funds that had been used for their annual summer outing to create their own jazz festival - one that they "owned" no matter where it was presented.

Do you miss managing?
Yes. Managing an artist gives you a unique first-person perspective, but it also limits your vision. I needed to broaden my horizons and explore other challenges in the music industry. I was most interested in what brings people to see an artist than I was in why an artist wants to live on the road.

What did you learn from managing that you brought to the Ives?
After working first-hand with Willie Nelson, I came to appreciate what an artist looks for when deciding whether or not to appear at a venue. It's not always just about the artist guarantee. This is their work space and, first and foremost, they need the venue's respect. If you design a venue experience - not just for the audience, but for the artist as well - that artist will give you a 150% and tell other artists about your venue. Artists have their own network just like any other segment of the industry.

How do you feel about the secondary ticket market?
I hate it. As a consumer I suffer the same "I can't get a good ticket without spending a fortune" syndrome. As a talent buyer, I hear from the patrons at shows how hard it is to get a good seat without paying an outside broker. Unfortunately, the secondary ticket market is inevitable. I'd like to see more regulations controlling the resale of tickets by the secondary market.

Do you use MySpace.com as a marketing tool?
Not really. Most of the shows I buy are targeted at an older demographic who aren't regular users of MySpace. Many of them only know about MySpace or how to use it, if they have children or someone sends them a link to the site.

Overall, how effective is MySpace to market events?
There's still a large consumer base that prefers their information in print or by email. If you were booking a band like Dashboard Confessional, then by all means use MySpace, but if you're bringing in America, stick with mailers, fan blogs and websites.

First concert attended
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio. It was sometime in the late 60's. My family went to the fair just so my father could see that show. Me? I loved the throngs of people packed into the grandstand. I could barely see the stage but the sound of the music drifting up and over the audience left a wonderful impression on me.

Years later, as a teenager in Morgantown, W.Va., my friend's dad worked for West Virginia University's Coliseum, and we went to one concert after another: Grand Funk Railroad, Isaac Hayes, Seals & Crofts, the Carpenters, America, a road show of Tommy, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Todd Rundgren & Utopia and many more. Often, we'd sneak in before the shows to watch the load-in and sound check. I was drawn to the inner workings of the industry and fascinated at the transformation from college gym to concert venue.

First concert worked
I joined the University Concert Committee at Penn State in 1977 and worked both backstage and as an usher at many of the major shows. The three that really stand out are Genesis; Graham Nash with Leah Kunkel, Mama Cass' sister, opening for Graham; and the Grateful Dead. My first encounter with Dead Heads was a little nerve racking but meeting Jerry Garcia over barbeque backstage was fascinating.

First industry job
After a year of booking bands in local clubs, deejaying at a country western radio station and filling racks at a record store, I went to work as an administrative assistant for Mark Rothbaum & Associates, Inc. MRAI represented Miles Davis, Willie Nelson and a host of others including Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Shelby Lynne. I was there for almost 14 years. I started as an assistant and learned the artist side of the industry from the ground up. I worked on everything from sending out press kits, reviewing contracts, typing itineraries and managing Willie's Fan Club to administrating Willie Nelson Music Company and arranging guest passes at our shows. I was there at Miles Davis' comeback concert at Avery Fischer Hall in New York City. It was a different job every day, and I loved it.

Career highlights
I left MRAI to become the executive director of the Charles Ives Center for the Arts on the West Side campus of Western Connecticut State University. It was the job of a lifetime someone handing me a theater and asking me to make it work. I brought both the venue and the programming to a new level. My second year there I created the two day Duracell Jazz Festival with the help of George Wein of Festival Productions, which indirectly led to the creation of Pearl Productions, my company of 13 years.

Career disappointment
Most recently, it was presenting the New Cars in Peekskill, N.Y. The show was part of their Road Rage tour, and while it was one of the best rock and roll shows I'd ever seen on a PAC stage, ticket sales never got off the ground and the show tanked. At one point management actually offered us a price tag of $20,000 to cancel the show. I was astonished. I'd never heard of paying someone not to show up. While other venues decided to take the offer to cancel their shows, we stood our ground with the promise from management of a possible refund after the tour ended. Meanwhile, when the canceled shows were pulled from the New Cars website, ours accidentally went with them causing panic among our ticket buyers and causing us to lose any possible ticket sales from the nearby canceled shows. As a result, our ticket sales came to a grinding halt, and in the end, the theater lost $18,000. Our pleas to management fell on deaf ears. It was a terrible hit for a not-for-profit to take and, in all my years in the music industry, I'd never seen a management team so mismanage a situation. Even today when I see announcements for New Cars dates, my stomach does a flip.

Greatest challenge
Staying up to date with today's music and the technology that drives it. My two teenagers have shown me things I never knew existed. They've access to more choices with a keystroke or a click of a mouse and they don't have to buy a CD or wait for a concert. They've instant music gratification. Just once I'd like to present a show that my daughters and their friends would be excited about. Now that's a challenge!

Best business decision
Starting Pearl Productions. I found my own niche working with smaller venues and not-for-profit theaters and groups.

Best advice you received
The day I started at MRAI, the office manager told me to keep my mouth shut and my ears open, and I just might learn something. I learned a lot; David "Mom" Burbank told me to find the person at every event that had a clue and stick with that person no matter their title. I use that advice everyday; My lawyer told me never to make a business decision at night; Winston Churchill said, "If you're going through hell, keep going!";
but the best advice I ever received was from my parents who told me while I was still in college, "Don't let any one tell you can't." Most memorable industry experience
Going to the Grammy's in 1990 - before it became a big arena show. That was the year Bonnie Raitt won for "Nick of Time," and I realized I was part of something bigger than I had imagined.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
I always wanted to learn to play the drums. I can't sing, but I can find the beat.

Industry pet peeve
The rising cost of artist fees and the lack of reasonably priced tickets for good seats at the big shows.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...teaching. I'd like to teach a course on the music industry -- the stuff you can't learn from a textbook. Or write a book about it.

Industry mentors
Glenn Kidder: the first artist I worked with for telling me to do what I love;
Mark Rothbaum: Willie Nelson and Miles Davis' manager for teaching me how to do it;
Beau Siegel: formerly of Oakdale Theater for inspiring me with his work ethic;
Joe Brauner: talent agent for giving me direction;
David Burbank: road warrior for teaching me to have faith in myself; and not to mention the countless artists I've had the pleasure to meet and work with: their gift gives me endless energy.

Lisa can be reached at: 203-740-8775 (office) or 914-656-6064 (cell); e-mail: pearlw1@juno.com

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Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
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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
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
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
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
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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