Evening with an Entrepreneur Presents Tom Windish

By
Nick Balkin
October 4, 2010
Tom Windish

Berklee's seventh annual Evening with an Entrepreneur presents Tom Windish, founder/owner of the Windish Agency. Windish books or oversees the booking of more than 300 artists from around the world, including Animal Collective, Chromeo, Dirty Projectors, the XX, Justice, No Age, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Pink Martini, and Jose Gonzalez. At the event, professor Jeff Dorenfeld will ask Windish about his career, his development of successful independent artists, how the consolidation of the touring business impacts his artists, what he looks for in new artists, alternate music venues, festivals, and other topics. 

Presented by Berklee's Music Business/Management Department, in conjunction with the Professional Education Division, the event takes place on Wednesday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the David Friend Recital Hall. It is not open to the public. 

Headquartered in Chicago, the Windish Agency recently opened a second office in New York, and also retains employees and associates in Los Angeles. Windish has been booking tours for bands for the last 17 years after getting his start booking concerts under his college radio station's banner. He formed the Windish Agency in 2004 and currently employs 20 people across both offices. Bookings are handled for North and South America as well as many in Asia and Australia.

In past years, Berklee's Evening with Entrepreneurs panels have included Bernard Chiu, chairman and CEO,  First Act, Inc.; David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions; Joe McGuire, former president and CEO, Tweeter; Steve Walter, co-owner, The Cutting Room; Sammy Ash, chief operating officer, Sam Ash Music Stores; Jon Olinto, cofounder, b.good; David Shapiro, cofounder and executive producer, Fluid; Dave Stoltzfus, founder, The Malvern School of Music; Marisa Dery, owner, Tamar Mastering; and others.