Industry Profile: Sandra L. Gibson

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Sandra L. Gibson

By Larry LeBlanc

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is a national service and advocacy organization in the U.S. that represents more than 7,000 nonprofit and for-profit presenting organizations across the country. It has nearly 2,000 members worldwide.

For nearly 50 years, the APAP, based in Washington D.C, has been committed to increasing community participation, promoting global cultural exchange and fostering an environment for the performing arts to thrive.

Its members range from large performing arts centers in major cities, outdoor festivals and rural community-focused organizations to academic institutions, as well as artists and artist managers in all forms of dance, music and theater.

Almost two-thirds of the organizations have budgets of less than $1.5 million.

APAP annually hosts the "APAP Conference NYC," the world's leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts. This year's conference held Jan. 9-13, 2009, attracted 4,000 attendees.

Sandra L. Gibson was appointed president and CEO of the APAP in 2000. She immediately recognized the need for an assessment of the performing arts presenting field. The following year, the APAP joined with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to sponsor the first nationwide survey of the performing arts field.

The results of that assessment culminated in a position paper titled "Toward Cultural Interdependence" in 2002 that rallied the management of performing arts organizations and institutions in the U.S. to take up leadership roles in their communities, and to recognize the role of arts in American life.

Prior to coming to the APAP, Gibson served as Executive Vice President and COO at the Americans for the Arts, the national organization that supports the arts and culture through private and public resource development.

Gibson's roots are based in the West Indies, and she was raised in Painesville, Ohio.

Her formal arts education began at Wittenberg University where her passion for music led her to pursue a B.M.E. in Music Education/Instrumental Music Performance. Gibson later received a master's degree in Historical Musicology from Northwestern University in Chicago and she completed doctoral work at UCLA.

Gibson's experience in arts presenting and cultural programming began with the American Film Institute (AFI) where, between 1984-89, she held a number of senior level programming and operational positions, including running the Independent Filmmaker and Distribution Program.

Her appointment in 1990 as Executive Director of the Public Corporation for the Arts for the Long Beach Arts Council in Long Beach, California led her to work closely with the local arts community for several years.

Gibson heads the APAP at a time when many American cultural institutions are slashing their budgets in the face of a weak economy and government funding cuts. Many are canceling or postponing programs or are planning to lay off employees or have a hiring freeze in place.

During the presidential election campaign, Barack Obama talked up the arts, arts education and using artist exchanges to promote cultural diplomacy globally. Among the proposals put forth were creating an artists' corps to teach in low-income schools; streamlining the visa process for visiting artists; and more money for the National Endowment for the Arts, the independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations bringing the arts to Americans.

Last summer, a group of 16 leading American national arts umbrella organizations, including the APAP, banded together to ensure that arts issues would get attention under a new administration.

Their document, completed in November, 2008 notes that the federal policy towards the arts has been fragmented and calls for a holistic approach.

This was a crucial year for the APAP conference. We are now seeing the tough economic times hitting arts and cultural organizations, spurring cutbacks and new fund-raising efforts.

Every industry is impacted but we certainly feel the effect. My colleagues and I across the American arts community are all trying to get a picture of what is happening with our field. We don't have a clear picture yet. The story is evolving.

During tough economic times, the one thing that tends to be dropped by governments is their support of the arts.

Definitely, we are already seeing state and local governments pulling back. The federal government is on continual resolution. We don't know if the federal government will get its '09 budget before '09 (year end) ends on Sept. 30th.

President Obama had a brief but strong voting record on arts issues as a senator and his election platform calls more arts in schools. But we are still waiting to see what his administration's arts program will be. Are you optimistic?

I am very optimistic. We have a President who made arts and culture part of his (election) platform. He believes in the arts and in cultural diplomacy which we haven't seen in eight years. This is a person who is a holistic being and a holistic thinker about our connection and place in the world. (With him) it isn't about the U.S. and others. It is about the U.S. in with others in the world.

We are not going to achieve everything we want but the thing we really want to achieve is to be at the table for the conversation. To open up the debate with the public, and see if we can reset the climate for conversations where the arts are part of the agenda--which we never really have been.

There was considerable discussion about opportunities and challenges for the arts at your conference. This is an ongoing challenge for the community.

It is ongoing. We have put together an economic stimulus paper. My government affairs staff was on the Hill last week with the arts' caucus co-chairs, Republican and Democrat, laying out a 9-point plan that includes a $1 billion cash infusion to the arts through the National Endowment of the Arts. It dovetails with $20 billion (national stimulus package) that the U.S. Conference of Mayors has requested which also includes the arts.

We are asking for an artist corps (program) in communities, like the old WPA (Work Projects Administration program under the New Deal) projects; increases to community development; and block grants that include the arts. A lot of this is embedding the arts in existing stimulus funding. But we are going to have to get on Capitol Hill, and work with Congress.

Meanwhile, we all have to figure out how we sustain ourselves and have the kind of capital, to continue the level of programming for the audiences that want to come to our programs.

Most talk about the future of the arts tends to dwell on national or state issues. But aren't the arts truly local? Every small town has an arts program, whether it is theatre, dance, music or whatever.

Most of the arts-making in the United States is at the community level and it is not at big institutions. This is why our proposal is for direct infusion to local channels. Have local organizations decide how to fuel their arts and cultural community.

Politicians don't always understand the regional impact of government arts cuts do they?

Absolutely not. And I think we have a lot of work to do to help them understand. I hope we are ushering in an era where we are going to have more of an understanding of the arts.

Government cutbacks to the arts also affect funding from the private sector?

It does and corporations are already pulling back.

We have this triangle of public, private and individual (funding sources) in the United States. Government support is important but it is a relatively small percentage of all giving. The largest is individual. We'd love to foster the encouragement of individual investment at this time.

Corporations are responsible to boards and to investors.

A lot of (corporation support) is marketing money tied to sponsorship. The (corporate) foundation funds are tied to endowments. (Corporations) are looking payouts and their foundation funds shorten up quicker than private foundations. Small private and community foundations are now struggling because endowments are under water.

Large national endowments like The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are staying the course for the next two years. Some are increasing their payouts because they won't feel the portfolio pinch for a couple more years.

One of the first things you did when you came to APAP was the survey with The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Was that because it was unclear where the arts community really stood?

Yes. We wanted to get a sense of the field beyond our membership. Quite frankly, we couldn't find any research. I wanted to know if I was running a special interest group in Washington or were we part of a larger field of activity. And what are the scope, distribution and size of that activity? What are the pressure points when it comes to globalism, technology, leadership, audience development, sustainability, and diversity? Those were the areas that we probed in addition to getting a lot of financial data.

So we took the temperature, and got a sense of what the field looked like. We learned that we are part of a field of about 7,000 professionally-staffed presenting organizations as well as teams of artists, managers and agents. And we learned that the field is diverse. No two organizations are alike.

We learned everybody was struggling with technology. They had a website and a few marketing bells and whistles but they were way behind in stage craft, innovative approaches to new media and technology.

We also learned that 75% of the field were presenting artists from outside of the U.S.

We were astounded that 98% of the field were doing after school programs or working in school during the day. That many had 10 audience development strategies. We hadn't imagined it was that robust.

The results of that assessment culminated in the position paper titled "Toward Cultural Interdependence" in 2002?

This was a manifesto that came out of a series of 12 conversations we mounted across the country with the field. Those conversations fueled this paper that said this is not only an exciting and growing field but it is just not a distribution network anymore. It is now a creation and distribution field.

What was behind the 15 month review the APAP launched in 2006?

Our 50th anniversary was coming in 2007, and the plan that grew out of the 2002 research was coming to term in 2008. Things had changed. We asked ourselves, "Is this association serving the needs of its members now?" We did 8 conversations (meetings) across the country and learned some new things that were different from what we had learned in 2002. Then there was a rigorous assessment of our systems of operating, staffing, programs, governance, everything we do.

Many APAP members don't know what you do beyond a conference and a newsletter.

Yes. I will 'fess up that 96% of our members' affinity with this organization is only the conference.

But we have learned that people want more from us. They want us to provide the training and learning experiences, and to provide professional development. They want us to be their "go to" source for research so they can bench mark themselves.

So we are re-tooling the way we have worked and trying to get rid of all of the "one size fits all" stuff. There were changes in the conference this year. We had more small group discussions, more member interaction, and less panel presentations. People reported that it was invaluable being able to talk with their colleagues, and find some solutions to issues they had.

With the demise of the International Association of Jazz Educators last year, your organization seems to have embraced jazz more fully. Was this the year jazz came home to the APAP?

It did. A lot of folks had dual membership, but they really looked to IAJE for their jazz education. In every one of the eight conversations (meetings) for our review, someone got up in the audience and said. "Art presenters have to do more for jazz and classical music."

Classical music, we have an endowment program and we have been doing some more things.

With jazz, we realized that we hadn't been doing anything to help presenters increase their understanding (of the genre). So (during the conference) I held a gathering of some jazz leaders. Over 75 people showed up, including (pianist/educator) Dr. Billy Taylor and (vocalist) Clayton Johnson. We had a conversation about the formation of a jazz network.

What kind of network?

People who came said they want a place to connect with one another and to share information. Not just about shows and performances. It can be online.

We also talked about collectively harnessing the assets we already have in the jazz community, and shine a new light on them. For example, Jazz at Lincoln Centre has been awarded a contract to do the Jazz Masters program for the National Endowment for the Arts. They are doing (the program) next year in conjunction with our conference. This will allows us to work with them on the symposium.

Several of us are involved with Jazz Appreciation Month (April) started by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. We are now talking about a jazz day in the United States, beginning in 2010, where we will really focus a lot of effort on performances, music and jazz history.

At the American Film Institute, you oversaw the independent filmmaker program, and the sub grant program for the independent film and video makers.

I was at AFI at an extraordinary time. I was working with [independent filmmakers] Bill Viola, and Gary Hill. AFI did the tribute to Billy Wilder during that time. Gregory Peck and Jimmy Stewart were on the board when I was there. I remember Jimmy Stewart speaking out against colorizing (vintage black-and-white) films.

You have several degrees in music education. Do you also play?

I am a pianist and a clarinetist. And I play the Metallophone, recorder and the brass kettle. At Northwestern, I studied with a great Medievalist, Ted Carp; and with Judith Schwartz (a specialist in music and dance of 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries), and played in a few ensembles. It was a great time.

Arts education programs in public schools have largely fallen away.

Three or four generations haven't had a comprehensive arts education. Some arts organizations have tried to supplant this but there are nothing like curriculum-based connected programs once offered by the schools themselves. I think we are going to see some shift there because we are going to see a shift in public education under President Obama.

When I was growing up, classical and dance companies were on television weekly.

So much of that has left the television realm. But what is exciting now is creating a new audience with digital radio, and repurposing (the arts) in movie theatres.

The Metropolitan Opera has the "Live in High-Definition" series at participating Cineplex Entertainment theatres that features 11 live opera broadcasts and 10 repeat performances on the big screen.

Peter Gelb [General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera] closed the conference with a keynote speech in which he played us the high definition DVDs that were shown in Times Square and in movies houses. Peter said, "This is a campaign for revival. I want to find a way to stimulate new (audience) interest and I have to keep my old clients."

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008, Larry was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times and the New York Times.

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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
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
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
Nanette Zumwalt, Hired Power 02/03/06

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