Board of Advisors

The CMC Board of Advisors is a diverse group of musicians, small music business owners, music industry leaders, and civic leaders who advise the CMC as it carries out its mission to transform the relationship between Chicago and its music community.  Currently, the Board of Advisors includes, in alphabetical order:

Martin Atkins, musician, author Tour Smart educator Professor at Columbia College and record label owner Invisible Records

Rachel Barton Pine,  has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, New Zealand and Iceland Symphonies, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, and Placido Domingo.  Acclaimed collaborations include Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, William Warfield, Christopher O’Riley and Mark O’Connor.  Her festival appearances include Ravinia, Marlboro, and Salzburg.  She has been featured on St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, From the Top, CBS Sunday Morning, and NBC’s Today.  Her 11 critically acclaimed albums for the Cedille, Dorian, and Cacophony labels include “Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos” with Carlos Kalmar and the Chicago Symphony, and “Scottish Fantasies” with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  She holds top prizes from the J.S. Bach (gold medal), Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, Kreisler, Szigeti, and Montreal international competitions, and has twice been honored as a Chicagoan of the Year.  Her charitable activities include serving as a trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago and president of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.  She plays the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on generous loan from her patron.

Alisa Baum, production coordinator at the Old Town School of Folk Music

Steve Cole , internationally known touring musician, a Narada Jazz recording artist and the head of the music business department of Columbia College

Eddie Blazonczek, Jr., leader of Eddie Blazonczek and the Versatones and the owner of BelAire Records

George Daniels, owner of George’s Music Room

Matt Dufour, owner of UR Chicago, one of Chicago’s leading nightlife publications and the co-owner of EnPrise Entertainment, music management and event promotion company.

Paul Farahvar is President and Founder of Shoeshine Boy Productions and partner of the law firm Cuisinier, Farahvar & Benson, Ltd. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and has been practicing law, focusing on general civil litigation and entertainment law since 1999.   After years of flailing bands including the bands Shoeshine Boy and Karma Tease, he focused on his company, Shoeshine Boy Productions, which is involved with artist development, management, bookings, and production.

Michael Friedman, owner of Premonition Records, one of America’s leading independent jazz record labels

Kevin Giglinto, the Vice President for Sales and Marketing of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Tera Healy, executive Director of the Chicago Chapter of NARAS

Ronna Hoffberg, president of Audience Logic, a marketing agency that specializes in strategic planning and audience development

Jeremy Hodges, president/founder of Entity Entertainment, a leading solutions based advertising, marketing, promotions and multi-media agency. and Progressive Life and Style Magazine

Steve Hurley, producer, musician and an internationally know remixer

Bruce Iglauer, President and founder of Chicago-based Alligator Records, the world’s largest contemporary blues label. He has 35 years experience in the record industry as a label owner, producer, artist manager and music publisher. He is also a founder of the Association For Independent Music (AFIM), the Blues Music Association and the Blues Community Foundation, and a winner of Chicago Magazine’s “Chicagoan Of The Year” award.

Tom Leavens, attorney specializing in music business issues regarding licensing and intellectual property. Among his clients are LRSmedia, the producers of the PBS series Legends of Jazz, starring Ramsey Lewis. He has recently formed an association with The Henry Lydiate Partnership in London, England, the premiere creative arts business consultancy in the UK.

Rita Lee, owner, Nu Face Entertainment, a music promotion and marketing company

Patty Martin is a Chicago native who’s worked in radio almost 30 years, over half of that in Chicago area.  She spent 16 years as Music Director at various stations around the country, close to 8 of those at WXRT. Since 1991, she’s been program director of WDRV The Drive, 97.1FM.

Gary Matts is president of the Chicago Federation of Musicians

Andrés Meneses, a producer and leader in the Chicago Latino music scene.  He has produced Angel Melendez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra under his own record label Latin Street Music earning him a Grammy nomination in 2004 and the privilege of being an official Grammy voter. He is the producer of the Chicago Salsa Festiva every year in June & The Chicago Qualifier for The World Salsa Championships in Orlando televised by ESPN. Andres is also Co-owner of Latin Street Dancing Studios with Lisa “La Boriqua”, member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Chicago Jazz Institute, The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Illinois.

Heather Nelson-Beverly , attorney specializing in music business related issues

Elena M. Occhipinti, founder and managing partner of the Occhipinti Law Group

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., musician, director of Chicago-Kent‘s Program in Financial Services Law, former Dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law from 1997-2002, Member, Board of Directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

William E. Rattner, Executive Director of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an organization that offers pro bono legal services for the arts

Lawrence Rothfield, Faculty Director of the The Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary research center dedicated to informing policies that affect the arts, humanities and cultural heritage.

Alan Salzenstein, Professor at DePaul University since 2003, where he coordinates the Performing Arts Management Program in the School of Music, and heads the MFA/Arts Leadership Program in The Theatre School. DePaul Music Business School

Chris Schuba, owner of Schuba’s Tavern

Tim Tuten, co-owner of The Hideout

Nan Warshaw, co-owner of Bloodshot Records, America’s premier alt-country record label

Maurice White, a Chicago Representative for Koch Entertainment one of the leading and fastest-growing independent music companies in the U.S.

Tom Windish, booker of tours for musicians for 15 years, and has run The Windish Agency for 5 years.  He books, and oversees the booking of concerts in North and South America, Asia and Australia for over 200 artists from around the world

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