Industry Profile: Jeff Bowen

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

In his 37-year industry career, Jeff Bowen, who took over as president of the new Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., last June, has had a lifetime of management and performance experience in live theatre, business theatre, radio, television, film and venue entertainment.

As the son of performers, Jeff entered the family's entertainment business in June 1951 when he became the Sealtest Milk Baby. The Jarman Shoe Kid spot followed. He then appeared in popular TV shows such as "Sky King," "Leave it To Beaver," "Buffalo Bob," "The Donna Reed Show," "Hawaii 5-0," "Barnaby Jones" and others.

Fast forward to 1967-1970 when Jeff left East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., after studies toward a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He further honed his skills at the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Richmond, Va., where he picked up his FCC Broadcast 1st Class Engineer License in 1971. During these educational periods Jeff held various positions within the radio industry from 1969-86 in Hawaii, North Carolina and Illinois, including announcer, producer, special events director, operations manager and assistant program director.

During this time, Jeff started his own marketing, promotional and community relations company. Formed in April 1971 in Greensboro, N.C., The Bowen Group offered management of business development, marketing, and media relations with specific emphasis on local business and community growth and positioning, concert promotion, special event production, talent booking, artist management, advertising, marketing and sponsorship acquisition, public and media relations. Additional services offered included: facility management, full-scale event production, and community relations. The city of Greensboro, N.C., was among his clients.

From March 1994 to January 1998, Jeff became assistant director of the city owned LJVM Coliseum Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., that housed a 15,000 seat arena, a 4,400 seat annex arena, two 30,000 square-foot exhibition halls, a AAA minor league baseball stadium, Winston Salem State University's Bowman Gray Stadium and a quarter mile Winston Racing track that surrounded the football field within Bowman Gray Stadium.

"This position, and Bucky Dame its director, gave me priceless experience in managing/booking multiple venues and staffs while maintaining municipal budgets and daily reports to various top-level elected and appointed City officials and reports to a community-based Coliseum Commission, which served as an advisory board," says Jeff.

"This facility complex is also directly associated with two universities," he continues. "Wake Forest University utilized the main arena for its basketball program and actually owned the luxury suites in the arena, while Winston-Salem State University used Bowman Gray Stadium for its football program. This unique association gave me tremendous experience in negotiating equitable and positive relationships with the private and state owned universities, municipal leaders, and community needs. I became quite adept in political correctness when dealing with the resident tenants' needs and the desires of the private sector's desire for quality entertainment."

Some of Jeff's accomplishments during his tenure with the complex included the launch of Elton John's Big Picture World Tour in 1997, negotiated agreements for three minor league sports teams, awarded consecutive Facilities Magazine Prime Site Awards (1995-1997), awarded NCAA Men's Regional Tournament games, and increased bookings and usage days dramatically against same market competition from another facility.

Jeff left the complex and the city in January 1998 to become vice president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment in Indianapolis. There, he was responsible for new business development and contract negotiations for events held at the new Conseco Fieldhouse, a 20,000-seat arena managed by Pacers Basketball Corp., where he participated in the design and construction of the new facility. Key accomplishments included creating and designing "The Theatre at Conseco Fieldhouse," a 6,718 intimate performance space within the arena.

In June 2007, Jeff became president of Sears Centre Arena, where he is responsible for management and day-to-day operations, including new business development and bookings.

As an open building, Sears Centre Arena promotes, co-promotes and rents. "We do everything," says Jeff.Some of the promoters who use the building include JAM Productions, Live Nation, Red Mountain, AEG Live, Disson Skating and various family show and sports producers.

Among the artists that have played Sears Centre Arena, or will be playing there this year, are Matchbox Twenty, Billy Joel (twice), The Killers, The Who, Kid Rock, Winter Bash with Sawyer Brown, Hank Williams Jr. / Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rod Stewart, Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam, and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Sporting events include: FIVB World League Volleyball USA vs. Bulgaria, Chicago Sky (WNBA), Chicago Storm (MISL), Chicago Shamrox (NLL), Chicago Slaughter (CIFL), Chicago Invitational (NCAA Basketball), Professional Bull Riding, Arena Cross, Monster Trucks Nationals and TNA Wrestling, among many others.


Experience & Advice
No matter how good it sounds, don't let anyone talk you into doing a show because you love the act or the music. Decide for yourself if it makes sense, and don't be afraid to say no. When I was young and innocent and eager, I said yes more times than I should have. One time I was partnering a beach music festival at a baseball stadium that failed to sell enough tickets to pay the bands let alone the expenses to promote and produce the show. My partner in the venture had absolutely no money at all and kept begging me to help him out, pay off the bands, and he would make it up to me. I paid the freight on the show, and never saw my partner again, let alone pay back on the money. It's a wonderful thing when you can book an act that you love as a fan and make money in the process, but it doesn't always happen that way. You have to do business with your heart and head. And you have to say no along the way.

What are the challenges in opening a new venue?
Scheduling. You've got to coordinate construction, and ultimately the final approvals that you have, and a product to open the venue with. When I was working for the Pacers, we opened Conseco Fieldhouse on Nov. 6, 1999. I was trying to book acts into the building the summer of '99 without the certainty that the construction would be completed, what the final seating capacity would be, etc. The opening team here at Sears Centre Arena had an equally difficult task in that shows don't just wait around in Chicago. Conseco Fieldhouse didn't have any competition, but here there's a theatre on every corner and several other arenas fighting for every show.

Were you pleased with the venue's inaugural year?
I didn't actually start my tenure at SCA until June 2007, so the building had been open for about seven months. I think everyone would agree that the first year was rocky and didn't go as planned. You can't open a venue in a major market and get the same kind of honeymoon effect that you can when you're the only game in town. I inherited the building mid-year of its first year and immediately went to work to increase bookings, and bring the staffing up to speed.

In Chicago's competitive arena market, where do you see the Sears Centre fitting in?
SCA sits on what is affectionately called "the edge." This means we're on the edge of Chicago and the edge of the prairie. Located in Hoffman Estates in the northwest suburbs, we've the unique ability to attract from the City and the rapidly growing Fox River Valley. There are approximately 2 million residents from every walk of life living along "the edge." This venue is the right size and in the right place to serve Chicagoland better than any other venue in the market. We also have the best acoustics of any arena I've ever been associated with. The artists that play here notice it, and they appreciate the building and our staff. They're quick to tell me they want to come back.

How has your previous position prepared you for you for this job?
I've always prided myself on my relationships. I don't try to be a promoter or a talent buyer or an agent or a manager. I'm just a guy that has spent his entire life in the entertainment business and am still willing to listen and work with all those different professionals. Also, in this business you have to be the best negotiator you can possibly be. You have to know what everyone in every area of the business wants out of the gig. Believe it or not, it isn't always just about the ticket sales, and, of course, more than not the guy with the most coin wins the day.

How do you feel about the secondary ticket market?
I hate the people that exploit the artist, fans and anyone else associated with the industry. They're the lowest scum of the business. There will always be a secondary market of some kind, and there are ways that the secondary ticket can be managed without raping the artist or promoter. What really drives me over the edge is once a show is announced, it's already on sale on some broker's / scalper's website. Tickets are being sold for seats that don't even exist and for prices that are several times increased over the projected face value. These guys take advantage of everyone they can to get ahead of the buying public and grab the cash. Prime example being, my website for SCA is searscentre.com. We can't even use searscentrearena.com because that domain is owned by a broker. The secondary ticket market is rapidly becoming the primary ticket market when you think about how many tickets are being moved before the artist can even put his show on-sale. And do you think those pirates are sharing that revenue with the artist, promoter or venue? Hell no. Don't get me started.

How many events do you anticipate this year?
Right now I'm looking at somewhere around 100 events and growing for this year, and the way bookings are already developing for 2009, I'll need a new pair of sunglasses. Last year was considerably less.

Are you a "green" facility?
We're just now beginning to develop our "green" philosophy. I and my owners, Ryan Development Company / Sears Holdings, are strong proponents of "green" facilities. We will be doing all we can to get there this year.

What are some of the more compelling trends you have seen in the venue management industry in recent years?
Over the past several years venues have been trying to find cohesive ways to bring in the business. Back in the day I was a member of MAMA, which was a group of major market venue managers meeting together to discuss the latest issues and find ways to increase business. It wasn't until ArenaNetwork came along that venue managers actually formed a promotional business. That model was started by John Meglen and Paul Gongaware with Concerts West / AEG Live, and I was one of the original members. Today the member buildings are producing some very exciting products that fill their venues and move into other markets.

Take a look at what "Walking with Dinosaurs" did in 2007. That show was produced by ArenaNetwork and on average grossed a million dollars per run. Now there are at least three or four other organizations trying to duplicate or improve on the formula that AN started, looking at stadiums and trying to promote for the NFL and NBA folks. It grows out of necessity. Building managers have responsibilities to their sponsors, partners, luxury seat clients on and on just like promoters do that own sheds. If a building isn't getting the lion share of the bookings, they've become savvy enough to find alternative ways to increase those bookings. God help the guy that still sits around his office waiting for the phone to ring.

The most exciting trend is related to sponsorships. We perfected it in Conseco Fieldhouse. More and more venues are beginning to look at more creative ways for their sponsors to tell their story. It isn't enough now to just sell some guy a sign on the concourse. You need to find ways for the sponsor to be a part of the entertainment at the venue. If you don't stop customers in their tracks as they walk around your venue, then you aren't doing your sponsors justice. Let the sponsors and partners create and entertain, and you will see increased participation from them. The venue plays as important a part in return business as the artist does. If your favorite artist is Elton John and you pay a lot to come to a venue to see him, will you come back to that same venue if you have a bad experience. Will you return if there was a problem with parking, the beer is warm, the seats are dirty and the restroom is a nightmare? But, will you come back to that venue for other shows, if it's exciting, entertaining and sets the mood for the evening? I think so.

First concert attended
I started attending school dances / concerts in high school listening to what we called "Beach Music" in North Carolina and throughout the southeastern U.S. I even played drums and keyboard in my own band, The Esquires' Soul Review, for a while. My first major concert with international talent would have to have been Steppenwolf / Donovan / Dylan in 1969 or 1970 at the old Atlanta Auditorium.

First concert worked
I was an associate promoter for The Atlantic City Steel Pier Big Band Tour, which meant I did whatever the real promoter told me to do, such as paste up flyers, do radio interviews, sell tickets, mop the stage. This act was owned by George A. Hamid, Jr. We toured the country for a couple of months one year in the mid-70's with a wonderful big jazz band playing music from the Big Band Era. There were screens on either side of the orchestra showing photos of the famous dance clubs and bands like the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Glen Miller Band. I love that era of music and really enjoyed the opportunity to get my feet wet in producing concerts with a showman like George. Now that was a showbiz family. George inherited the family circus from his father, George Sr. who came to America in 1907 with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. George Jr. also produced fairs, festivals, and I believe the circus is still out there somewhere. I received a real education from him.

First industry job
This is going back waaaaaaaaaay too far, but my parents were vaudevillians who traveled around the South performing, singing, doing comedy, and my father did a little preaching. After 16 years of marriage I came along. I was a real showbiz kid. They used to say children born to vaudevillians were born in a trunk backstage. I was one of those kids, and a major accident/surprise for my parents. They left the business and literally turned it over to me at age two. I was the Sealtest Milk Baby and Jarmen Shoe kid, then moved into television / stage acting throughout my youth and into young adulthood. I got into music by learning to play the piano. My grandmother gave me a piano for my ninth birthday, and then I started playing drums in garage bands until we started the Esquires in 1967. After that I began producing / promoting radio shows in the mid-70s throughout the Southeast.

Career highlights
Operations director for New Kids On The Block and Jimmy Buffett stadium tours in the early 90s; marketing director for the first arena tour of Cats The Musical in 1992; working with Wilson Howard to launch Sir Elton John's Big Picture Tour in 1997; and working for Pacers Sports & Entertainment to build Conseco Fieldhouse, long considered the best sports entertainment arena in the country.

Career disappointment
I sold out my share of a production company, Special Event Services in Winston-Salem, N.C. in the early 1990's as part of my company The Bowen Group. Long story, but I would have loved to have been a part of the success that that company became. SES produces sound, lighting, staging and A/V for some of the best performers in the business now. They were the original lighting company for Hootie & The Blowfish and have worked for the best of the best.

Greatest challenge
Understanding how the ticket buying public thinks.

Best business decision
I sold out my share of Special Event Services, which led me into an entirely different direction in my career. Is that a showbiz paradox?

Best advice you received
Jack Boyle noticed I was really stressed at CIC in Hollywood years ago, so he pulled me aside and said, "No matter what you do and where you go in this business, never forget that your family is the most important thing of all."

Most memorable industry experience
I was standing stage right at LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. with Howard Rose on opening night of Elton's Big Picture Tour in 1997, and the house was sold-out with absolutely rabid Elton fans screaming and clapping until their hands were nearly raw. Howard turned to me and smiled--you don't always see Howard smile--and said, "This is how it's supposed to be. This is what it's all about!"

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
Despite my years as a performer, my good looks, my outer shell of utter confidence and suave sophisticated style, I'm really a rather shy kind of guy. Did I just say that out loud?

Industry pet peeve
Unreturned phone calls / emails. I hate being pressured into deals, clearing dates for holds and delivering everything asked for only to read I didn't get the date in the trades. Just do me the courtesy of a quick phone call / email even if it's to say get lost.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be
sitting on a warm front porch in Beaufort, N.C. with a gin and tonic in my hand reading a romantic novel by a Southern writer. Yeah, I said it, romantic novel. I 've my soft side too.

Industry mentors
Alex Hodges, Mike McGee, George A. Hamid, Jr.

Jeff can be reached at: (847) 649-2201; e-mail: jeff.bowen@searscentre.com

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Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Jason Zink, Emporium Presents 10/19/17
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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