Industry Profile: Jay Jacobs

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

In his 35 years as a successful music executive, veteran agent Jay Jacobs has seen his share of colorful industry changes. Today, the former head of music and vice president of the William Morris Agency (WMA--1961-91) and vice president of International Creative Management (ICM--1991-94) is head of music and president, Touring Division of Parc Landon, a music, sports and entertainment professional services firm that represents promoters and casinos from Asia and around the world, where he negotiates tours and corporate sponsorships. He is based in Palm Springs, Calif.

"Overwhelmingly our buyers are in the Asian market place," says Jay. "However, we're expanding every day and establishing relationships with buyers in Africa, Israel, Germany and Canada as well as in the United States. It's a real joy to reconnect with so many of my former friends and associates at the agency level as well as the major U.S. based promoters."

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jay began in the infamous William Morris mailroom in 1961 he moved to New York at age 19. "I was armed with perseverance, a keen eye and ear for talent and a lot of youthful exuberance," he reminisces. "I was plucked out of the mailroom and promoted to assistant agent under the supervision of two young agents -- Wally Amos--Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies--and Sherman Tankel - yes that's his real name. He discovered Bill Cosby, and Wally Amos discovered Simon & Garfunkel. Cosby was eventually taken under the wing of Norman Brokaw, the then head of TV for WMA in Beverly Hills. Norman got Bill his first TV series and all that followed." Brokaw later on became president of WMA.

Within a year, Jay's hard work, long hours and determination landed him a new West Coast band that was just breaking: The Beach Boys. At about the same time the British invasion was taking off, and Jay booked part of the first U.S. tour for the Rolling Stones, The Animals and other hit groups of the time.

Years later Jay put together the 1984 reunion tour of Crosby, Stills & Nash, which continued to tour for five more years, 1984-88. About the same time, he also co-represented and booked Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, and others.

Jay viewed packaging as critical, noting, "I always packaged, if possible, to maximize an artist's audience exposure and to all but guarantee a box office success. Putting The Temptations and The O'Jays together paid off big time in all the major outdoor summer venues as well as in hotels and casinos," he states. He did the same with Al Jarreau and George Benson, Miles Davis and Al Jarreau, and Ashford & Simpson and Teddy Pendergrass.

In April 1991, after 30 years with the William Morris Agency, Jay joined ICM accepting an offer, which he says, "I couldn't refuse." Within a month, the acts he repped at WMA followed -- Al Jarreau, George Benson, Joe Sample, Melissa Manchester, Michael Feinstein, The Temptations and David Sanborn.

"ICM did not deliver," he relates disappointingly. "Synergy among the agents and the various other departments that existed at William Morris didn't exist at ICM. Each agent was an agency unto himself and trying to get most of the agents there to book the clients I brought over was like pulling teeth." In April 1994, Jay was fired.

Pressing forward, Jay turned his knowledge and expertise to the most powerful media of all time - the Internet - believing he could start over again without working for a major talent agency "and all the internal distractions that go with it," he explains.

So in 2001, Jay went live with his online consulting business, talentagentadvisor.

"That's very stimulating and exciting. I felt strongly that I could guide and direct the careers of thousands by sharing my expertise on the Internet," he continues. "What an amazing wonderful time I live in. Being able to share my wealth of knowledge, my expertise to the world, seemed to be the next natural step in my professional evolution."

Jays describes the time spent between 1994 and 2001 was "my retired brain dead time. I was recovering from being fired for the first time in my life, and I spent much of my time trying to lose money in the stock market as a day trader. Actually, I made out pretty well. I also bought and sold a ranch in San Luis Obispo and a couple of other properties. Taking care of the real estate took up a good amount of my time."

In 2005, through his consulting business, he met Parc Landon founder Anni Lam, with whom he eventually formed a professional partnership when he joined the company in March 2007 as senior vice president.


Experience & Advice
Always get all offers in writing. Even the most trusted buyers who are friends make mistakes and conversations can be forgotten. The same applies to associates. You'd be amazed at how often conversations are misinterpreted and forgotten. Confirming everything in writing assures everyone protection.

How did you and Anni decide to form a partnership?
She found me on the net through my consulting business. After two years of getting to know each other, she invited me to join her firm as senior vice president. Because she's one of the hardest working, most talented people I've encountered in a very long time, and because I wanted to be a part of her growth process, I took her up on the offer. Since then I became president of the Touring Division, and I haven't enjoyed myself more in the last 20 years. I'm more energized and happier now than I ever was. She's a joy to work with, and the combination of my three-and-a-half decades of experience coupled with her youthful zeal and enthusiasm makes for a wonderful and rewarding relationship. Because she books all of the Asian markets, she starts her day at 9 a.m. Texas time, and works straight through until the following morning, not calling it a day until 3 or 4 a.m.. You can only do that when you're young, eager and extremely driven.

Is talentagentadvisor your consulting business site still active?
For all intents and purposes it's shut down with the exception of phone consultations. I made that decision shortly after I began to work with Anni. I wanted to devote all of my time to Anni and her company, Parc Landon.

Who are some of the artists you have attained corporate sponsorships for and what sponsors?
We've been focused on building our relationships with the agents and buyers and structuring our business to become one of the most reputable and viable talent bookers. We're just now able to focus our attention to other arenas such as corporate sponsorships, booking performing arts centers, casinos and establishing alliances with corporate booking agencies, TV and film production companies, etc., and are working on alliances and merging arrangements with two companies right now. We're a young company filled with determination, and even though we frequently put in 12, 14 and 18-hour days, it takes time. We're fortunate to have a great young support staff and a wonderful entertainment business attorney. We're adding new notches to our belt daily.

Why did you leave ICM?
I was fired! When I accepted ICM's offer -- an offer I couldn't refuse -- all of the clients I repped at WMA followed me over within a month. I delivered, but ICM didn't. With the exception of one or two agents, no one was booking them. No offers, no clients, and so they all left one by one and rightfully so. They were being booked quite well at WMA, and there was synergy among the agents and the various other departments. That didn't exist at ICM. Each agent was an agency unto himself and trying to get most of the agents there to book the clients I brought over was like pulling teeth. At WMA department meetings moved quickly, we covered what needed to be shared, and the agents went back to their offices and handled their respective tasks.

I could fly coast to coast in the time it took to finish a music meeting at ICM and hardly anything was ever accomplished. Even the food was awful! From my perspective, the problem was that ICM bought the Fred Lawrence Agency and its agents. I don't know what school Fred was from. He wasn't from the old school, and he sure as hell wasn't from the new school. He brought in three of his own agents, and their allegiance was to Fred as the head of the department. Consequently and unfortunately, they were programmed to book only Fred's clients and therein was the problem. Even after numerous meetings with Fred and Bill Elson, the over-all head of music, to try to correct the problem, it was futile and hardly anything changed. True to form, instead of making a concerted effort to change, alter or fix the problem, ICM just got rid of the agents after they lose all the clients, which occurred in the first place because of a fundamental flaw in the way the company was run. This has happened repeatedly and regularly over the years. After I was fired, ICM fired Fred Lawrence, Mort Viner, Bob Zeivers, Jon Podell and many others and later on hired the next team of soon to be fired personnel. I guess their philosophy is, if it's broken, leave it broken and just continue to replace.

Why could you not book your own artists at ICM thus preventing them from leaving?
Every agent was assigned a specific territory and certain buyers to cover. Consequently, we had to rely on each and every agent to deliver within their assigned territory. Unfortunately, and as I mentioned before, too many of the agents only booked certain acts that they were used to booking and that had strong ties to Fred Lawrence. It was practically impossible to have them bring my clients into the fold. There were one or two exceptions. Steve Levine, for example, is one of the best agents I've ever worked with. He'll book anyone at anytime, anywhere. He's an incredible dynamo, and the phones would have to be surgically removed from his head to have him stop. He's one of the premier agents in the business.

How is the industry landscape different now from when you were at WMA and ICM?
I'm enjoying a wonderful sense of freedom. For the first time in my career I don't have to answer to half a dozen bosses. Our decision making process is immediate and that feels wonderful. As I haven't been with a major agency for several years now, I can't really tell you what differences exist from a decade ago. But from what I can tell by talking to many former associates and friends at practically every major agency in New York and Los Angeles, the landscape appears to be more corporate, run more efficiently and much less cronyism. It's not so much who likes you as much as how many dollars you bring into the agency coffer. More competition has made everyone work harder and consequently, everyone works harder and the artist benefits.

Having spent my entire adult life working inside the box, this is a refreshing change. My perspective is clearer, my goals can be realized more quickly and everything is streamlined. No more approvals to get a new chair or a box of pencils or to have some corporate attorney go through my phone bills. I don't have to concern myself about associates eager to gain brownie points by being nasty and having to defend myself from the everyday slings and arrows coming at me from all directions. I've the stab wounds in my back to remind me of how refreshing it's to be on the outside for the first time in my life. My only regret is that it took so long to get here.

What has been most disappointing for you in the music industry in the past couple of years?
I may get shot for saying this, but seeing SFX/Clear Channel Entertainment buy out practically every major promoter in practically every major market is very disheartening. As we all know, they can make one offer on one act and control that artist's worldwide touring and knock out any possibility of anyone else buying a date. They also control the flow of tickets. There ought to be a law. Ha!

I've known the Delseners, the Jams and the Contemporarys from the day they opened their doors when the paint was still wet on their walls. To see them now as nothing more than employees of a monolithic monopoly is very sad. That's just one example in one industry that was allowed to hatch, thrive and prosper under the Bush administration, the most corrupt, arrogant and mean spirited administration led by the most ignorant and illiterate president in this country's history.

What overall industry changes do you view as positive? Negative?
The negative is easy. That crown belongs to the entertainment industry's goliath, Live Nation. I suppose, in a strange kind of way, it can also be viewed as positive because the agent can book a tour with one call instead of negotiating deals with 30 different promoters. One call, one contract, one confirmation, and you can book a nationwide tour and call it a day. Same goes for foreign. However, I don't see LN picking up dates on acts the agencies need help with. On a down note, no pun intended, the recording industry is in as bad a shape as it has ever been. The only way it can survive is to consolidate, merge and develop new cutting edge technology and only available through the labels, i.e., 3-D sound.

First concert attended
Music was everything to me; it still is. As a teenager I bought practically every new 45 rpm single that charted and blasted them so loud that my mother and grandmother insisted I move my record player to the garage and listen there. The first concert I attended as a non-pro was at a drive-in, in northeast Philadelphia in 1959: Lou Christie, Johnny Tillitson, The Shirelles, Brian Hyland, etc.

First concert worked
I was hired by the William Morris Agency on Dec. 3, 1961, a date I will never forget. I was assigned to the desk of the head of the newly formed Music Department. Roz Ross was hired away from General Artists Corporation. I shared one desk with Roz Ross's secretary, Esther Sulcov. Roz was brilliant and an unbelievable work horse. She repped Sam Cooke, Dick Clark, Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, Brian Hyland, The Supremes, Johnny Tillotson, Lou Christie, The Drifters and countless other newcomers. She created the first music package, The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars. I covered this show in 1962 at the Teaneck, N.J. Armory as an assistant agent

First industry job
1961 - Secretary to Wally Amos, Larry Spellman and Sherman Tankel at William Morris in NYC. Sherman signed Bill Cosby to the agency. Wally Amos of Famous Amos Chocolate Chip cookies fame, made the first in roads with Motown and all their artists. I worked for all three new agents simultaneously: typed their memos, Western Union wires--no Internet back then--typed up all their play date contracts, answered their phones, got their coffee and did just about everything but shine their shoes. I don't know how I pulled it off, but the powers that be took notice, and I was promoted to full agent status within a year.

Career highlights
Being promoted to full agent status in 1962; meeting Dick Clark for the first time; booking Diana Ross into the world renowned Palace Theatre in New York for four weeks with James Nederlander, Sr. in 1978; signing my first big act in 1964, The Lettermen; flying to L.A. and meeting my WMA west coast associates in 1965; meeting and becoming friends with Albert Grossman, the manager for Peter, Paul and Mary, Janice Joplin, Bob Dylan, Odetta, Todd Rundgren, who I later went on to represent, and staying at Al's retreat in Bearsville, N.Y. ; and receiving my WMA Tiffany gold watch after 25 years with the company in 1986.

Career disappointment
Losing the representation of clients and being let go from ICM.

Greatest challenge
Gaining the trust of my buyers and being an agent every day for 35 years.

Best business decisions
Joining WMA in 1961 and transferring to WMA's Beverly Hills office in 1979, and partnering with Anni Lam who founded Parc Landon and joining her company in 2007 as senior vice president. Anni is one of the most dynamic, talented, high energy, driven persons I've ever met. She has all the qualities that I respect and admire, including a very high degree of integrity, a keen sense of honesty, fair play and never-ending energy.

Best advice you received
Put everything in writing and get a deposit.

Most memorable industry experiences
Seeing the Concert for Banglaladesh starring George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Bob Dylan, etc., at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 1, 1971. It was pouring cats and dogs, and we had to park a half a mile away. We sat in our seats soaking wet and mesmerized. That was the greatest concert I ever saw; Booking Diana Ross into the Palace Theatre in NYC for four weeks to an SRO house every performance and the same with Ashford & Simpson. Jimmy Nederlander took a chance on my strong recommendation and it paid off for all concerned.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I'm still going strong after all these many years in the entertainment industry and feeling like a 25-year-old.

Industry pet peeve
Hype and BS.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
…without a soul and bored beyond belief.

Greatest Influence on wanting to be in show business
Television and my mother. As a little kid she would take me to see all the pre-Broadway shows previewing in Philadelphia, my home town. I'll never forget every show she took me to. I can still recall the smell of the theatre--the perfume, the paint, the grease paint. I was fascinated at how the deep red gold tasseled theatre curtain rose up and out of sight. I was in awe at how the sets, the scenery moved up, down, spun around and slid off into the wings. The lights fascinated me. When the overture began, played by 26 live musicians, it sent chills up and down my spine. It left an indelible impression, and I was hooked. Some of the young readers will be amazed at how old I must be to remember life before TV. We were one of the first families on our block to get one. I used to get up at 5 a.m. and watch the test pattern before the broadcast day started. In fact, I moved to NY to be in theatre. I learned to sing, dance and act when I was a teenager in Philly.

I knew I wasn't meant to be in front of the footlights after I auditioned for Bye Bye Birdie on the stage of the Shubert theatre on West 44th Street in N.Y. After my audition song, I left the stage and threw up in Shubert Alley. The next day I filled out an application for employment at WMA and was hired three weeks later.

Industry mentors
Nat Kalcheim -- one of the old wise men and first generation WMA executives who taught me about integrity, honesty and being fair, honesty to everyone; Nat Lefkowitz -- president of WMA in the 70's who took me under his wing and was supportive to me and David Geffen; Albert Grossman -- a gentleman and a mega manager -- Dylan, Joplin, PP&M, etc.; Jimmy Nederlander, Sr. for his good advice and support.; and Pat Rains - manager of Al Jarreau, Dave Sanborn, etc. for being there when I needed him. I worked for Pat and his clients for over 25 years, longer than any other manager in the business.

Jay can be reached at: 760-834-9395; e-mail: jayparclandon@dc.rr.com

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Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
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
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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