Marsha Vlasic
Marsha Vlasic

Senior VP of concerts/head of contemporary rock, ICM Partners

(Photo: Sasha Maslov)

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ICM Partners senior VP of concerts/head of contemporary rock Marsha Vlasic says she has had much to be thankful for in the past two years. You could start with the launch of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's reunion tour at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in August. But Vlasic also has presided over successful 2011-12 tours by the Gaslight Anthem, Cage the Elephant, Regina Spektor, Ben Folds Five and Iggy & the Stooges.

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"All of my clients have worked this year," she says, "and everything is in a nice place." Vlasic also welcomed two new clients this year: Band of Horses and Silversun Pickups. But one of her biggest thrills of 2012 was securing Young as a headliner of the Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park. In addition to Young, the event-which attracted 60,000 people-featured performances by Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and others. "It was a really great feeling that my client was willing to do it and we were able to redo everything on his schedule for such a worthy cause," Vlasic says of the Sept. 29 charity concert. "This was pretty major, because they needed the icing on the cake. They had a great show, but needed one more big attraction." Another highlight this year was her booking role in the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which celebrated its 26th year in October, and was offered online this year as a pay-per-view event. "As long as I'm breathing I will always continue to be a part of that event," she says. Looking ahead, Vlasic says 2013 will be an "enormous" year for Muse, which will embark on a U.S. arena tour in January. Folds and Elvis Costello may be planning symphony performances as well, she notes. Additionally, Vlasic is "always looking to take on new clients and grow new talent in a very difficult time," she says.