Is Loyalty Dead in a Soul-Starved Industry?
Join a frank conversation on the difficulties of maintaining a profitable bottom line, and an open heart and mind in an industry that, in its rush to compete, frequently forgets the simple decencies of respect, kindness, accountability and loyalty. Explore how we can all have a better experience working together whether it's with a manager or agent, a record label, or while on tour, in the studio, at the venue or even at the merch table.
Val Denn Agency
1995 to Present: Booking agent and manager for 12 artists both Canadian and in the US. Have booked over 45 artists in our agency over last 15 years. Currently oversee 12 artists for 2010 roster including 3 artists from Canada. Our company books performance dates for Canadian and US artists all over the world.
Ralph Jaccodine Management
President of Ralph Jaccodine Management, a Cambridge, Ma. based firm started in 1992. Ralph is the founder of the 50 member Boston Manager Group and is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music teaching in the Music Business/Management Department.
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk/Roots and Americana music circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Rosanne Cash and others and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. The Grammy-nominated artist has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”