2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

David & Goliath: Thriving as Independent Promoters

Thursday, March 17
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 8C
531 E 4th St

In the concert business, aggressive consolidation has changed the landscape for independent promoters, who now face not one but two corporate super-promoters and the rise of Major Festivals as competition for nearly every show they book. But somehow, independent concert promoters continue to build their brands, open venues, and curate new festivals - not only surviving, but thriving, by keeping their finger on the pulse and focusing on the human element.

Some of the country's best independent promoters will discuss how they're keeping their calendars full and how they compete in a business where they'll never have enough cash flow to hang with the big guns.

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Alexandra Maxwell

Talent Buyer


Mike Barsch

Owner/Talent Buyer

Soda Jerk Presents

Nate Dorough at SXSW

Nate Dorough


Fusion Shows

Nate Dorough is president and talent buyer of Fusion Shows, an independent promotion company in Michigan, which recently became a division of The Crofoot Presents. He also produces Bled Fest each ...

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Stephen Chilton at SXSW

Stephen Chilton

Owner/Talent Buyer

Psyko Steve Presents/The Rebel Lounge

I promote the best fucking concerts in Arizona. Trust a Psyko and come see a show that will blow your mind!


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