No. 11: Coran Capshaw | Power 100
CORAN CAPSHAW, 58
Founder, Red Light Management
Last Year's Rank: 7
With 250 acts, including Dave Matthews Band, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie and Marshmello, Red Light is the world's largest indie music-management company. It's also just one facet of Capshaw's portfolio, which includes interests in ATO Records, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo and various live venues. "Coran's an empire-builder," says Jon Landau (No. 66), who befriended Capshaw when their respective acts Bruce Springsteen and Matthews played the Vote for Change Tour in 2004. But Capshaw focuses on details as much as the big picture. When Matthews wanted to put together a benefit concert to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, Capshaw and his team secured a venue -- blocks from the White House -- and announced the Stand Up for Standing Rock concert in just 10 days' time. ("No one's giving up on this," he says of the cause.)
On the business side, Red Light's 2016 successes include Stapleton's rise from playing clubs to headlining arenas, Grammy nom Morris' breakthrough and, says Capshaw, "significant growth within the electronic division."
“Coran has a passion for music and doing good deeds. He also has a remarkable talent for recognizing opportunities and an impeccable work ethic. I’ve never met anyone who loves what he does as much as he does. As a manager and a person, he’s truly one of a kind.” -- Chris Stapleton on Coran Capshaw