Live Nation's Steve Herman Tapped for Canadian Music Industry Hall
Steve Herman, senior vice-president, touring, Live Nation, will be inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week in Toronto next year. The Canadian live music exec, who began his career as an agent more than 30 years ago, will be honored for his achievements and longstanding career during the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Entertainment Complex on May 9.
Next year will also mark Herman’s 10th year with Live Nation. He joined in 2009 as president of artist service and soon became part of the touring team as senior vice president, where he is now one of company’s leading tour promoters, working with such top talent as Prince, Dixie Chicks, Backstreet Boys, Black Sabbath, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Bryan Adams, Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens), David Blaine, Nickelback, OneRepublic, The Smashing Pumpkins -- as well as the recently reunited Guns N' Roses whose Not in This Life Time Tour surpassed $600 million in gross box office sales.
Prior to Live Nation, Herman was with The Agency Group (TAG) from 2002 to 2009, serving as the North America CEO, guiding some 60 agents representing an exclusive roster of about a thousand acts. He also consulted and produced major outdoor events for the Government of Canada, both domestically and abroad, such as Canada Day (July 1) in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, and a concert series in Nagoya, Japan as part of Expo 2005.
Leading up to his position at TAG, Herman was the founding president of Clear Channel Canada, formed in March 2000 after the sale of Core Audience Entertainment Corp /SFX, which he co-founded in 1998 with Michael Rapino (now Live Nation’s CEO).
According to the press release, "Within just two years, Core became the second largest concert promotion company in Canada," promoting tours by Backstreet Boys, Janet Jackson, Our Lady Peace, Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Lilith Fair and more.
For three years in the mid-90s, 1995 to 1998, Steve served as the SVP of Universal Concerts where "he played an instrumental role in building and opening Canada’s first stand-alone outdoor concert venue," the press release states, the Molson Amphitheatre, now called Budweiser Stage, and promoted tours by Rush, Van Halen, Alanis Morrisette, Bruce Springsteen and others. "During this time, he also "pioneered the Edgefest, which became one of Canada’s largest annual music festivals."
After graduating from Carlton University in Ottawa, Herman began his professional career as an agent in 1986 in Vancouver at S.L. Feldman and Associates. Until 1995, "he guided and recruited a team of agents that represented over 150 artists, transforming a small west coast booking agency into Canada's largest talent booking agency," it states, contributing "to the growth and career development of many artists," such as Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip, Crash Test Dummies, 54- 40, and Colin James.
Herman also served as Chairman, TV/talent committee, at The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the non-profit organization behind the Juno Awards, for which he was also on the board, and played a key role taking the televised show to a different Canadian city each year.
Herman has twice been honored at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner (then called the Canadian Music Industry Awards), as the 1994 agent of the year and 1998 promoter of the year in 1998, both voted on my registered industry members. No other individual has ever received both honors.