Industry Profile: Michael Chugg

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Affectionately known to his friends as "Chuggie," Australian concert promoter Michael Chugg has been a pioneer in the Down Under music industry for more than 25 years. His efforts have not only included promoting some of the biggest concerts in Australia and New Zealand, but also his tireless promotion of Australian music to the rest of the world.

Chuggie's foray into the music industry began in Tasmania, where he ran dances and managed acts, until he moved to Melbourne. There he worked at Consolidated Rock Agency. "They started a newspaper, The Daily Planet, which sent the business broke," Chuggie explains. "I opened a new agency, Sunrise, with Roger Davies in 1971. It became the first national agency when we brought Let It Be, a Melbourne company that handled Daddy Cool and Spectrum in. Through this, I formed a relationship with Phillip Jacobsen, and when Roger left in 1975 to start a very successful career in the U.S., Phillip Jacobsen and I joined Gudinski's agency, Premier Artists, in 1977.

"We opened The Harbour Agency in 1976," he continues. "At the same time I was managing acts and a director of the agencies, I was a freelance tour coordinator with Dainty from 1972-80 and did all the big tours. From 1977-80 I spent a lot of time overseas with my management acts, Kevin Borich and Richard Clapton. In 1978 or 79, Kevin took me to the Lyceum in London to see a new band - The Police. I was blown away, and back in Australia, I suggested we tour all these new U.K. acts that Dainty didn't want to know.

"At the same time, Gudinski came back from the U.K. He had signed the publishing of 90 percent of the punk explosion and we decided to start a touring company. We borrowed Ian Copeland's name, Frontier, and The Frontier Touring Company was born. Our first two tours were Ian's flagship acts - Squeeze and The Police."

In 1983, Chuggie was starting to have success internationally with The Church and The Sunnyboys, when he decided to give up management to concentrate on Frontier….and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Michael Chugg remains a pioneer of the Australian music industry with his years of experience in organizing and promoting international artists such as The Police, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis, Jr, R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Billy Joel, Madonna, Vans Warped Tour, Sting, John Fogerty, Guns 'N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, KISS, Pearl Jam, Tom Jones and The Cure, to name a few, from over 135 international tours while general manager of Frontier Touring.

All this while, Chuggie spent a great deal of time traveling throughout the world, developing close relationships with every major record company, booking agency, management company and music convention. In 1997, he produced the first Pacific Circle Music Convention, now named Australian Music Week, which runs this year Oct. 9-15 in Sydney.

Chuggie also has long donated his time and talents to many charitable events, including being on the board of the Prince Of Wales Children's Foundation, a member of New South Wale's Arts Council Advisory Board. He is also a 12-year veteran and Trustee of the music industry charity, the Golden Stave Foundation, with which he has been instrumental in raising $2 million for the Paraquad Association, the Camperdown Children's Hospital, The Shepard Centre, Nordoff-Robins and the Starlight Foundation

Among the many benefit events his name has been associated with are Ash Wednesday Bushfire Appeal (1983), Rock The Way To L.A Olympic Appeal (1983), Australian coordinator for Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert (1985), Newcastle Earthquake Appeal concert raising $941,000 (1990), Turn Back The Tide concert - to save Bondi Beach (1998), The National Drug Offensive Concerts, and The Odyssey House Drug Rehab Program.

In 1992, along with actors Brian Brown, Rachel Ward and Doug Mulray, Chuggie organized 'Bush Bash' for the Sydney City Mission, raising half a million dollars. In 1994, he coordinated the Bushfire concert at Sydney Football Stadium, featuring Sting, Bryan Adams and Jimmy Barnes, that raised $700,000 for Ian Kiernan's Clean Up Australia, The National Parks & Wildlife Foundation, and the Community Disaster Relief Fund.

That was followed by the 1996 Crowded House Farewell to the World Concert on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House that raised over $500,000 for the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick, which was the biggest free concert ever in Sydney with over 300,000 people.

Last year, after 25 years with the company he co-founded, Frontier Touring, Chuggie went out on his own and started Michael Chugg Entertainment, producing and promoting 19 national tours featuring international artists and five national tours featuring Australian artists.

A major highlight in 2000 for Chuggie was co-producing the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the ParaOlympic Games in Sydney, "with incredible sell out attendances of over 100,000 at both events."

Respected and recognized by his colleagues, Chuggie was named International Promoter of the Year, 1997, by Performance magazine readers, and Promoter of the Year, 2000 by Pollstar.

First industry job

I ran dances and managed acts in Tasmania until I went to the mainland, Melbourne. My first job was poster boy for Browning & Gudinsksi's Consolidated Rock Agency. I ended up being sent to Sydney to open an office there.

What is the state of the Australian music market compared to five years ago?

It certainly is not as busy as it was, basically because of the Australian dollar.

How has the economy affected international artists performing in Australia?

The international side of touring has been very affected by the weak Australian dollar. We haven't seen U2, Madonna; Bon Jovi played a charity show in Melbourne because a commercial show wouldn't work. There's a lot of acts not coming.

With the dollar at 50 cents U.S., it's impossible to make a lot of tours work, and from that point of view, it's certainly slowed down. More and more young acts are only getting in record company sponsored PR, promotional and some showcase tours. Certainly the Australian acts on that side of the business is much stronger than it was. There are a lot of Australian acts touring overseas now - The Living End, The Avalanches, 28 Days, Mick Hart, Silverchair, Powderfinger, Vanessa Amorosie, Killing Heidi, Jimmy Barnes, Natalie, Kylie, Shihad, Paul Kelly, Superheist, Rose Tattoo, 7 and many more. Fruit - the girl band- who are doing really well and Savage Garden, of course. So a lot of money is coming back into the country from the Australian touring point of view, and certainly Australian music has never been stronger and it's slowly, really taking over the world.

We have a poor economy the government is bearing. A huge percent of the audiences have no money and are living below the poverty line. GST (tax system) has been a disaster. Small businesses are closing down in the hundreds. I think the Eminem tour - which I didn't have anything to do with - reflects the problems of the U.S. dollar forcing a ticket price of around $98, consequently drawing 50 to 60 percent houses as a result, with promoters losing a lot of money.

Australia is changing slightly in the fact that our Australian acts have been certainly a lot more respected from local audiences. It was never a fact that Australian acts were bigger than international acts coming into our country, but now probably the two biggest touring acts really have been John Farnham and Kylie Minogue, who are doing huge business.

As a company co-founder, why did you leave Frontier Touring after so many years?

Frontier Touring was a very proud time in my life. Myself, Michael Gudinkski and Philip Jacobsen built that company to be the biggest company in Australia and New Zealand. I think the last couple of years, the company was losing focus on what was going on. I felt we weren't keeping up with technology. Also, I felt we weren't doing enough with young acts and building a client base like we had done back in the early '80s with acts like The Police, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, and we weren't really getting on top of the new breed of acts. I was getting frustrated with that and thought I'd like to give it a try on my own, which I did and started Michael Chugg Entertainment. It really now rests on my ability and my gut feelings on what acts to tour and what is going to happen in the marketplace.

I believe I'm doing very well and I'm very happy with the way things are going. It also gives me more time internationally to work on obviously - my favorite love - promoting Australian music to the world and also creating relationships with new acts and maintaining relationships with established acts. I've been lucky that some of Frontier Touring's clients - Sting, Dylan, Bon Jovi - have come with me. And I'm lucky to have picked up some great new acts. [Faith No More singer] Mike Patton has stayed as well. And in 18 months we've done two Mr. Bungle and two Fantomas tour. The last in August was a seven- show sell out. I'm very lucky to have the Robbie Williams tour this November that has done incredibly - 100,000-plus tickets in New Zealand and will do a total sold out tour of Australia. I'm very happy and very appreciative that people have had the faith in me.

How competitive are the concert promotion companies?

The music market is very competitive in Australia, probably as much as it has always been. My main competitors are Michael Coppell and Frontier Touring. There are established promoters like Paul Dainty and Kevin Jacobsen, but they tend to do the older, bigger acts. Kevin certainly does theater. I am co-promoting the Elton John tour with Kevin and I'm happy to do that. Kevin is a wonderful person and a real genuine Aussie bloke, and I'm looking forward to that tour. It should be great.

In Australia and New Zealand, unlike America, we don't have individual promoters. When a promoter buys a tour he buys it for the whole country, sometimes both countries. We have local reps in the cities. There are five major cities - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth - and there's quite a few secondary markets. It's been great watching the secondary markets growing over the years to be big enough to be able to handle a lot of international acts - Darwin, Townsfield, Cairnes and Surface Paradise (in Queensland), Newcastle, Canberra (in New South Wales), Victoria. Tenworth (home of country music) now has a new arena. I've played Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson there. In Tasmania, Sting, Dylan, Bryan Adams and big Australian acts have played there. There are quite a few markets viable for mid-level acts.

In New Zealand, there are three major cities - Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. A problem is there's no arena but 5-6,000 basketball stadiums and other outdoor venues. In November, I'm playing Robbie Williams at Ericcson Stadium (45,000-capacity) in Auckland. In Wellington there's the 5,000-seat Queens Wharf Events Centre and Westpac Stadium (34,500-capacity) and the Town Halls. In Christchurch there's the 9,000-seat Entertainment Centre with lots of international acts playing there. But because of production deficiencies, acts skip New Zealand in the winter. There's also New Plymouth and Dunning.

We are also doing more and more shows in Southeast Asia. An associate of mine, Colleen Ironside, does a lot of shows there. Recent shows have been The Corrs, Scorpions, Elton John, The Cult and Travis. It's a tough music for Australian music because really, the only way you can make it in Southeast Asia is through America and London because the entire western music there is based on what's happening in those markets - England and America.

Who are you managing and how do you plan for international touring?

I'm now managing Mick Hart, a brilliant Aussie songwriter, singer and musician, who just finished tour of Europe fifth) playing sold out shows, and played with Jimmy Barnes on Jimmy's tour. Mick has just played the Mercury Lounge in New York and L.A.'s Viper Room that was fantastic. The reception was incredible. We're very pleased with the way it's going. We're a little disappointed with the sales of Still The Flowers Bloom, his first mainstream CD in Australia, but the reviews have been just incredible. I believe Mick has a huge, huge future and he and I have worked really hard to build a groundswell internationally, and we're happy with the way it's going.

I also manage Billy Thorpe, who is obviously one of the few rock icons still alive. Billy's working on his first studio album in many years and doing intermittent touring. He features quite heavily in the "History of Australian, Rock and Roll," a series being prepared and airing on ABC in Australia. Four episodes have aired. It's taken the joint by storm. Over a million punters a week are tuning in. Last week the ABC beat the 9 network in five states.

Rene in my office is managing Eskimo Joe, whose album has just come out. We are very excited that it's gone top 10 and gold already. We have a couple of other new acts - Sleepy Jackson and others.

What's the status of the Pacific Circle Music Conference?

I started going to conventions years ago and I discovered it was a fantastic place to do business. A lot of my relationships and a lot of the business I've done in the last five to six years came at Performance's Summit Conference, the CIC, SXSW, ILMC and Canadian Music Week, so I decided to start Pacific Circle. This year's event will be the fourth.

I was lucky that Darryl Herbert, a guy with vision, believed in my dream. His company, Definitive Events, now underwrite and partner with me in the event. We have changed the name to Australian Music Week. We have been lucky enough to acquire the services of Kim McCarthy, a very experienced and established English tour manager and special events coordinator, who with his wife Robin, moved to Melbourne last year. With Kim in place running the events, we are really looking forward to this October's event in Sydney, Oct. 9-15. The conference runs Oct. 11-13 at the Hilton Hotel. We have some great speakers and panels -- one of the most important being the safety panel - with Leif Skov of the Roskilde Festival and Vivian Lees of the Big Day Out.

Why have you decided to move to Los Angeles?

I'm not relocating, I'm opening an office there. I find I get more acts and meet new people. I'm highly regarded by the U.S. industry and I'm getting offered a lot of work by my U.S. friends. With my knowledge and the network of the international business, a lot of people feel I can be a big asset with the indie promoters in combating the monopoly and world domination aims of Clear Channel. It's important that there is an alternative world circuit to Clear Channel and there are a lot of players who want to see this happen.

Music industry trend(s)

The older acts are still very, very strong in our marketplace. The demographic of the baby boomers have a lot of money to spend. It's also an exciting time for the older Australian acts which have struggled in the atmosphere of "old farts," etc. which seems to be the attitude of radio and some other parts of our industry, but this is turning around. I think we've had a lot to with this with the Ted Mulray benefits early in the year where most of the major acts from the '70s and '80s got together to play and raised a lot of money for Ted. And out of that came a television special that rated incredibly well. Unfortunately, Ted passed away from cancer at the end of August.

Younger acts have more melody in their music. Obviously, the pop thing is very, very strong. I'm a little disappointed with the exception of a few acts like Human Nature, that not a lot of Australian pop acts have gone on, but it's certainly brought a lot of young kids into our industry and also turned a lot of young kids onto music.

Biggest challenge

To make Australian Music Week a profitable event and to maintain my relationship with street level and young acts' music.

Career highlight(s)

Many, many, many, many - being part of the production team that produced the opening and closing ceremonies of the ParaOlympics and hoped to make the ParaOlympics the biggest ever. It sold out; Guns 'N Roses in 1993 the biggest one-day show ever; Madonna's tour of several years ago - The Girlie Tour - the biggest grossing tour ever which still stands; and being able to put Australian music in a position of success overseas.

Career disappointment

There haven't been that many. Obviously you have wins and losses, but I'd have to say the festival Frontier Touring did with Michael Coppel a few years ago called Alternative Nation, which is now a legendary festival in Sydney, Melbourne and now called Mudstock. It rained on us -- the wettest Easter in history.

Best business advice you received

If you believe in something, it will happen. Never give up. If I had an idea and I wanted to do something and I thought it was right, no matter what people said to me, I'd go ahead and do it. Nine out of 10 times it works. You must believe in yourself.

Best business decision

To go out on my own and start my own company, which I'm really enjoying. I'm doing a lot of special events and raising money for children's charities. I'm in a position where I can give back and I think that's very important.

Worst business decision

(chuckles) Touring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you

I have an Order of Australia, which is the Australian equivalent of an MBE or knighthood in England that was given to me for my services to the music industry and for my work with children's charities. I was Father of the Year a few years ago, again for my work with children's charities.

Office paraphernalia

A surfboard signed by all the acts on the first Warped Tour we did a few years ago. I have some great stuff in my office if I can manage to keep it. My son has a memorabilia and paraphernalia collection of sports and music that's worth $9-10 million and I know a lot of my stuff is sitting in that collection.

Industry pet peeve

Radio's demographic-driven narrow programming; SFX/Clear Channel Entertainment's monopolization of American music is terrifying and as an outsider looking in with a lot of close friends in the business - my knowledge of which is pretty good - is doing a lot of damage to the American music scene and I hope it's kept out of our part of the world.

Chuggie can be reached at 61 2 9380 7544; e-mail: michael@chuggentertainment.com.

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Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
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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
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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