AMF BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Brad Stein, President
Brad Stein is a business attorney in Austin, Texas. In addition to assisting starting and emerging business in several industries, including the entertainment industry, Brad is involved in local politics and nonprofit organizations, serving on the Board of several local nonprofits. Brad served on the Austin Music Commission from 2004-2011, and as Chairman from 2006-2011.
Scott Garber has lived as a musician first and foremost. He began his career playing jazz and in the early eighties was drafted into the indie band Giant Sand. He spent 15 years touring the globe with some of the world’s top acts including Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton, Storyville, Indigo Girls and many more. His musical travels allowed him to witness first hand the changes in the recording industry: from indie artist on vinyl, to sideman on CD, to the digital revolution, 360 deals, radio tag, and the free-download-song code world we live in today. As most career musicians must, Scott recognized the vulnerability of the freelance lifestyle and in 2000 went to work for Apple, Inc., eventually transitioning into iTunes marketing operations. He is now an international product manager in the billion-dollar iTunes retail group concentrating on Asia Pac. He continues to play and record on a regular basis and still sees many of the opportunities and issues that face musicians trying to stay afloat and creative.
Elaine Garza founded full-service PR firm Giant Noise in January 2006. Since inception, the company has grown to include offices in New York City and Austin with a client roster that represents some of the most respected brands in the country.
Prior to founding Giant Noise, Garza served as Director of Communications for a host of award-winning titles that included music publications VIBE, Spin, and the critically acclaimed Outside magazine. In addition to her work with industry trades such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek, Garza also managed the publicity campaign for the Jeep World Outside Festival, a 23-city interactive music tour featuring Sheryl Crow, Train, and Maroon 5. Garza’s PR expertise also includes a five-year tenure at HarperCollins Publishers, where she worked on publicity campaigns for Howard Stern, Alice Waters, and Joan Rivers.
Bruce Hughes is a lifelong Austin musician, singer & producer with more than 50 album credits to date. He currently works at Satellite Studio as a producer and seasoned session player of all styles, and plays live with the Resentments, Bob Schneider and his own band, BHANA.
Stuart Sullivan is a record producer and recording engineer in Austin. He is founder, owner and engineer of Wire Recording in south central Austin where he has recorded and worked with a diverse list of artists. Sublime, James McMurtry, Tejano Greats Little Joe y La Familia, The Meat Puppets, The Dead Milkmen, James Cotton, and Willie Nelson have all tracked with Stuart at the faders.
Sharilyn Mayhugh joined Circuit of The Americas/Austin 360 Amphitheater in June of 2014 as Sr. Director of Brand Management. Prior to landing at COTA she was a member of the opening team for Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater where she led marketing strategy for the award winning 2700 capacity venue and home of Austin City Limits TV. Before living in Austin Sharilyn spent 10 years at Live Nation working her way up from Marketing Coordinator to VP of Marketing where she was responsible for a team of 12 that promoted stadium, arena, amphitheater and theater shows in the Southern region. With close to 15 years in the music industry, she has gained extensive experience in strategic partnerships, branding, media buying/planning, public relations and event management.
Sigsbee Ben Jumper
Ben Jumper has owned Soundcheck Nashville, recognized as one of the largest, full production rehearsal facilities in the world, since 2004. Since purchasing Soundcheck, Mr. Jumper has also expanded the Soundcheck brand into the Austin, TX and Houston, TX markets. Along with two partners, Mr. Jumper was responsible for buying Centerstaging in Burbank, CA out of bankruptcy in 2009 and eventually sold his interest in 2012 to focus on the Texas branches of Soundcheck.
In 1992 Mr. Jumper started Crew One Productions, a stagehand and technical staffing labor company, along with John Wayne who was President of Production Arts Workshop in Atlanta. Under their direction, Crew One now operates in four Southeast cities. Prior to these companies, Mr. Jumper started Chatta/Tik Outlets in 1980, a hard ticket distributor throughout the Chattanooga area for concerts and events. Chatta/Tik was eventually sold to Fast Tix in 1987 with the rise in popularity of computerized electronic tickets. Along side his wife, Katie, he started a catering company called Catering to the Stars in 1981. He also started Mid-America Entertainment, a supplier of outdoor entertainment staging, and sold this company along with the catering company in 2004, to take over Soundcheck.
Mr. Jumper first got his start in the entertainment industry in 1972 as a sixteen-year-old working as a local runner for Sound Seventy Productions in Chattanooga. In 1976, he went on the road with Charlie Daniels to head Security and provide production assistance until 1980 when he came back to Chattanooga to start Chatta/Tik.
Moved to Austin in 1999 to attend the University of Texas. Graduated with a double major in Government and Sociology and subsequently decided that playing in bands and working at bars was the best available career choice. Began booking and promoting shows in 2005, opened Holy Mountain in 2012.
Andréa Villarreal practices in the areas of entertainment law, estate planning and probate, civil litigation, general business law, and intellectual property at Oaks, Hartline & Daly. She represents and advises a number of notable artists (including GRAMMY-winners), music businesses, recording studios, venues, managers, producers and even reality TV stars on all aspects of the entertainment industry, including copyright, trademark, contract, business formation, licensing, management, production, publishing, touring, recording, “do it yourself” business models, and estate planning for musicians. She sits on the Board of Governors of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), and serves on the Boards of the SIMS Foundation and Grounded in Music. Prior to transitioning into the industry side of music, she played bass in a ska band, played classical piano, and was a studio vocalist.
Austin Music Foundation Founders:
Nikki Rowling, Co-Founder
Nikki Rowling is the founder and President Titan Music Group, which provides music industry-related economic development and public policy consulting to a variety of government, trade associations, and private sector companies. She was the lead author of the acclaimed study “Accelerating Toronto’s Music Industry Growth: Leveraging Best Practices from Austin, Texas” as well as a principle architect of the Austin-Toronto Commercial Music Trade Alliance, launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership between the two cities.
She is the Co-Founder of Austin Music Foundation, where she served as Executive Director from 2003-2006 and Program Director from 2001-2003, where she worked to establish, stabilize, and grow the organization and its capabilities. She has continued to support the organization as a Mentor in its Music Industry Collaborative program in 2012 and 2013.
Nikki has served in a number of other community service organizations, including as a City Council appointee to the Austin Music Commission, Board Member of the Central Texas Angel Network, Advisory Council of Texas Venture Labs a the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Board Vice President of the Austin Music Foundation, Executive Committee member of Austin Music People, Policy Committee member of the Grammys Texas Chapter, as well as Advisory Board member to many other Austin-based nonprofits.
In 2011 Nikki was the recipient of the State Bar of Texas’ Cindi Lazarri Artist Advocate Award. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin, Class of 2011. Nikki holds a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors Program. Hook ‘Em.
Colin Kendrick, Co-Founder
Mr. Kendrick is a co-founder of Austin Music Foundation and served as its Executive Director between 2001 and 2003. He currently works within Dell’s Global Procurement department and before that with Apple Computer’s AppleCare Business Development team. During the height of the dot-com frenzy, he served as an executive officer and early member of SchoolPeople where he participated in business development and fundraising efforts that landed the company in the Austin Technology Incubator. Prior to SchoolPeople, Colin was a consultant for high net-worth individuals through PriceWaterhouseCoopers. His work there included portfolio management and tax compliance for individuals and family foundations.
During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Kendrick worked two seasons at KLRU as an audio intern for the nationally-televised music program Austin City Limits. His experiences there and his graduate studies on sustainable funding for non-profits served as the catalyst for the concepts underlying the Austin Music Foundation. Mr. Kendrick holds an M.B.A. with a dual concentration in finance and accounting and a B.S. in radio, television, and film with a concentration in audio engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
AMF would like to acknowledge the generous support of our past board members: Suzanne Quinn, Brian Stovall, Ed Bailey, Chip Bray, Catherine Robb, Matt Ott, Mellie Price, Ryan Gravelle, Don Pitts, Jamie Rhodes, Casey Monahan, Nikki Rowling, Chris Castle, Alan Luecke, Chris Adams, and many more.