Industry Profile: Anya Siglin

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In the Hot Seat: Anya Siglin, program director of The Ark

Since its founding in 1965, The Ark has evolved into one of the most renowned venues for folk and roots music in North America.

Over its 45 year history, thousands of acts have performed at this intimate 400-seat Ann Arbor, Michigan club that operates over 300 nights annually. Among the acts featured there recently have been the Indigo Girls, the Dixie Chicks, Norah Jones, and Diana Krall.

Anya Siglin has been the program director at The Ark for two years. When the position opened up, she competed in an open field of qualified applicants from throughout North America. A search committee consisting of members of The Ark’s board of directors plus representatives from the local community assisted in the search. Siglin won the job over 40 others.

As daughter of The Ark’s former manager/program director Dave Siglin, who helmed the club from 1969-2008, Anya literally grew up at the club. She began working on staff 16 years ago, and eventually became the assistant program director. As well, her mother Linda Siglin was a concert booker at the University of Michigan for over two decades.

As the program director, Anya Siglin hires all the talent at The Ark. She also books the affiliated Ann Arbor Folk Festival which has been running for over three decades.

During the 1960s, Ann Arbor was practically ground zero for left-wing activism in America. It was the regional hub for the civil rights movement, the anti-draft movement, as well as the national student movement.

In 1965, The Ark was launched as a coffee house ministry by four Ann Arbor churches -- First Presbyterian, Calvary Presbyterian, Northside Presbyterian churches and the Christian Reformed campus ministry. First Presbyterian Church provided the major portion of the funding, and provided an old Victorian home on Hill Street in Ann Arbor, known as Hill House.

Soon a community developed as The Ark became a venue for students to hang out and hear folk performers.

Dave Siglin was hired as manager of The Ark in 1968. Under his direction, The Ark significantly expanded its music programming.

After financial backing from the founding four churches dried up, The Ark had to support itself with monies from admission fees and donations. This led The Ark board to develop the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in 1977 as an annual fundraiser. As well, The Ark was reorganized as a non-profit organization.

The second incarnation of The Ark at 637 S. Main St. opened in 1984 followed by a move to its current location at 316 S. Main in downtown Ann Arbor in 1996.

You have worked at The Ark for years.

I was the assistant program director for 6 years. I started working here part time almost 16 years ago, doing data entry. It was pretty much two weeks after my son was born in 1994. I was going insane at home on maternity leave. I didn’t have anything to do. I had a real good kid who slept all of the time. When I started working, The Ark was already at the second (location). The office was in the basement of my parent’s house. I lived across town, and I went over there and worked.

What did you learn about the business from your dad?

Everything. Seriously, I did. He pretty well taught me everything. He taught me how to negotiate. At first, he threw me to the wolves, and said, “Call this person and see if you can get this artist.”

What agent did your dad make you cold call?

I am not going to divulge that., but it was a horrible experience. I don’t want them to know that. But my dad also let me book all of the acts from Fleming (Fleming, Tamulevich and Associates) because they knew The Ark, and they knew the deals. He sat me down, and showed me exactly the structure of how our deals worked. They are very different from other venues. I get that from all my agents. They say, “I don’t understand your bids, but they seem to work. Everybody seems to be happy.”

Your mother Linda was also a booker.

She worked with the University of Michigan for 22 years promoting. She began working for the office of major events there once I started high school. She did all of the rock shows, including Elton John. She worked a lot with Live Nation (Detroit) producing rock events. Crazy, eh?

You grew up in the business.

The fact is that I did. My dad ran The Ark when it was the (Hill Street) house. It was in our living room. We lived upstairs. It was a big old house owned by the First Presbyterian Church. They wanted Dave to book (some acts) and do some movies and things for the community. So that people would have a safe place to go. He started booking more music, and people liked that.

There was seating for 125 people.

People would sit on cushions in the front room, and there were two side rooms. A lot of people played there, and they would stay upstairs with us. Steve Goodman played there then. (Actor/comedians) David Alan Grier and Gilda Radner played the open stage there when nobody knew who they were.

Then we moved to the second Ark (in 1984) where the seating was about 250 people. My parents rented a house directly behind. All you had to do was walk out our side door, down the driveway across a parking lot and you were there. In 1996, The Ark moved to its current location.

The Ark is now a 400 seater.

I am a 400 seater. It is an intimate, sit-down listening venue. I’m open 7 nights a week. I’m closed for Easter; three days after (the Ann Arbor) Folk Fest, and two weeks in December. We start by 8 o’clock (PM), and, by 11, I’m done. I’m out the door. Sundays it’s 7:30 to 10:30 (PM). It’s all volunteers and everybody has to get up to go to work (the next day). They don’t want to be up.

What is the club’s clientele?

All across the board. It is a lot like The Birchmere (in Alexandria, Virginia). We are in a college town, but we don’t get a lot of college students. I will do an Open Mic night with an open stage at least one a month, if not two. They are on Wednesdays. We get a lot of (university) students and we get a lot of high school students for that too which is very cool. While we’re a lot like The Birchmere, Michael (The Birchmere VP, Michael Jaworek) can get a little bigger artists because he has 500 seats. He’s also, as he will tell you, for profit.

Ann Arbor has taken a huge economic hit in recent years.

Our newspaper is gone. Pfizer is gone. They had a huge building here. That is quite a few jobs gone. And there have been a lot of jobs lost in the automotive business in Detroit. We have been hit hard with all of that but we have stood our own. We are doing fine. Being downtown has helped us a little. The programming has been strong enough that people still want to come out. I am trying to mix (the programming) up a little bit more. I am going to start doing a bit more jazz.

[Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan which employs about 30,000 workers. Ann Arbor has a population of 114,024 of which one-third are university or college students, The Ann Arbor News, a publishing tradition since 1835, folded July 23, 2009 with the iconic Albert Kahn-designed Ann Arbor News building being put up for sale. In Oct. 2009, Pfizer Inc. vacated it 2-million-square-foot Ann Arbor campus. The pharmaceutical giant had more than 2,100 employees.]

Since Dave’s retirement, it’s just you booking The Ark?

It is just me doing it all. When Dave was here, I was helping him. Now I’m not doing all of the money (accounting) like he was but, basically, I’m doing his job and mine. Dave did a lot of the finance stuff and the day-to-day money coming from the shows. Now somebody else does all of that.

I don’t advance the shows anymore which I used to do. That is now done by somebody else. Also I got tickets off my plate last year. I used to do all of the ticketing. I said, “I can’t do all of this. No matter how organized I am. There’s just not enough time in the day.” I am doing all of the contracts, the deposits, the hotels. I work all of the time. I have three kids and a husband. I have no life.

Booking 300 shows annually takes time.

It does. I have to do all of the contracts and deposits and things. I take contracts home and it drives my husband insane. I can’t get them done here, and they have to be done.

Marianne James is the executive director of The Ark. How do you split duties?

Marianne works with the board mostly and she does fundraising and other things. We have a marketing director, a club manager, a volunteer coordinator, an office manager, and an accountant. We also have three or 4 night managers that come in

There are 300 volunteers involved with The Ark?

That’s pretty close. They basically run the club at night. They are at the bar, they oversee the concessions and sell merch for us. And we have tech people who are volunteers running the sound. It really is incredible. We could not do this without the volunteers. They get to come in and hear the music for free. Basically, they are working before the show at the concessions. When the show is on, nobody leaves their seats because it is a sit down listening room. We have a full bar but we only serve snack type food like popcorn, and cookies.

Any thoughts on what folk music is?

I’m not answering that. I will answer a lot of things Larry, but that just is not one of them. We had Ben Folds play our festival two years ago along with Toad the Wet Sprocket. He came out and did his interpretation of a “folk song” which was “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” He said that technically it is a folk song. It changes each time. I thought I was absolutely fine because he had done a great show, and he smiled at me when he went back on (stage) for his encore. When he performed that song, I was sitting at the side of the stage thinking, “I am totally screwed.” I thought I was going to get all of these letters. And nothing (happened).

[In 2005, Ben Folds released a cover version of Dr. Dre’s "Bitches Ain't Shit,” which reached # 71 on the Billboard Hot 100. Folds included the song in his live performances until 2008.]

There was also an incident when Fred Eaglesmith played the festival in 2000.

We had never had anything go wrong or had anything happen like what happens at rock shows. Fred was onstage and some crazy lunatic guy rushed the stage. I ran out. My dad ran out. The other promoter ran out. We dragged this guy off the stage and he pepper sprayed us. Throughout the whole time Fred kept playing. Didn’t break a beat.

Are agents in the roots genre more realistic about your market?

Some are. I am working with more agents now than we have in the past. That has a lot to do with the fact that I have been going to a lot of conferences like OCFF (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals), SXSW (South by Southwest), Folk Alliance, APAP (The Association of Performing Arts Presenters), and Americana (Americana Festival and Conference) and meeting more agents face to face which really helps.

What do you look for at conferences?

It is different at each conference. This is my second year of (booking) by myself, I am trying to meet the agents and get my foot in the door so that they know that The Ark is here; that The Ark is non-profit; that it’s a 400 seat listening room.

Who have you heard recently that impressed you?

Joe Pug. An agent told me to listen to him. We put him in our folk festival last year. He did one song each night after the break. He came back and played The Ark and sold 380 tickets. He’s tremendous. There are so many good artists out there. I wish they could all play The Ark.

[Joe Pug (aka Joe Pugliese) is a Chicago singer-songwriter who has released two EPs, “Nation of Heat” and “In the Meantime” and the album “Messenger” in February 2010. He has opened for Steve Earle, Josh Ritter and folk rocker M. Ward among others.]

How many agents understand what The Ark is? That it is a showcase for emerging artists. That's how Dar Williams, Cheryl Wheeler, Martin Sexton and Fred Eaglesmith became known in the region.

Agents can’t go out and see every venue because that’s not possible but I think that when anyone sees a room they know what works in that room. I have had agents come through for Folk Fest with their artists in the last couple of years and they have been in the room so they will know what works better for us.

There are always agencies that are going to be harder to work with then others because they don’t understand our venue. And some of them forget that we are non-profit. That I’m not a bar. I’ve told agents, “Look, that artist needs to go to the Blind Pig.” I work with Jason (Berry) over at the Blind Pig. If I feel that a show should not be at The Ark I will send them to the Blind Big. Jason does the same thing for me. We have different audiences. The college kids want to go to the Blind Pig, drink beer, hear music and talk through the set. That’s not who we are. We are an intimate sit down listening room. Come in and hear the music. Don’t talk.

A new reality is lower artist fees.

I have dropped (fees). I look at what they did last year and I base my new offer on what they are going to do this time around. A lot of (offers) are a little bit less. I’m not raising ticket prices on anybody. Even if they have sold out, I am not raising the ticket price. I just can’t do it right now.

It’s a fiscally conservative period.

Absolutely. And my offers do show that. Some times (agents or managers) will pass and want more. I have to say, “Then, I can’t do the show. This is what I am comfortable with.” It is our 45th year and I’d like to be around for another 45 years. I may be non-profit but, hello.

Have you ever been scared by a string of poor-selling shows?

Absolutely. I don’t make money on every show. I don’t make money on a lot of shows. Most of my shows, actually. Then I bring in the people that I know are going to do the business like Arlo Guthrie or Cheryl Wheeler. Or the artists that we just did in the folk festival. We had ‘Po Girl in the festival last year and they are coming back and, hopefully, they will do very well. I do a lot of Canadian artists because the (Canadian/U.S.) border is right here. We had Great Lake Swimmers, 400 people turned up. Never played The Ark and they sold it out this last summer.

Fleming Artists is located in Ann Arbor. Do you do a lot of business with them?

They are wonderful. They have great artists that fit well with The Ark. They have really helped me out a lot. Everybody over there is wonderful, and they are a pleasure to work with. Jim is wonderful; (president) Adam Bauer is great as are (VP) Susie Giang, and Cynthia Dunitz (business manager) They get a lot of new artists, and they are nice.

Will you book an act to get another act?

I do a bit of that. You do take a chance on something that is new and bring them and they may draw 30 or 40 people. That’s okay. It’s the first time through in the area and the act has to get established. Right now bluegrass is really popular as well as new grass and the jam bands.

There are agents who look no further at a booking then what’s on their routing schedule or just seek high fees.

Oh you still have that. Absolutely. And those are the ones that I pass on. We wouldn’t be here today if we booked like that. Took everybody and gave them what they wanted. It is harder getting the new up-and-coming artists for me right now because I book more as an arts presenter than as a club. I get new up and coming artists that don’t know their tour (schedule) until maybe a month and a half out. And I have to say, “Well, I am booked through to June.”

I just had someone who called and asked for a March date. I said, “This is March.” Then they said, “How about the first week in April?” With my calendar I have to book two months in advance. My last calendar that went out was March/April. My next calendar is May/June. Right now, I am trying to finalize dates. May is pretty well done. I am just trying to finalize everything in June. I have pretty well all of dates in July booked. I have holds on a ton of dates. Basically, they are bids out there and I am waiting for answers now. It’s a waiting game.

How much marketing outreach does The Ark do?

Our marketing director (Barb Chaffer) does an e-news (release) once a week to about 6,600 people. For certain shows we will do an e-blast where, with a password, members can get tickets first. Barb does a lot with Facebook and Twitter now.

Social networking on the Internet seems to be having an impact in developing acts not on the traditional radar.

With Great Lakes Swimmer, I had heard them and I thought they were great. Let’s bring them in and see how they do. We’ll do a low ticket price. For my student shows I try to do a low ticket price. While though there’s money at the University of Michigan, students aren’t going to pay anything.

What’s a low ticket price?

A lot of my student shows are around $11 and they will go up to $13.50 and $15. For my other shows I am trying to keep (the admission price) between $15 to $20 right now. For artists that I have to pay a lot more, I get up to $20 and $25. Some shows are $30. It really varies. I try to keep everything under $50. I just had Terri Clark play and she was a $30 ticket. Nitty Gritty Dirty Band was a $35 ticket. So I am all over the board. It really depends on the clientele. Who is going to come to the show and what kind of money that I think that they are willing to pay?

Is the economy having an effect on what artists you book?

It is having a factor on (those artists) that people know come to The Ark every year. People know that if they miss them this year they are going to be back. Their audiences are down maybe 15% to 20%. (With new acts) people also know they will be here in a year. They know my strategy. I try to keep people out for a year. I don’t let them come back now for a year. Certain people can come back but….

Why?

Overplay. I don’t want to overplay the artist and have people get tired of them. I feel that if they stay out of the area for 12 to 15 months people are going to want to come back and hear them. Maybe the artist will have new product. Maybe they won’t but it’s more of a chance that they might.

What radius do you want artists to stay out of and for how long?

I have a clause in all of my bids that is 120 miles (radius), 60 days on either side. I compete with Detroit.

You complete with Live Nation Detroit?

Yes but we also work together. We are doing more shows together now than we have in the past. Live Nation has always been really good to us. We will take shows from The Ark and go to the Michigan Theatre (a 1,700-seater in Ann Arbor) and we will partner with Live Nation on that. If they have done an act in Detroit and we’ve done them here, and we’re going to take them to the Michigan Theatre, we will take them there together. Why argue? The people at Live Nation Detroit -- I get along with all of them well. Rick Franks (president of Live Nation Detroit) and I are good friends. He has helped me out me a lot. He worked with my mom.

You oversee bookings for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival?

That is our major fundraiser of the year. I have to make sure that I book it right and that people come. It is also a spotlight for new artists. We went to two nights in 2003. Friday is our pushing the envelope night. It is a bit louder and more for the students. Saturday, as it was in the past, is a bit quieter--more singer/ songwriter and folk. With our festival, there’s a headliner and a sub (act) and we do 4 or 5 spotlight performers. They are basically artists that nobody knows.

Any linkup with Live Nation for the festival?

My folk festival is just me. I do a storytelling event in February and that’s just me. Some shows are with Live Nation even at The Ark. We did (American singer-songwriter and visual artist) Devendra Banhart together at The Ark. We are looking at doing another show together.

You were once a teacher?

I was a teacher for five years. I went to Michigan State University for (a degree in) elementary education. I taught kindergarten and first grade for five years (at Little Farm School). And look, I’m working with kids all over again. It’s fabulous. Teaching was the perfect education for what I do now.

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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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
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
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