Industry Profile: Brent Grulke

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Brent Grulke

As creative director for the South by Southwest Music & Media Conference Brent Grulke has watched the Austin, Texas event grow from being a local street party to a global event.

He has been there since the conference began in 1987 with an independent, entrepreneurial focus, working the first few years as a stage manager.

This year, SXSW will be held March 13-22. Over 13,000 attendees will be on hand for panels, industry discussions, trade show exhibits, and five nights of music (March 18-22) by more than 1,800 acts-- hailing from over 50 countries, and performing in over 80 venues.

Among acts performing are: Tori Amos, Ladyhawke, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Pendulum, Willie Nile, Bedouin Soundclash, Cadence Weapon, Les Breastfeeders, Miracle Fortress, Twilight Hotel, Two Hours Traffic, the Cliks, the Duhks, Dent May, Ra Ra Riot, Gabriella Cilmi, Ximena Sariñara, Primal Scream, Wallpaper, Pete and the Pirates, Melissa Auf der Maur, Justin Nozuka, Luke Doucet, and Melissa McClelland.

Among the featured speakers are: Quincy Jones, Martin Atkins, Devo, The Oak Ridge Boys and Carlene Carter. Artists speaking on various panels include Britt Daniel, Amanda Palmer, John Wesley Harding, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mandi Perkins, Sylvain Sylvain and Anya Marina.

Inspired by the New Music Seminar held in New York in the 1980s, Nick Barbaro, Lewis J. Meyers, Ed Ward, Louis Black and Roland Swenson founded the SXSW festival in 1986 to promote Austin’s rich music scene.

In 1987, 700 registrants participated, and over 200 acts performed at 15 clubs. In 1994, SXSW added film and interactive media events to an expanded schedule. That year, it registered over 4,000 participants and showcased 500 musical acts at 28 venues.

With Austin--the capital o f Texas -- as the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World,” music is obviously a defining element of city’s cultural scene as well a significant component in its tourism pitch.

With, perhaps, more music venues per capita than any other American city, the city has a vibrant live music scene revolving around the many nightclubs on 6th Street. On any given night, fans can select from literally dozens of live shows covering most musical genres.

It has been estimated that SXSW 2009 will have a full economic impact of over $110 million on Austin’s economy.

Roughly $18 million will come from the operational impact of permanent staff and operational expenses of SXSW, and the balance of $77 million will come from attendee spending. They will contribute about $18 million to local food and drink establishments, $12 million in hotel expenditures and $7 million in the transportation and automobile sector. Another $13 million has been tagged as the value of media coverage that Austin receives with SXSW. Born in North Platte, Nebraska, Grulke grew up in Omaha, Chicago, Columbia (Mississippi), and Houston. He picked the University of Texas to get a BS in Radio/Television/Film largely on the strength of Austin's live music scene. It was at the U of T that he became arts editor at the student newspaper, The Daily Texan.

Upon graduating in 1983, Grulke worked as a sound engineer in Austin’s music venues, and was a sound engineer or tour manager for such acts as the Wild Seeds, Doctors' Mob, the Killer Bees, the True Believers, Winter Hours, Bad Mutha Goose, and the Prime Movers.

As well, he was the music editor at The Austin Chronicle.

In the late ‘80s, Grulke worked in San Francisco for a production company installing audio and video systems and he worked as a sound engineer at local clubs. He later lived briefly New York City, and then Los Angeles, working as a tour manager and sound engineer.

While living in Los Angeles, Grulke became manager of Spindletop Records, an independent record label, where he was responsible for the label’s marketing and distribution. The label’s roster included: Jazz saxophonist Boney James; Texas power pop band, the Allisons; violinist Doug Cameron; blues funksters Soul Hat; Texas blue guitarist Long John Hunter; and New Orleans' Neville Brothers. Grulke returned to Austin in 1993 when the label moved there.

Grulke began to book industry panels at SXSW in 1994. The following year he became creative director, overseeing panels and all aspects of the music festival.

You became the creative director of SXSW in 1994.

I was presumptuous enough to think that I could do (the job). In fact, it was a lot of on the job learning, particularly early on. My belief was that I could avoid politics and that artistic merit would trump everything. I was very naïve.

But you started off at SXSW as a stage manager in 1987. You must have had some idea of the politics in booking acts?

Sure. But when you a techie, it’s you and the band against the world. You are a little army. You know that everybody is out to fuck you. So you keep your head down. It’s a very different mind set (than being a booker).

Were you inundated with applicants from bands in 1994?

Oh yes. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. And it has never let up which is great.

How many bookers were there then?

There were a grand total of three of us doing everything in the music conference.

You have 8 bookers now?

Largely because there are so many bands, I needed to create a situation where I could try to have a better idea of the big picture (of the conference).

Also, isn’t it harder keeping in touch with the street as you get older?

Absolutely, I’m not (on the street) anymore. I have no illusions about that.

It has been argued that by the ‘90s SXSW had become a high-profile launching pad for major label acts. That new and unsigned acts were being shunted aside.

However, consolidation of the major labels followed by staff and roster cutbacks in recent years seems to have brought SXSW back to its indie roots. Have music industry cut backs impacted SXSW?

They absolutely have. And I wouldn’t say it is entirely in a good way.

We’re lucky in that what we do is focused around live performances and the demand for live performances has been consistent.

But how the industry has changed can make it hard (for us). It wasn’t nice to have major labels with significant artists that they wanted to come here and promote? It was one-stop shopping (for us). Go to Warner Bros. Records and they would bring this act and bring in this media presence and bring in people (attending). And they spent time and money doing that. That was nice in a lot of ways. It truly was.

On the other hand, because of our own roots, because we are Austenites, we are the kind of people who think that Townes Van Zandt is a great artist. Hit-making is a small part of what we are about. We are do-it-yourself kind of folks. That’s how we do things. We have always been more focused on the artists that were in (music) for the long haul and were unlikely to have hits. The fact that we could have major corporations come in and work our event to try to create hits was nice but it was always an anomaly.

With 11,000 applicants to perform this year, SXSW might be considered a stepping stone to success in the music industry like “American Idol.”

I would like to think that most of our (acts) are more practically minded than that. I know if they do get here they will be quickly disabused of that (stepping stone) notion. However, they may encounter some good influences that will include new friends, mentors, creative partners and a different part of the music world (than the mainstream).

The phenomenon of “American Idol” isn’t new. There was the era of Dick Clark TV idols like Fabian and Frankie Avalon in the ‘50s.

“American Idol” is considered as one of the most creative ways to do artist development today. With “American Idol” type artists, however, the true artists are the producers and songwriters. The vocalists are the “front people” for the producer and writers. There’s frequently art in that but there’s a perception, and it’s a relatively new perception, that the person onstage is the auteur. That’s a new phenomenon.

But almost all music genres since the ‘60s have encouraged people to try to be professional musicians or “hit artists” too.

The thing is that (success) tends to be self-selecting. The people that think (success) is going to happen overnight, they quit. The hundreds of thousands of people who function as artists and have careers are not all “hit artists.” The reason that they are able to do this (have careers) is because they have played for hundreds of thousands of hours. The 10,000 hour theory (of mastery). They have logged that and some.

In 1997, you were quoted as saying SXSW "is not a consumer event." Was that an accurate quote?

It was an accurate quote but I should have elaborated. Frankly, that was one of my first lessons in the power of the Internet, and the fact that a huge number of people now claim SXSW personally. The event has always been tailored to serve the needs of the music industry. But, of course, there’s also strong support from-- consumers my ass, let’s call them music fans. Let’s face it, the line between a music fan and a music professional now is pretty damn hard to draw. Where’s the line now? If I say I’m in the music business then I am. Fans are obviously the most critical element within the music business.

With power brokers from labels leaving in recent years how do you stay as relevant to the music industry? At the same time, we’ve also seen significant cut backs in the arts in many countries. A lot of artists are suffering.

Everybody is. Let’s fact it, (the future) is the huge question that nobody has a solid answer for. You better be willing to change and, perhaps, change really quickly. But change how and change what? We talk about (change) constantly and, maybe, that is the best thing we can do for now. I’m not going to pretend that we have answers.

Has the percentage of major and indie bands stayed the same at SXSW over the years?

It really has remained consistent. What has changed is the sheer number of acts. What has changed the most dramatically is that we can now do a lot wider selection of music styles. Part of that is because there are so many more genres of music available today.

There is a sizable classical and world beat component at SXSW this year.

Right. We have more acts from outside the U.S. coming than ever before. The number has steadily grown. About one-quarter of the bands this year are from outside of the U.S. and they are doing all types of different music. That’s obviously makes (the event) a different thing. In fact, that’s the part I take the most enjoyment in (booking). That’s what exciting me.

With 9/11, did it become more difficult in getting foreign acts into the U.S. to perform at SXSW?

The truth is that 9/11 changed the process and the awareness of the need to dot your I-s and cross your T-s. We now have three companies helping to facilitate people to get their visas. People who take the time and the cost—which can be really expensive—will get their visas. But if people take the time and can’t afford the expense (of applying for the proper visa on time) they can be turned away. It happens. But if people do what they are supposed to do, they do get in.

What are you happy about this year.

I am mostly happy that the schedule is nearly complete (with two weeks left). That in itself makes me very happy. You are always going to have bands drop out or other acts applying that you’d like to find a spot for. For instance, when Tom Waits played South By Southwest (in 1999), I didn’t get a call about that until 12 days before we started. Then we said, “We find to find a place for Tom Waits to play. We’ve got nearly two weeks. No problem.”

When you arrived in Austin to attend the University of Texas what did you find?

I came for the music. I knew Austin had an active music scene. I found what I expected and then some. I had visited before and I knew that Austin was the home of Willie Nelson. You don’t need to know much more than that.

You came to Austin in 1979. Was that after the “Cosmic Cowboy” era?

It was just after the “Cosmic Cowboy” era. It was still very much here. Obviously, there was also a blues scene too with Stevie Ray Vaughan and the (Fabulous) Thunderbirds. There was a confluence of different musical styles.

The “Cosmic Cowboy” era was chronicled in Jan Reid’s wonderful 1974 book, “The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock.” It is practically a tourist pamphlet to come to Austin.

It’s funny that you mention that because that book absolutely was critical to me. I read it in high school and thought, “I am going to Austin.”

You also grew up reading Creem, Crawdaddy, Circus and Rolling Stone music magazines?

Sure, absolutely. And some of the guys I grew up idolizing (by reading) were living in Austin then. (Rock music historian/writer) Ed Ward was here writing for the daily (the Austin American-Statesman and later the Austin Chronicle). Lester Bangs was working here with his band. John Morthland has been here forever.

[In 1980, famed rock journalist Lester Bangs traveled to Austin and met a punk rock group named The Delinquents. During his stay in Austin he recorded an album as Lester Bangs and the Delinquents entitled “Jook Savages on the Brazos” released by Live Wire Records. He returned to New York in early 1981. John Morthland has been writing about music since 1969 when he began working as an associate editor at Rolling Stone. He has also been an associate editor at Creem and Country Music magazines. He is currently a contributing editor to Texas Monthly].

The breadth of local talent in Austin over the years has been astounding —Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous, Thunderbirds. Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Michael Martin Murphey, Kinky Friedman, Steve Fromholz, Billy Joe Shaver, Marcia Ball, Lucinda Williams, and Townes Van Zandt. The city has such a rich musical history.

It has. It’s the capital (of Texas) and it is home to a huge university. Being the capital, it has a transient population. People from all over the state come to Austin and want something to do. At the same time, we also have an amazing songwriter tradition here too.

You became part of an Austin rock music era that included the Wild Seeds, the Killer Bees and the True Believers. Was it an exciting scene?

It was fantastic. Austin was very cheap to live in then. There were all these clubs to play and there weren’t any real regulations. No oversight, nobody paying close attention to (regulations). Also all over town people would have bands playing in their backyards. Sunday afternoon, you’d go to someone’s house and there’d be three bands playing in the backyard. I saw so much great music.

When you worked at Spindletop Records in Los Angeles, were you able to do A&R?

A little bit. The owner Barry Wilson did most of the A&R work. Discovering acts was the part (of the record business) that Barry liked. Making sure that CDs got pressed, got to the distributor and got into stores and were paid for--that was left to people like me.

Was managing a label an eye-opening experience to you?

Oh yeah….big time. Suddenly, there was the awareness that I was part of a business. In fact, it was the first time I had ever heard anyone refer to music as product. And you become very cognizant that it is product. The (business) set-up is to move music along like any other product. You manage inventory and you try to get enough money to come in so you can pay enough out. It is just so strikingly like any other business in a lot of ways. There is an easy temptation to lose sight of the fact that it is music you are selling.

Running Spindletop allowed you to return to Austin when the label moved its operations there from Los Angeles?

Yes. It was kind of an opportunity created for me. But the label lasted maybe a year after I came back.

When I was living in LA, my girlfriend and I went to see a show at McCabe’s with Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. It was one of the most fabulous shows that I ever have seen. At that show, I thought, “I have to get back home.”

You also worked in San Francisco and New York You couldn’t live and work in Austin back then?

As I told you, Austin was really cheap place to live. Part of the reason why it was cheap was there were no jobs. There was no money. I very much wanted to work in music and I believed that New York, San Francisco and LA held great potential employment opportunities for me. And I was right. But I preferred to be around artists and my friends and be a bit poorer in Austin than in those other places.

You were doing sound production?

I was a tour manager and a sound engineer. Most of the Austin bands of that era I did. The Wild Seeds, Doctors' Mob, and the Killer Bees. I also worked with a band out of New York called Winter Hours.

After so many years as a music critic and booking bands at SXSW, can you enjoy a band on its own today as opposed to evaluating it?

Absolutely, I can’t. My favorite bands now, most of the time, are my friends having fun onstage. I can let go of any critical judgment. They are having fun, I am having fun. We’re drinking beer and listening to music. Just taking the pleasure for what it is.

Well you can always listen to world beat or classical as alternatives.

I listen to classical and I listen to a lot of jazz. Jazz, how (the music industry) markets it…ugh! Give me a break.

Labels all want another Norah Jones.

Norah Jones is a lovely artist but she’s not a jazz artist. She’s a pop artist.

Jazz, blues, and country--a lot of musical genres have been watered down in recent years.

People are trying to reach a market and, obviously, it is really hard to reach a market. I don’t fault anyone for making that attempt. But there’s no shortage of great artists today. You just have to look a bit harder. If you are looking for “real country” or “real jazz”--and that’s always an abstraction anyway--but there are people making real art based on those genres. If that is what you are interested in, like me, you will find that music. The music that people are using to support industries and support large numbers of people by necessity, (their music) becomes something else. That doesn’t trouble me. I belong to the Duke Ellington school. There’s only two kinds of music, good and bad music.

Do you missing writing?

Yes, at times I do. But I like what I do. Writing is hard work. At times, the inner part of me loves the discovery of true writing. At other times, I don’t miss the pain of getting to that place. I like having written more than writing. Writing demands a certain degree of solitude that can or can not be an enjoyable place to be. Some times it is not a good psychic place to be.

What was the first record you bought?

The first single I bought was probably “Come Together” by the Beatles (in 1969).The first album I bought with my own money was Glen Campbell’s “Try A Little Kindness” (in 1970).

Did you become a major record collector?

I was a massive record collector. Bad enough that it destroyed a couple of relationships. I was pretty bad.

Did you collect bootlegs in the vinyl era?

Not so much because I’m an audio snob. I hated the sound quality.

Do you have an iPod?

I like the concept of iPods more than the actual usage. I hate the sound of MP3s. I also don’t like headphones. I don’t like to listen to music like that. With an iPod, I can rip (the music) to high quality and I will but I am still listening with headphones. I still have vinyl but I don’t play those recordings often since I have a three year old. Turntables and three year olds don’t mix.

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