YoungArts Salon offers an insider’s look into the music industry

Wednesday Mar 30th, 2016

Blog > YoungArts Salon offers an insider’s look into the music industry

Back in 2013, YoungArts launched its Salon Series—thanks to the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation—to offer audiences an opportunity to engage with internationally recognized artists on the YoungArts campus in Miami. Over the past two years, the Salon has featured a wealth of creative luminaries, including artist Marina Abramović and filmmaker Matthu Placek, artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford and acclaimed actor/director Robert Redford, New York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck and singer-songwriter and musician Sufjan Stevens, award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, dancer Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, writer Edwidge Danticat, multidisciplinary artist Daniel Arsham and PAMM director Franklin Sirmans, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy and James Allister Sprang and jazz pianist Jason Moran and legendary street skater Mark Gonzales.

On March 31, YoungArts hosts a Salon talk unlike any other since the launch of the series. Featuring music industry giant Tom Windish—a man whose agency has been a leader in key aspects of the music industry for over a decade—and breakout singer/songwriter Niia Bertino (2005 YoungArts Winner in Voice), the intimate event will be the first geared towards a niche audience. Namely, aspiring musicians, singers, songwriters and DJs and those who wish to represent them.

“This is our first salon where it’s more ‘brass tacks’ versus the sweeping 'who, what, where’ that we’ve done in the past,” said Esther Park, Director of Campus Programming. "We hope that people who are serious about their craft and focused on pursuing a career in the music industry really get some invaluable takeaways from two very different points of view: one from an emerging artist and the other from a manager/agent that helps these artists succeed.”

And Tom Windish is not just any agent or manager. In 2004, he created his company, the Windish Agency, out of his Chicago apartment. Now the agency books nearly 18,000 gigs a year and has been cited as of the most powerful and forward-thinking independent concert booking firms around.  As record sales decrease and the role of the agency in an artist’s career shifts, agencies such as the Windish Agency have helped musicians find a path to sustainability. With artists like Lorde, Alt-J, Diplo and Andrew Bird in his roster, it’s likely that you’ve been to a live show that Windish made happen. 

If you’re an aspiring musician, DJ or agent, you don’t want to miss this talk.

The Salon begins at 6:30 PM and culminates with a private performance by Niia. For more information, visit