Industry Profile: Linda Moran

— By Larry LeBlanc

This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Linda Moran

The 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) dinner takes place at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on June 18.

This year’s inductees include: Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi); Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati (the Young Rascals ); Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Galt MacDermot, James Rado and the late Gerome Ragni; and Stephen Schwartz.

As well, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. will present the songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland with the Johnny Mercer Award.

An arm of the National Academy of Popular Music, the SHOF was co-founded in 1969 by American songwriter Johnny Mercer; Canadian folk legend, Oscar Brand; and New York-based music publishers Howie Richmond and Abe Olman of The Richmond Organization.

The organization’s first president was Mercer. Upon his death in 1976, Sammy Cahn was recruited. When Cahn died in 1993, Bobby Weinstein became president.

Following reported in-fighting within the Board, New York lyricist and songwriter Hal David was brought in as the chairman of the Board of the National Academy of Popular Music and the SHOF, and Weinstein resigned.

But there was the feeling within the organization that there still should be a de facto president for the SHOF, and David recruited Linda Moran in 2001.

Moran, who had been senior VP of group and external relations for Warner Music Group, had just been named special advisor to Time Warner's chairman and CEO Gerald Levin and president Richard Parsons to work on music-related special projects and events.

At Warner Music Group, Moran's areas of responsibility had included industry and community relations, charitable contributions, public affairs, events and special projects.

Prior to joining Warner Music Group in 1991, Moran had been senior VP of Atlantic Records, which was then a division of Warner Music Group.

Before joining Atlantic Records in 1970, she worked for five years in the artist and repertoire department of RCA Records. She is a graduate of Claremont-Berkeley School of Business.

Moran has been an officer on the New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences board and a member of the executive committee of both the New York Grammy Host Committee and the Los Angeles Grammy Host Committee.

She also served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations, including Y.E.S. to Jobs, MusiCares, the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia and AIDS Research.

In 2004, Moran retired from her position as special advisor to Time Warner. She also resigned from all of the boards of directors she was a member of, with the exception of the SHOF and MusiCares, which she has been involved with since its inception.

The SHOF’s primary mission is "to recognize the songwriter.” The organization, however, not only celebrates established songwriters, it also is centered around the development of new songwriting talent through workshops involving songwriting craft and music business issues; singer/songwriter showcases; networking sessions; and scholarships.

The SHOF is offering a Master Class showcase on June 16 featuring Lamont Dozier at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center in New York.

Was it Hal David who recruited you to become the SHOF president?

Yes. I was a board member and Hal had come aboard as chairman and CEO. We met during the Grammy Award (week). I was leaving Warners and staring my “retirement” as an advisor (to Time Warner). We had a meeting and he gave me a pitch about being president. I said, “I don’t know. I’m not a writer or a publisher.” He said, “You get things done. That’s what we need.” I said I’d think about it. “I have to go see Quincy (Jones).” I told Quincy about the offer and he said, “You are going to do all of the work anyway, you might as well take the title.”

All of the presidents of the SHOF previously had been songwriters.

Well, Hal is the CEO of the organization and he is a songwriter, of course. I’m the day-to-day person. He’s the face (of SHOF). We work amazingly well together. Hal is such a task master. Where else are you going to find an icon who is a songwriter and an amazing businessman?

Was it a big jump for you moving from the world of a corporate music group to dealing primarily with songwriters and publishers?

I had worked closely with the publishing world while being part of the music group. So I knew who the publishing CEOs were. Coming from a corporate music group, it was easy for me to realize that publishing companies don’t have the budgets that labels do. So I knew we weren’t going to get the huge financial support that you can get from labels. Publishers are like the “cash cow” in a music group. They bring in all of the money but they are given the least amount of respect. They are also given the lowest budgets.

You are the first day-to-day working president of the SHOF.

We are a volunteer grassroots organization. We only have one paid full-time employee and one paid consultant who does our workshops. The dinner is our main fundraiser of the year. It kind of pays expenses for the year so we can do all the ancillary events we do, like the workshops. We have over 1,100 people attending (the event).

The most rewarding part my career has been working as president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It is rewarding because when I talk to a songwriter — not a songwriter/performer but a songwriter - they will usually tell me, “It’s great being a songwriter but nobody knows my name.” People, of course, know the recording artist that made the record popular. For me, when we are there (at the dinner), I have this maternal feeling having these people get their dues.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner has become a pivotal event in the music industry.

Everybody is there because they like songs and music. The executives who come are not just suits. They are the ones (at companies) who like music. They don’t come to our event to be seen. They come because they want to be there. It is the only event where there are producers, writers and engineers, all of the creative people, and the professional (music industry) people who are music fans. I think people like that mix.

One reason the event has become successful is because there are many artist-songwriters who want to be celebrated for their songwriting.

That’s true. They have become successful as artists and now they want to be applauded for their songwriting which, for most of them, is where their heart is. The ASCAP, SESAC, and BMI dinners are for songwriters but many of the awards are based on sales. The Songwriters Hall of Fame gives songwriters an award based on their catalog. They are being honored by their peers, in a room of songwriters. Songwriters get (onstage) and they talk about how they wrote their songs, what they mean to them and what the song means. Everybody is the room gets blown away because there’s an intimacy going on listening to all of this.

How are the songwriters chosen?

You have to have been a published writer for 20 years. We have hundreds and hundreds of names on the (overall) ballot. Each year, a committee of 12 people goes through those names and narrows them down to two lists of 12; 12 writers and 12 performer-writers. Our 1,400 voting members then pick three names from the writer ballot and two from the writer-performer ballot. This year we have six inductees because Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were chosen last year but they couldn’t come (to the dinner) because of their touring schedule. We do not induct anyone if they aren’t going to be there.

You are known for insisting that all songwriters and performers be treated the same at the event.

There is no way that I let anyone have special treatment. Honorees and performers get two comp tickets each. The tables (for honorees and performers) are all seated in the first five rows (from the stage).

Acceptance speeches can often go on. Quincy Jones’ speech a few years back was famously long.

I think John Sebastian’s speech last year beat it. This is a subject that comes up every year. It is hard to control. We try to get through to them that we have a lot of honorees and that we need to move the show along. We tell them to try to speak for three minutes or so. But then there are those who disregard our request. It is rude and inconsiderate.

In 2006, Kris Kristofferson received the Johnny Mercer Award, and he was apparently very humble in his acceptance.

These awards bring out the humble side of people. Kris was a wreck the whole dinner, asking others, “What am I doing here? Look at these great writers.” He couldn’t believe he was being honored. He got up onstage and said, “I don’t know what I’m doing here.” People were cracking up, but he was serious.

Then there was Barry Manilow in 2002. The minute he knew he was being inducted, he bought a table and had invitations sent out (to other songwriters who had helped his career). He is the only honoree who has ever acknowledged other songwriters. He acknowledged every writer at his table. Nobody has ever done that.

What performances at the event have stood out for you?

One that comes to mind was when Marty Bandier (chairman/CEO of Sony ATV Music Publishing) got our Patron of the Arts Award in 2003. It was his idea — and it was beautiful — to have Pink perform "Me and Bobby McGee" with just her guitarist. Oh my God, it was chilling.

An important component of the SHOF today is the development and education of young writers.

Five years ago, John Stephens was BMI’s Songwriter Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award winner. In 2007, as John Legend, he received the Hal David Starlight Award which is given to a young promising songwriter. Last year, he came to our event to perform a song by our Johnny Mercer Award honoree (Paul Anka). He did “Put Your Head On My Shoulder.” That’s my second favourite performance.

John’s our poster child. He represents who we are. He was one of our scholarship winners and he has gone on to have a wonderful career.

What are the challenges for the Hall of Fame?

We want to have a museum. It is just so hard to achieve. We’ve come close so many times. We get offers for locations but it doesn’t work out for whatever reason. The last few years the economics have been bad to do what we want to do.

Is the problem that it would be based in New York?

New York is where people feel it should be. We had an offer to be in Washington, and we probably could have done that. It was a great location near the White House and The Smithsonian Institution. But New York is really where it has to be. We have so many songwriters and board members from New York. And the home of American songwriting traditionally has been New York. We are now thinking of doing different things, like having kiosks in another museum or maybe doing a traveling presentation.

You don’t sound as if you are “retired” as you put it.

I left Warner Music Group in 2001 because I was burned out. I wanted to retire early. I was 54. Then Time Warner gave me a 3 1/2 year deal as a special advisor which meant I stayed on payroll with all of my benefits. They set me up at my homes in Florida and Long Island with (office) equipment. I did events for them and made some introductions. At that time, I also became president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

At 19, you came to work at RCA in New York?

Right out of business school, I started at RCA as a “floating” executive secretary for my first 9 months. I got to work with the heads of every department in the company so I knew exactly how a (record) company ran. RCA also sent me up to Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville, New York for three months. [Reader’s Digest was then operating the RCA Record Club].

I wanted to work in A&R because I had been in fan clubs when I was younger. That’s how I started in the music business. I was a fan club diva. I reported for 16 and Teen Life magazines as a teen reporter. I was a semi-regular for “Connecticut Bands" which was our TV dance show. I knew I wanted A&R.

Elliott Horne was running A&R at RCA back then. He worked with many of the most important musicians in jazz and R&B, including Sam Cooke and Sonny Rollins.

I adored Elliot Horne. The opening to work with (A&R co-coordinator) Tom Berman came just as the Reader’s Digest thing was ending. So I became a secretary in the A&R department and I stayed there for five years. My boss did the comedy, movie, TV soundtracks and all of the independent production work. So I got to know all of the independent producers because I did all of the session paperwork.

Your husband Mike Moran was a master recording engineer at RCA for 45 years. He engineered sessions for Elvis Presley, David Bowie, The Monkees, Lou Reed, and so many others.

He was also the engineer for the recording of “Hair.” So he’s excited this year about Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni being honored. I met Mike at RCA but we didn’t get married until I moved to Atlantic Records.

You joined Atlantic Records in 1970. In what position?

I went in as secretary to (Atlantic CFO) Sheldon Vogel. I became VP and later Senior VP. I loved being an assistant. I loved being the person behind the scenes. And I loved the nurturing (of executives and artists).

You joined the company three years after it was bought by Warner-Seven Arts.

You are the only person who realizes that Warner Bros. used to own Atlantic. I would tell that to people in the company and they wouldn’t listen to me. They hated Warner Bros. so much. They didn’t want to know anything about that.

[Atlantic was sold to Warner-Seven Arts for $17 million in 1967 in a deal that Ahmet Ertegun wasn't so keen on but Atlantic’s other principals, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet's brother/partner Nesuhi Ertegun wanted. With Atlantic being run by Ahmet Ertegun and its president Jerry Greenberg, Wexler decided to leave Atlantic in 1975. He resurfaced two years later at sister label Warner Bros. Records as VP of A&R.]

The company that Atlantic co-founders Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, and later Jerry Wexler had built had changed by this point.

I worked very closely with Ahmet and Nesuhi but my main man was Jerry Wexler. I adored and worshipped him.

"Ahmet didn't run the company," longtime Atlantic executive Dave Glew told Billboard’s Ed Christman in 2008. "He left that up to Sheldon Vogel, Jerry Greenberg and Jerry Wexler, who was the heart and soul of that company, and people tend to forget it."

In the early ‘70s, Atlantic was in transition, moving from its R&B roots to a broader label with such signings as the Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Prine, and Foreigner.

Oh god, I got there at the greatest time. We had the whole English invasion. We ended up with Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Genesis, everybody. Later, we got Bette Midler, Laura Branigan, AC/DC, and ABBA. Atlantic had the greatest jazz catalog; the greatest R&B catalog; and the greatest rock catalog. When you think about it, it was an amazing period.

What was in the DNA of Atlantic that led the label to have such a diverse roster?

I think it was because there were these people there who had the power to make these deals. There were executives who had their own niches, their own genres of music they were really good at.

With jazz, there was Nesuhi Ertegun who was one of the country’s biggest jazz experts. He brought in (producer) Joel Dorn who, at 14, had written him fan letters. Nesuhi hired Joel when he got out of school. Jerry Greenberg brought in Foreigner. And there was Ahmet who loved all kinds of music.

Managers loved to work with Atlantic. We would get first dibs on so much stuff. When artists had the choice where to go, they picked Atlantic because of Ahmet, Jerry Wexler, and Jerry Greenberg, as well as (producers/engineers) Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin. These were the reasons why people wanted to be at Atlantic.

There were also industry connections. Ahmet was friends with Robert Stigwood so The Bee Gees were there. Stewart Young managed Emerson, Lake & Palmer and then he was doing AC/DC and Bad Company. Bud Prager managed Foreigner.

It was the aura and the roots of Atlantic that enabled the label to get many of the artists it sought. Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton, for example, signed with Atlantic because it was the place where Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin recorded.

Exactly. As each new artist came along, if their idols were on the label, that’s where they wanted to be.

You joined the Warner Music Group in 1991 to handle group and external relations.

Warner Music Group was created in 1991. That was the beginning of the formation of (Warners’) corporate music group. Bob Morgado [Chairman and CEO of the Warner Music Group from 1985 to 1995] brought me upstairs to be the first female executive there. He created this title of group and external relations. And the job was created for me. He said, “Whatever you want to take on, just do it.”

I oversaw seven departments at the Warner Music Group. I was the facilitator for whatever projects needed to be done. I also had what I called “my divos.” I had Arif Mardin, Frank Wildhorn who had three plays on Broadway, David Foster and Quincy Jones. These are people who I did a lot of projects with. These were my men.

[In 1999, Frank Wildhorn became the first American composer in two decades to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: “Jekyll & Hyde” at the Plymouth Theatre, “The Scarlet Pimpernel" at the Minskoff Theatre, and “The Civil War” at the St. James Theatre].

Was there competition between the Warner label families at that point.

Positively. And the competition was fierce. You had Bob Krasnow at Elektra; Mo Ostin at Warners; Ahmet at Atlantic. They were all friendly on the surface but there was a terrific personal and professional competition between them.

The first year, Bob Morgado called me into his office and said he’d just had a meeting with Mo, Ahmet and Bob and he’d told them there would no longer be three Grammy Award parties (for their labels). There would be one Warner Group party. He said, “They really raised hell until I said you’d be the one overseeing it. They know you will treat them fairly.”

The first year (1991) of the (combined)Grammy party was the worst (for label politics).

Another time in Los Angeles, I had Elektra set up on one side of the doorway and Warners Bros. on the other side. I had to do this because they each had their own separate kingdoms. To the day I left (in 2001), it had to work that way (with Warner Group parties).

While at Time Warner, you created and coordinated company and artist projects around the world.

Yes, I got to do projects in Switzerland, South Africa, all around the world. I was involved in everything from being at the White House several times a year to being involved with philanthropy projects.

Were you able to get Time Warner-affiliated artists involved in these projects or use the synergy of company’s music, book and movie divisions?

The good thing working for Time Warner was that they were so socially responsible. I was encouraged to get artists involved in a lot of philanthropy and different things. I was able to create the literacy program for Faith Hill and get Brandy to be the youth ambassador for UNICEF. And with Tori Amos, I helped set up a rape, abuse and incest network. We were able to do things other music groups couldn’t do. I was given that freedom because this is how the company operated.

Who have been the major influences in your life?

When people ask me what person I’ve met who has had the biggest influence in my life, I name Quincy Jones with whom I’ve done a ton of projects. Quincy has the innate ability to make everybody feel special. My other mentor is (BMI president emeritus) Frances Preston. She is my all-time dearest friend, and my role model in life.

How do you view the recording industry today?

I feel sad for the people working in the record industry today. They missed the camaraderie that we had in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Once the corporate (music) groups got started (at the multinationals), people at the labels started thinking they wanted to move upstairs.

When I go to L.A. now, it depresses me seeing all of the artists, managers and producers working in the business. They all have big smiles but (they have) hollow eyes, as they are telling me how everything is great. It’s so depressing.

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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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
Andrea Johnson, ICM Partners 11/02/17
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
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
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
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
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
Peter Shapiro, Dayglo Ventures/Brooklyn Bowl 11/15/17
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
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
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
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
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
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