Hosted at 2112, a music and film incubator and co-working space in Chicago, our panelists discussed a wide range of topics on booking, promotion, and touring. From choosing your next city and must-have email templates, to specific programs and strategies people use to increase their tour’s success. One thing that was certain: there is no right way to book a small, regional tour. Thank you to our panelists Nina Swint, Zenep Husenaj, Vinnie Hines, and Jaime Garza – as well as our moderator, Faiz Razi!

Moderator:

 

Faiz Razi is an Educator, Composer, Designer, and Event Coordinator, among other things. As a composer, he has written and recorded at least an album a year since 1998 and has toured the U.S., Canada, and Spain. He plays a dozen instruments, is a highly sought-after session musician, and has developed several pieces of community-based experimental music technology. He was an international booking agent for three years, and has organized and curated over 600 events, performances, panels, and festivals, most notably the award-winning exhibit, Nomadic Studio. He has produced and hosted a series of short interview documentaries featuring artists and musicians.
 

Panelists:

 

Zenep Husenaj is a 15-year music industry veteran specializing in artist, brand and project management. She has worked with an array of clients ranging from legendary icons to new, emerging artists. She also has vast experience in road management, business management, bookings, touring, contract negotiations, production management and promotions. Zenep is also an ambassador to Little Kids Rock, a not-for-profit organization that restores and promotes music education in schools ranging from K-12 grade.

 

Vinnie Hines has built Artist Collective’s booking division on the back of an uber-successful music career spanning thousands of performances all over North America. As a full-time musician, he has been a featured fly-on for Carnival Cruise Line, soloist for Elvis Presley Enterprises, and even got his “golden ticket” on American Idol XV. Managing himself and booking actively for dozens of other acts and venues, Vinnie Hines has proven to be a weathered veteran very familiar with both sides of the curtain.

 

Nina Swint is a Chicagoland promoter with a focus on long term development of touring artists and creating unique events. As founder of Out of Context Entertainment, she leads a team of 5 talented women booking independently at venues across the city including Cobra Lounge, Gman Tavern, and Beat Kitchen. Alongside local promotion, Nina Swint manages a roster of artists overseeing booking, marketing, and tour management.

 

Jaime Garza is a musician, producer and cultural promoter in Chicago. In the past few years, his band Dos Santos has toured the US extensively performing in festivals, breweries, independent spaces, and venues. Mr. Garza is also a part of Pachanka Music Culture who have produced, co-produced and organized festivals, events and concerts booking local, national and international acts. His unique experience comes from performing and booking independent latino artists ranging from roots, folk, and rock to electronic and modern music.