André Ménard (Photo by: Tshi)

Industry Profile: André Ménard

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: André Ménard There may be no measure in today’s entertainment culture to absolutely gauge the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal that celebrates its 30th anniversary June 30-July 12.

Its size and scope—as the world’s largest jazz festival with a budget of $28 million for 2009—places it alongside festival giants. Its ability to amalgamate jazz and other popular genres at free and ticketed shows in the heart of a primarily French-speaking North American city, however, defines its uniqueness.

An estimated 1.5 million spectators will likely turn out for this year’s festival, operated by Alain Simard and André Ménard, who also run the Montreal-based concert promotion firm L'Équipe Spectra, providing local businesses with an estimated $100 million in tourism revenue.

Over 3,000 musicians will perform--from noon to midnight--at 650 concerts, including over 400 free shows. Musicians from 20 countries will participate in a program that encompasses traditional and avant garde jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, electro and world music.

Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on cordoned-off streets while others are on terraced parks or empty lots. This year, the festival also unveils its new year-round home, the Maison du Festival de Jazz in the new Quartier des spectacles sector.

Many parts of Montreal’s downtown core will be closed to traffic for the days of the festival as outdoor shows are free to the public and on several stages at the same time. Attendance to some shows will run between 100,000 and 200,000 people.

Among the free shows is the opening event with Stevie Wonder. Other large events include those with Ben Harper and Relentless7, local singer and pianist Patrick Watson, and 15-year-old local singer Nikki Yanofsky.

Among the other artists booked this year are Toots & the Maytals, John Pizzarelli, Ornette Coleman and Susie Arioli, who are among the 2009 winners of the prestigious prizes awarded annually by the FIJM to artists who have made outstanding contributions to the evolution of music.

As well, FIJM is marking its 30th anniversary with the creation of the Bruce Lundvall Award to be presented annually to a non-musician who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of music, through media, concert or record industries. Its first recipient is Bruce Lundvall, himself president of EMI Music, Jazz & Classics.

Ménard, co-founder/artistic Director of the FIJM, and VP/CEO of L’Équipe Spectra, was born in Tétreaultville, Quebec in a working class family. While attending Collège de Maisonneuve in Montreal, he began to produce shows. Following graduation, he presented shows at Montreal’s Théâtre Outremont with Paul Dupont-Hébert; and was a director of several large local events including the annual Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day festivities on Mount Royal.

In 1977, Ménard, Simard and Denys McCann formed L'Équipe Spectra which also today operates the Metropolis club and Théâtre Outremont, and oversees the annual Les Francofolies de Montreal that has 250 concerts later in the summer. An affiliated booking and concert firm Agence Spectra handles Zachary Richard, Michel Rivard, Paul Piché, Coral Egan, and Susie Arioli.

Ménard and Simard planned their first festival for the summer of 1979. However, unable to secure sufficient funding, they were only able to produce two nights of shows with Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny at Théâtre-St-Denis.

The pair then organized a series of concerts in 1980 on the original Expo ‘67 site. With bills headlined by Ray Charles, Vic Vogel, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, the series attracted over 12,000 people and was deemed a modest success. In 1982, the festival moved to St. Denis Street downtown with daytime shows attracting a whopping 80,000 people.

In March, 2009, Tourisme Montréal bestowed two of its Ulysee Trophies 2009 on L’Équipe Spectra: to the FIJM in the new “Sustainable Tourism” category; and to Les FrancoFolies de Montréal in the “Festivals and Tourism Events—Operating Budget of $1 million or More” category.

Considering past bookings and that this year's festival lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Toots & the Maytals, Burning Spear, Joe Cocker, Van der Graaf Generator, Jeff Beck, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jackson Browne, and rapper Mos Def, when are you going to change the name of this jazz festival?

The “jazz police” are always on our ass saying that (there are too many non-jazz acts). We have many headliners that are in types of music related to jazz but they are not necessarily jazz. However, if you look at the strictly jazz programming at the festival, it still makes for a huge festival.

I am amused that many years ago Wynton Marsalis said something (about jazz programming being in danger because of outside musical influences). Now when I look at his programming at Jazz at Lincoln Centre in New York City, there are folk singers there. And, in the past few years, he has mingled with the likes of Willie Nelson. So it seems like he too has come to envision music as a big continuum. Contributions to jazz come from the right and the left. At the same time, jazz has influenced a lot of the pop music we hear right now.

[Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will launch the Pleins Feux series at FIJM on June 30 followed by Jamie Cullum (July 1), Tony Bennett (July 3) and a double-header with Al Jarreau and Molly Johnson (July 5) in the series’ lineup.]

Miles Davis recorded Cyndi Lauper’s “Time after Time.” There was also Joni Mitchell’s collaboration with Charlie Mingus for the “Mingus” album in 1979.

And Sonny Rollins appeared on TV with Leonard Cohen (performing “Who By Fire” on "Night Music with David Sanborn" in 1989]. You just mentioned the only act (Joni Mitchell) that we have sought for 30 years that has never played the festival.

While the big names at the festival receive a lot of attention, you have brought in many new and lesser known international artists through the years.

I like to work with smaller acts. I also like to book many of the European acts because they don’t often play in North America. So, in order to differentiate our festival from the other festivals in America, we have featured quite a few European musicians and there have been some American artists that only had recognition in Europe that have gained some notoriety and some ‘career’ back home through our festival. Dee Dee Bridgewater, for example.

The festival has the resources to hire major jazz players. You may hear them in the invited artist series with different ensembles over several evenings.

We like to re-discover (artists) or give artists a different spotlight. At the tenth festival we gave (American bassist) Charlie Haden 8 different concerts for 8 nights with 8 different bands. We have been repeating that (concept) since then. In most cases, it has helped the artist’s career.

This year the festival will present the inaugural Bruce Lundvall Award. During 22 years at Columbia Records, and 25 years as the president of EMI Music, Jazz & Classics, where he revived the legendary Blue Note label, Bruce has signed such artists as Norah Jones, Anita Baker, Phoebe Snow, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Dexter Gordon. Bobby McFerrin, and Dianna Reeves.

How did you decide to give Bruce an award named after himself?

Every fifth year of the festival, we have created a new award. For this year, we did not want to do another artistic award. We already have four (artistic awards). I suggested that we do an award that would go to either a media or a business personality that has made a significant contribution to the world of jazz. Trying to find a personality that could fit both media and (music) industry worlds, I thought of Bruce Lundvall because he gets respect from both sides. (His signings) have always been about good artistry that some times have had led to jazz and sometimes not. He was quite surprised (when informed). He was flattered but flabbergasted at the same time.

During the last of his three concerts as preludes to last year’s festival, Leonard Cohen said that on his last time performing in Montreal he was, “60 years old, just a kid with a crazy dream.”

Man, that was so emotional. Leonard performed on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. [Quebec's national holiday Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24 is celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture]. He asked me if he’d stir some shit here because he was taking some heat (attention) away from Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

I said, “Leonard, Gilles Vigneault accepted the money from the federal government for the Governor General Award in the early ‘90s. You turned it down because you didn’t want to hurt your French friends’ sensitivities. So, as far as I’m concerned, you are a true Quebec hero, and Gilles Vigneault is not.” So Leonard said, “You say that but not me.”

(By not accepting the award), he didn’t want to jump into that (separatist) debate. So during his show on June 24 (2008), he told the audience in French, “I am so glad that I can be here for our national day.”

[Québécois folk singer and political activist Gilles Vigneault accepted the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards - Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 1993. In 1968, with the release of the anthology "Selected Poems: 1956-1968," Cohen was awarded the Governor-General's Award. He declined the honor, stating "The poems themselves forbid it, absolutely." In 2003, however, Cohen agreed to accept the Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civil honor for achievement in the arts.]

How far back do you go with Leonard Cohen?

Not that far. I have admired him from afar for probably my whole life. I delivered a phone book to his Westmount home when I was 15 or 16. That’s really true. I would later see him at the (popular nightclub) Nuit Magique in Old Montreal [operated by Cohen’s friend Bob DiSalvio]. But I would never dare to talk to him.

Then with the release of Anjani’s album in 2006 [“Blue Alert” co-written by American singer-songwriter Anjani Thomas and Cohen] I was contacted to do a showcase at the festival for Anjani but it was past our programming date. So I spent festival money organizing a showcase for her at the Just For Laughs Cabaret. Leonard took notice that I was very helpful in this case and he returned the favor by giving us the dates. To be able to do this in return for Leonard Cohen on his home turf is probably one of the biggest things in my whole professional career.

How many people came to the festival in 2008?

Last year the weather was quite nice so we went past two million.

The festivals draw a lot of people who aren’t normally interested in jazz.

We call them “music tourists.” These are people that come from all over the city as well as the suburbs and different regions of Quebec that are not real jazz lovers but they want to take in the party. At the same time, they end up buying records (of the festival’s performers). After a live performance on one of the stages, an artist can quickly sell 200 or 300 copies of a record on the site itself (through the festival-operated retail kiosk). CDs really go out of the boxes once a performance ends.

There’s so much going on at the festival every day.

There are two festivals in one. The (street) and concert festivals take place in the same neighborhood but they have different crowds. And, within these two festivals there are all of these concerts with music personalities that showcase different types of music. People can go indoors for (paid) concerts) or outdoors (for free concerts). The free programming will go past 400 performances this year. Unemployed people get to stand at the same place as the president of our sponsor companies. It is a very inclusive event. It is for everyone. We do that with sponsor money, mainly.

What is the festival’s operating budget this year?

I believe it is around $28 million. It is a lot of money.

What are sources of funding?

Normally, the box office covers 30% (of the overall budget); sponsorship is normally 50%; and the rest is derived from revenues from merchandising, radio & TV and ancillary (including government) sources of revenue. TV revenue used to be more years ago. The multiplication of channels did not bring an increase in revenue, quite to the contrary.

This year, there is also a special contribution of $3 million from the federal government to maintain the level of activity of the festival, if the box office is not the same as last year. That might not be repeated. It is only for this year.

What do you recall about the 1979 start-up? Unable to secure sufficient funding for a full festival, there were only two nights of shows at Théâtre-St-Denis with Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny.

The false start. We wanted to do something quite expansive but, in order to bring a mass of artists in a certain week to Montreal, (we found that) we couldn’t only take artists that were on the touring circuit at the time. We had to do one offs (booking single dates with acts). But in order to do that, the box office cannot meet all of the (event’s) expenses. So we knew we would need some sponsors or public (government) money. We were told we could never get a public grant in the first year of an event.

When we saw that (the planned festival event) would have an assured deficit, we decided we weren’t going to do it (as a full festival) but we would take a different approach the following year and see how we could do it.

You and Alain then organized a modest jazz festival on the former site of Expo ‘67 in 1980.

The site was deserted but (the buildings) Place des Nations and Kiosk de International remained from Expo ’67. We took Place des Nations for every Thursday of the summer. The first show was with Ray Charles. The second Thursday was with Gary Burton and Chick Corea.

In between, we took Kiosk de International and did two or three TV tapings for Tele-Quebec. The audio was sold to CBC-Radio in English Canada. Those TV and radio rights compensated for what we didn’t have in (box office) revenues and made the festival that year possible.

In 1982, the festival had Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis for the first time. The festival also moved to downtown Montreal. What was the impact of the move?

After moving the festival to Saint Denis Street [a major north-south thoroughfare in Montreal] in 1982, we began to see the two big solitudes (Montreal’s English and French population) going to the same place. That would never have happened before. When we moved the festival there were suddenly Anglos mingling with Francos. I think that the festival created some warming up of the two groups. And in the ensuing years, the ethnic communities started coming too.

FIJM has come to embody what Montreal is all about. A very diversified, cosmopolitan city.

The jazz festival has become this place where Montrealers from every walk of life, with social, ethnic or economic differences, can all go to the same place. This we achieved not knowing we were doing that. We aren’t unhappy about that.

I remember when there’d be nobody in downtown Montreal during the summers. Now there’s FIJM, the Just For Laugh Festival, and Les Francofolies de Montréal; all downtown in the summer months.

Yeah, it was a very deserted city in the summers. Now there’s this sequence of big events that make for a very lively and sexy city to come to in the summer. I don’t want to boast about all of the other festivals. I know we have done some good things, and we have made mistakes but, overall, our festival has changed the life of this city.

How?

First, culturally. The festival draws artists that would never have come to the city otherwise. And secondly, economically. I hear that we bring $80 to $100 million a year to the city. This is money spent by dedicated tourists. People that come for the festival. Not incidental tourists that happen to be here (during the festival).

Wasn’t 1986 a difficult year for the festival?

In 1986, we had a deficit. We lost our two main sponsors, Belvedere (cigarettes) and Molson Brewery. We still weren’t getting any support from the city of Montreal yet the Montreal Film Festival was getting $75,000 (annually). Jean Drapeau (Montreal mayor from 1960-82) was never warm to us because he could not claim any credit over the event. It was big by the time he realized that it was big. And he could not claim credit for it.

Before the 1987 festival, we had to replace those two sponsors and we had to gain some support from the city. That came with (mayor) Jean Doré when he took power in ’86. (The municipal funding) was minor to what our budget then was but the wind had changed (at city hall) and the services (for the event) came. It really became a city event at that moment. Even though the city of Montreal for many years did not did not pay more than 1% of the budget, they were letting us happen (downtown) which was not bad.

A recent achievement is that Montreal’s downtown is changing to further accommodate the festival.

[In 2007, the city of Montreal produced an urban development plan for the Place des Arts area of the Quartier des spectacles. The city, as well as the federal and provincial governmental bodies, have made mutual commitments to invest a total of $120 million over four years for the re-development project that will showcase the festival.]

Now we are seeing recognition from the city for our contribution to the social, economic and cultural life in Montreal with this sort of urban revolution in Montreal around Place des Arts area of the Quartier des spectacles.

There had been a lot of projects previously that were making us lose the open space we used to have for the festival. We run (stages) from parking lots and from and from parks. Much of that was disappearing. So we asked the city to protect a belt around Place des Arts so that we can keep holding these gigantic festivals without waiting for the next development to push us aside. And the city are doing that to the extent that they are even going to demolish a three-story building on St.Catharines Street in order to complete the square belt around Place des Arts. That’s quite an achievement for us. This square belt would not have been thought of if it was not for the big parties that we have been throwing for 30 years.

[This summer, the Maison du Festival de Jazz, opens in Quartier des spectacles. The facility--that includes a performance hall, a restaurant, a Hall of Fame, an exhibition space, and an audiovisual documentation centre--is intended as a permanent performance venue for jazz, blues and world music artists as well as a place that will preserve the festival’s musical heritage. Montreal jazzman Oliver Jones will inaugurate the Maison’s 350-seat performance hall with the first concert of the jazz festival on June 30, 2009.]

Do you attend other jazz festivals?

I do. New Orleans is a magical city for me. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival doesn’t need that many big stars to draw attention because New Orleans itself is the attraction. There are the fairground activities in the afternoon, and the clubs at night (during the festival)

In Europe, North Sea Jazz Festival at Rotterdam's Ahoy (arena) is fantastic too. It is quite a piece of engineering. They hold the festival in the Ahoy and the Congress Center that is linked. They build concert spaces out of scratch from garage-like locations to bigger venues into a fantastic festival that runs over three days with about 70 acts a day.

You worked with Alain before becoming partners in 1977?

I was talent buyer at my college (Collège de Maisonneuve) and Alain was a tour organizer (booker & promoter) selling and organizing tours for (French-language) Quebecois and foreign artists. He was the first to bring Pink Floyd and Genesis to Montreal. I bought some acts from Alain including Soft Machine (on a bill with Maneige) and Manfred Mann. I also did shows with (Quebec acts) Robert Charlebois, Harmonium, and Plume Latraverse.

Despite growing up as rock music fans, you and Alain did tours in Quebec with American bluesmen John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and others before you did the jazz festival. Why didn’t you book rock acts then?

Promoter Donald (Donald Tarleton of Donald K Donald) used to hold this immense power in Montreal based on the fact that he controlled the rock shows at the Montreal Forum. This forced us to take an interest in more marginal stuff. There was no room for two big rock promoters in Montreal. Alain had been doing a lot of jazz and blues events as well as blues tours. He once did a 23-city tour of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee playing small towns in the province of Quebec. They even played in a sugar shack. We did the same (routing). John Lee Hooker would play Sherbrooke, Chicoutimi, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières.

What music did you listen to growing up?

My first love was for rock and roll and for (French-language) Quebecois music. The initial flame was lit by the Beatles. I was a Beatles’ fan until their demise. Then I became a huge Rolling Stones fan. From 1972 to now, I have seen the Rolling Stones perform over 50 times. I still have my ticket stubs.

What Quebecois stars were you fans of?

The biggest for me was Robert Charlebois. He was a “revolution of the mind” for (Quebec youth). It was the first time we realized that we not only had great songwriters in Quebec but we had great performers in the rock mode. He was the first to tell us that it was possible to (sing rock) in French. He even told the French it was possible to do sing in French. Johnny Hallyday and artists in France were doing covers of American rock songs back then. Charlebois was an original French rocker. I will forever be thankful to Charlebois for the impact that he had at that moment. I have the ultimate respect for Charlebois and for (French-Canadian folk singer/poet) Félix Leclerc. I did his two last shows ever in Montreal in 1977.

[Home grown rocker Robert Charlebois dominated Quebec’s music scene throughout the ‘60s and ‘’70s. During the same time, Félix Leclerc played a major role in revitalizing the Quebec folk song ("chanson") tradition. He also was a strong voice for Quebec nationalism. The Félix Awards, given to Quebec recording artists, are named after him.]

What your first exposure to jazz?

At the Expo ’67 site when I was a teenager, there were free concerts. I saw Mahalia Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Error Garner, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk who played three saxophones. It was all about showboating but, at 14, I thought it was great. Seeing these shows taught me that there was something more than rock and roll.

You have recently produced “Our Stars Celebrate Jazz in Montreal,” a CD of contemporary Quebec stars singing American jazz standards.

Coeur de Pirate does “Someone To Watch Over Me”; Marie-Elaine Thibert does “Heart and Soul”; Michel Rivard does “My Funny Little Valentine”: Daniel Lavoie does an extraordinary version of “Send In The Clowns”; Eric LaPointe does “Fever”; Florence K does “I Put A Spell On You”; and Garou recorded “Mac The Knife.”

There are some bonus (non-exclusive) tracks including: Celine Dion doing “Nature Boy” and a live performance of Ginette Reno and (pianist) Oliver Jones doing “The Lady is a Tramp”; Jean Leloup doing “Petit Fleur”; and Offenbach with Gerry Boulet with the Vic Vogel Jazz Big Band doing “George On My Mind.”

It is the first time I’ve produced a record. I selected the songs, the artists, and I suggested the tempos. The album is being released the day (June 30) we open the festival.

Earlier this year, you were in the studio when Celine Dion and Zachary Richard recorded a version of Robbie Robertson’s “Acadian Driftwood” for Zachary’s new album “Last Kiss.”

I was there when they did the vocals. Celine is called “One Take Celine” because she’s always prepared when she shows up (to record). After they did two takes. Larry Klein, who was producing, said that he had what was needed and that she could be on her way. But that night was her last performance for at least 18 months or more. She knew a vacation was coming but she didn’t feel like going to bed. She was on pure adrenaline. She asked if they could sing the track again. She did her vocals five more times. Just for the sake of doing it. And she did a different voicing each time at the end of the song when they would trade parts. It was fantastic to be there.

Zachary’s last big album in Quebec was “Cap enragé.” It sold more than 250,000 copies here (in 1997). At supper, Celine sang every single song of “Cap enragé.” She knew the entire album by heart.

[Agence Spectra represents Louisiana’s Zachary Richard who will be playing FIJM, July 8-11]

You and Zachary are quite close?

You know what he did for me? My mother died in 2001. My brother suggested I phone Zachary and ask him to perform at the funeral. He agreed to come. Instead of going to the alter to sing, he came into the middle (aisle), put his hand on the casket, and sang “Amazing Grace.” There were 300 people in the church because my mother had a big family. There was not a dry eye in the place.

You are now 55. You have grown up in an interesting time in Quebec.

I tell people that I wouldn’t mind cutting off 30 years of my age but I would not change what I have been through. From seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and watching man walk on the moon. Then there have been the social and political changes that have taken place here in Quebec. It made for very exciting times. I can’t say that I’m not missing that, but, at the same time, I like what I see now.

What things do you like?

The diversity and the power of the new media is fantastic. We are now seeing acts being born overnight and not all of them are rotten. But structurally (the music industry) is in danger. This new structure is very hot. It’s very abrasive. And it’s dangerous. There was a mystery to artists when I was young that you don’t have anymore. You would not see the Beatles all of the time in the media. You would not see video clips on rotation until you were fed up with them. The mystery (about them) was bigger than these artists today with all of the new media. I can’t wait to see who is going to survive. And who will be a stadium act in 20 years. Will we be able to build a global act like U2 again?

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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Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
Dennis Condon, Disneyland Resorts 07/13/01
Peter Conlon, Peter Conlon Presents 05/20/05
Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, Foxman.com 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records/Six Shooter Management 10/23/13
Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres & Arenas 08/02/02
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas 08/23/10
Paolo d’Alessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
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
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
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
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Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
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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
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Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
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John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
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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
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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
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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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