The Consortium
The Concert Industry Consortium was founded in 1994 with the objective of fostering greater communication among the key professionals within the concert business and also between the concert business and other elements of the music business. The partnership itself comprises executives from major booking agencies, concert promotion, facility management and record companies.

The Conference
In order to stimulate constructive dialog between the various interests in our industry, the CIC annual conference was established.

The first step in addressing any issue facing the industry is to gather the key decision makers together in one place for provocative discussion. These conferences have allowed for a variety of viewpoints to be expressed, both from the panelists and the participants in the audience. On this level alone, the CIC conferences continue to be an overwhelming success.

Conference History
Concert business history was made in February 1995 when the first CIC conference brought together an unprecedented number of major industry players in Los Angeles to begin "Reinventing The Business." A year later, CIC 2 sold out faster than the first despite a 50 percent increase in capacity.

During CIC 3, a new topic, "Re-engineering The Concert Business," opened up more visionary discussions of the business's future, while the CIC 4 anticipated the huge impact of industry consolidation. CIC 5.0, with theme "Countdown To The Millennium," focused on how creative thinking and new technology were impacting the concert industry.

CIC 2000 saw the conference move to the Bellagio in Las Vegas and a renewed desire to accept change and adapt to survive. This new, challenging era in our business began to take shape and forward-thinking took center stage during "CIC 2001: A Concert Odyssey."

The 2002 conference, held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA, convened in the shadow of the tragic events of September 11. Strong willed as ever, the CIC determined that nothing would prevent us from meeting, hence the tagline "The Show Must Go On."

The conference returned to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in February of 2003. Topics for panels and main sessions ranged from 2002 in Review and Marketing questions to International Touring and Establishing Club Level Talent. Highlights of the conference were the If I Were King, I Would... session and the Fireside Chat with Michael Cohl and Donald Tarlton.

The 10th anniversary edition Concert Industry Consortium convened February 4-6, 2004. Familiar faces, new connections, the always-popular forums, and exciting new features like the Career Center and Poster Contest helped make CIC 2004 another runaway success.

From February 2 - 4, 2005, the movers and shakers of the industry converged once again on Southern California to continue the now-decade-long tradition of brainstorming, networking and planning for the future during CIC 2005.

The Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas was the site for CIC 2006. The sold out conference was a huge success as we "took over" the entire hotel for three days!

CIC 2007 returned to the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. CIC 2007 featured another sell out and another blue print from which to build even better CIC conferences in the future.

CIC 2008 concluded it's 3-day run at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on February 7.

Join us next year as we celebrate our 15th year of exchanging ideas and working toward a better concert experience for everyone at CIC 2009!


CIC Directors
Gary Bongiovanni
Gary Smith

CIC Staff
Shari Rice
Conference Director
Stephanie Bridgemon
Conference Co-Director

CIC Partners
Irving Azoff
Front Line Management
Michael Belkin
Live Nation
Fred Bohlander
Jack Boyle
JJJ Management
Tim Collins
Collins Management
Peter Conlon
Live Nation
Alex Cooley
Concert Promotions
Bill Elson
Ascendit, Inc.
Michael Evans
Greg Linn
Columbia Records / Sony Music
Rick Franks
Live Nation
Harvey Goldsmith
Harvey Goldsmith Productions
Arny Granat
Jam Productions
Peter Grosslight
William Morris Agency
Laurie Jacoby
Radio City Entertainment
Don Law
Live Nation
David Leiken
Double Tee Concerts
Rob Light
Creative Artists Agency
Ben Liss
Larry Magid
Live Nation
Jim McNeil
United Concerts
Tom Mendenhall
Sunshine Promotions
Jerry Mickelson
Jam Productions
Brian Murphy
Live Nation
John Scher
Metropolitan Talent
Carl Scott
Simmons & Scott
Lee Smith
Live Nation
Carolyn Specht
O.C.E.S.A. Presents
Donald Tarlton
Donald K. Donald Group
David P. Touhey
Musicentre Productions
John Valentino
Fantasma Productions
Cynthia Wallace
Dan Weiner
Dan Zelisko
Live Nation

In Memorium
Bob Kelley
Mid-South Concerts
Jon Stoll
Fantasma Productions
David Williams
Cellar Door Concerts