Billboard is now accepting nominations for the Chip Hooper Award honoring the legendary talent agent, father and photographer who played a key role building Paradigm’s concert business, which today is one of the top agencies in music.
Chip Hooper passed away after a battle with cancer in 2016 and to honor his memory, the Chip Hooper Award was created in 2018 as part of a collaboration between Billboard, Paradigm and Hooper’s daughter Valerie Hooper and son Max Hooper. Now in its second year, the award is presented to a young rising star working as an executive in artist representation, management, or concert promotion.
“Our dad was larger than life,” Valerie said last year when giving out the first ever Chip Hooper Award. “He devoted himself completely to his passions for music and culture, worked tirelessly for his clients and submersed himself in his own artwork.”
Last year’s inaugural award was given to Kelly Stebalsky with Live Nation, who had worked with Hooper after meeting him at an industry conference. Stelbasky decided to leave her job at William Morris in New York and come to work with him representing acts like Phish and Dave Matthews Band.
“You meet people in your life that end up changing the trajectory of how the rest of your life goes. Chip was absolutely one of those people for me,” she told Billboard last year. The other nominees in 2018 were Brittanie Delava with AEG, Rebeca Leon with Lionfish Management, Jeff Krones at CAA and Alicia Karlin from Madison House.
The Chip Hooper award will be presented for the second time at this year’s Billboard Live Music Awards, Nov. 5 at the Montage in Beverly Hills. Nominations for the award are now open. While there is no age cap, please remember the award is for young professionals on the rise. To nominate someone, email their name, title and company, along with a brief description about why they deserve the honor and a list of a few of their accomplishments in the last 18 months. Email all nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for nominations is Oct 10, at 5 p.m. Pacific.
This year’s summit includes P!nk, Hootie and the Blowfish, deadmau5 and concert industry luminaries like Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett and Paradigm’s global head of music Marty Diamond. Set at the Montage in Beverly Hills, the conference features two days of high-level panels, artist interviews and executive Q&As with some of the biggest names in music, comedy and live entertainment. Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming days. Learn more and register here.