Industry Profile: Peter Tempkins

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Peter Tempkins

Peter Tempkins has been an insurance broker, specializing in music, since 1987.

Tempkins spent 11 years with Haas & Wilkerson (1987-1998), starting in New York before moving to Nashville, and joining the DeWitt Stern Group as a managing dir., heading its music & touring division for 11 years.

In Jan. 2009, Tempkins and his Nashville-based team moved to Momentous Insurance Brokerage, headquartered in Van Nuys, California.

Momentous Insurance Brokerage is a full service entertainment-based firm specializing in designing insurance programs for high net worth individuals, film and TV productions, music and touring companies and artists.

The addition of Tempkins’ team considerably boosts Momentous’ already solid presence in the music and touring insurance practice.

Over the years, his team has worked on such music accounts as AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Crosby Stills & Nash, the Bee Gees, Stone Temple Pilots, Limp Bizkit, Redman, Steve Earle, The Jonas Brothers, The White Stripes and John Mayer.

As well, Tempkins has insured such events as the Amnesty International Tour (1990), Lilith Fair, Taste of Chaos, The Warped Tour, and Bonnaroo.

Does a young band need insurance coverage?

Yes. There are different types of insurance that young bands need. The first insurance that a band should buy is equipment insurance. The band has probably spent several years accumulating equipment. A band with $50,000 worth of equipment could insure that for $750. God forbid something happens to their equipment. Often they don’t have the money to pay for the insurance. But it is easier to go to their parents and borrow $750 than saying, Oh my, God, everything got destroyed, can you lend me $50,000?”

That’s why I say that equipment coverage is the first thing a band should buy. It is fairly inexpensive and it is a one-time thing. Equipment is their biggest investment. Let’s face it, they could be the next U2 but with no equipment, unless they are going to perform doo wop, they are done.

Once a band start touring their vehicle becomes a target for theft.

(Vehicle theft) happens at least a dozen times a year. Fill in the city. Vancouver, Boston….anywhere there’s a port. A lot of equipment gets shipped overseas immediately. “We were staying at the…..” Fill in the name of the hotel. “We were parked under the lights. We came out in the morning and everything was gone.”

As a full service broker, you write a fair amount of health insurance. Isn’t that coverage often overlooked by bands?

All the time, I hear bands say, “We can’t get health insurance.” It’s not that they can’t get health insurance. It’s that they can’t afford the premiums. Young bands are young and they feel invincible. They don’t feel that they are going to get sick. They feel that they don’t need coverage.

Bands are also short-sighted on car insurance coverage as well.

A lot of bands are driving around in a van with minimal insurance. The van is usually registered to one of the band members. If they have an accident with minimal insurance and (the policy is) in one of their names, the claim (against them) is going to be bigger than the insurance policy. And the band member will get a lien against his future income. What’s he going to do? File for bankruptcy and try to get out of it? If the band makes it, and starts getting assets, the members are going to be nailed.

What coverage do bands need by law?

Every state in America has minimal insurance requirements, and that is only for liability. I think the minimal insurance you can carry is 15/30. That’s $15,000 per individual with a $30,000 max. So if the band is driving down the road and they hit another vehicle and there are three people in that vehicle, the most the insurance company will pay for that claim is $30,000. So if three people get injured the same way, they each are going to get $10,000. If they sue for $100,000, the band has to come up with $70,000 or the individual who owns the vehicle might have to.

Then there’s workers compensation (also known as workman’s or workers' comp). Insurance that provides compensation medical care for employees injured in the course of employment.

The one policy required by law for any employer is workman’s compensation. The game a lot of people in the industry used to play—and it’s not as prevalent today as it was years ago—is (hiring on as an) independent contractor. “Oh, he’s an independent contractor; I don’t have to cover him for workman’s comp.” And often people want to get paid gross, not net, (like an independent contractor) because they are going to play games with taxes.

The problem is (roadies, production and road managers etc.) are an independent contractor right up to the moment they are injured.

The minute they are at the hospital and they are asked “What happened?” they will say, “I was lifting a road case, I dropped it and it fell on my foot.” The hospital asks, “Who do you work for?” “I work for…” Fill in the name of the band. They aren’t going to thump their chest at that point and say “I’m an independent contractor. Let me just whip out my check book and write you a check, Mr. Hospital.”

How many young bands have incorporated to ensure that they have coverage as a band?

Once they start getting income, and if they are writing songs, then they should set up a partnership or something. Then, as we move up the food chain, we start talking about general liability (coverage).

You go into a club in Sheboygan and you see this new band nobody has heard of before. The lead guy throws his sunglasses into the audience and they cut someone. The band is unknown and the person got cut. Big deal, who cares? Two years later, when the band is headlining arenas, the person suddenly thinks “Two years ago this guy cut me with his glasses. They’ve got money. I’m going after them.”

Isn’t there a statute of limitations for such incidents?

Different states have different rules on statute of limitations. The rules are also different for minors. If you were 15 when you snuck into this club and got hit, your statute of limitations, depending on the state, doesn’t start running until you are 18. Then you might have two years at that point (to file). So you could sue up to the time you are 20 years old for an incident like that.

That seems far-fetched.

Over the years, America has become lot more litigious. Our society has become one where the sentiment is, “Somebody has to be responsible for what I do because I am not responsible for what I do.” When I was 16, and if I came home from school and I said, “Mom, my teacher yelled at me today.” First thing my mother would have done would have been to clock me upside the head. The second thing was she would have asked, “What did you do?” The next day, we’d be at the school to find out what I did wrong. That’s not true today. The feeling is that somebody has to pay.

What questions do you ask those bands seeking coverage?

We ask questions like, “Are you doing pyro? What size venues are you playing? What are you doing about this or that?” It’s a whole litany (of questions) we go through. There are other brokers out there who don’t ask as many questions. While I can’t tell you everything the bands we work are doing on every day of the week, I have a pretty good idea of what they are doing out on the road because of the questions that we ask. We also go on websites and check things out.

Do you have to consider if the venues the bands are playing are adequately covered?

The problem is that when bands are playing clubs for a $250 or $500 play, it is very hard for us to get the club owner to give us certain things. When bands get bigger, and they playing larger venues, we can get (insurance) certificates from the promoters.

Insurance for $1 million (by a club) 9 times out of 10 is adequate. The problem is when you have a catastrophe, there’s never enough insurance. When there’s a catastrophe like what happened in Rhode Island, there’s never enough insurance.

Conversely, I still write AC/DC and, in 1991, when we had that unfortunate event in Salt Lake City where three kids died there was adequate insurance for everybody there. It was, of course, a horrendous experience.

In 1991, three fans were crushed to death at an AC/DC show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Of the 13,294 fans present, more than 4,400 had obtained general admission or "festival style seating"—in essence, no seating at all. In late 1992, AC/DC paid the families of the three deceased teenagers an undisclosed sum, following an out-of-court settlement. Other parties to the settlement included The Salt Palace, the concert's promoter and the company in charge of security.

The Rhode Island nightclub fire occurred in 2003 at The Station, a nightclub in West Warwick. A hundred people were killed. The fire was caused when pyrotechnic sparks, set off by the tour manager of the headlining band Great White, ignited flammable sound insulation foam in the walls and ceilings around the stage, creating a flash fire that engulfed the club in under six minutes.

In essence, you are insuring bands that are going into venues where anything can happen.

Yeah. But if there is an incident at the club, and we find out that the club doesn’t have insurance or they are being a pain in the ass then it gets real simple. We are such a small knit community. If they do this to a band that is being booked by CAA, the word goes out among CAA agents very quickly.

Do a band’s insurance needs go up with success?

When a band is really touring and making, even okay money that’s when it should get five policies. They should have general liability; worker’s comp; a business automobile policy; equipment coverage; and they may have excess liability or “umbrella” (coverage) which is a higher (liability) limit. Then with bands who get really big, there’s non-appearance coverage.

Would bands 20 years ago have had such extensive insurance coverage or is this something that has evolved over time?

The insurance has always been there. A lot of bands had it. A lot of smaller bands weren’t taking it. Now we are seeing more of these smaller bands taking it.

Would a big band 20 years ago have had insurance that was adequate?

Would they have had more than $1 million worth of coverage? Maybe yes; maybe not.

Non-appearance coverage?

A lot of bands 20 years ago were just starting to understand non-appearance (coverage). Usually, they told the promoter they’d come back and play the next go-around for them. The promoter would bitch and moan and then he’d say, “Okay, fine.” Today, who knows if the band is going to come back and play? Promoters argue that they built up the band in the clubs and now that the band is big, there’s no loyalty. I hear these arguments all of the time.

Have you seen much of a change with corporations entering the concert promotion field?

It has changed. I don’t think I want to use the word radically. There are benefits and there are non-benefits from the changes. The benefits are that you have a promoter that comes in and says, “I want to play a band in these 40 cities. Let’s do one contract.” It’s easier (doing a tour). It is also easier if you know you have a point person at that one company. If I have a band and their tour is bought by Live Nation or AEG, we get one certificate of insurance for the whole tour.

Do you insure promoters?

I have several clients that are promoters --obviously, not AEG or Live Nation although I deal with a lot of people in those two companies.

Do the varied parties try to minimize their own coverage as much as possible?

No because the way that additional insurance works—which is the insurance we are looking for—is if the band gets sued for something that is a promoter’s responsibility, we want the promoter’s policy to defend the band. If the band does something—if the drummer throws a drum stick—I don’t want the promoter’s policy to pick that up. But if someone is walking to their seat and they slip and fall, that’s the promoter’s responsibly. So when the band gets sued I want the promoter’s policy to defend them.

With lawsuits often the venue, the promoter and the band are all sued.

That’s called the shotgun theory. (The strategy is) to sue everybody; somebody’s going to pay off. Rarely is a band libel under those conditions unless a member does something like throw a drumstick out or says “I’m lonely. Come on down and be onstage with me.” Nine times out of ten, with trip-and-fall type things, it’s the promoter’s responsibility.

When you insure festivals, are you working for the promoter?

With Bonnaroo, yes. We are working for the festival so it’s the promoter. On The Warped Tour, while it’s a festival, our client is the tour. That’s how it operates and how it is contracted. On The Warped Tour, there are several promoters that are clients and there are bands on that tour that are clients.

Is a festival complicated to insure?

For us to (insure) a festival, it’s fairly simple because we know how to do it. We know what to look for. Last year, three of us lived at Bonnaroo (in Manchester, Tennessee) for five days. We were there so we know what goes on.

What’s the importance of being on site?

We are an extra set of eyes and, if something happens, we are there. Is it good visibility and good PR for us, yes. More importantly, we are there if something happens.

What are the questions that you’d ask?

I break it down to 5th grade English. Who? What? Where? When? Why? And how? Then I ask about security and about medical. Once you fill in those blanks, I have a pretty good picture (of the event).

What insurance would a festival need?

It still breaks down to the basic 5 or 6 policies. General liability. Usually when you are doing a festival, you want excess limits. You need worker’s comp. You need a business auto policy. You need property coverage. You probably get into having crime coverage because there’s a fair amount of cash floating around. You may have event cancellation coverage.

How much would insurance coverage be for 3 day festival with 70,000 people expected per day?

There are a lot of factors. It would depend on what limit of liability you want and what type of music. Is there camping? There are some festivals that don’t have camping on site. So people camp off site and then it’s not the festival’s responsibility.

Music is a factor for determining coverage?

If you are doing a pop festival, it is going to be a lot cheaper than if you were doing a three day rap festival.

Rappers have complained of the difficulty getting coverage for events. Is that a fair assessment?

It will depend on who the artists are. It will depend on the venue and how they are going to run security. If you are worried about people bringing weapons in then you arrange, and tell everybody ahead of time, that everybody walking into this venue—front, back, side door whatever—is going to go through a metal detector. Everybody. No exceptions.

Is it more difficult to insure some acts if their lyrics espouse violence, or if their reputation scares authorities like Marilyn Manson?

I have worked with Manson in the past. I have no problem working with someone like Marilyn Manson. Because I know all of the players involved with Manson and I know what is real and what is not real,

A lot of times, for me, it comes down to the team around the act. I may not know Joe and the Bananas but I know his manager, his business manager, his production manager and his attorney. I know what they look for in people. So a lot of times I go in knowing the team around an act.

There seem to be less screwed up artists today…maybe Amy Winehouse.

We’ve done some work for Amy Winehouse. I’m not worried about what she does. I am doing liability and worker’s comp. Her issues are neither.

Most bands operate websites that also need to be insured.

You are talking about cyber liability which is something that we are starting to work on with a lot of our clients on. There are nasty people out there who will try to screw with an artist’s website.

What are some of the other issues with websites that need to be covered?

If the band is posting things, they could disparage someone. If they are selling things, there’s the issue of credit card protection. A band could post a picture without permission. There’s a whole slew of things still being considered as things evolve. Fifteen years ago, you were cutting edge if you had a fax machine.

Peter Tempkins can be reached at: ptempkins@mmibi.com

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