Larry Kosson was awarded the NAPAMA Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts by an Agent or Manager 2013
Larry Kosson – Founder & President 717-227-0060 email@example.com Larry Kosson was a founding partner of SMG Artists, a performing arts agency known for international touring artists in disciplines including classical, world and popular music, dance, and theater for young audiences, with a strong emphasis on arts-in-education and community engagement.
Larry began his career in presenting as a student employee of the Student Activities Department, and as a director on the College Activities Board, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After receiving a BFA with high honors in professional photographic illustration, he worked as a legislative assistant to New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, a long-time advocate of the visual and performing arts. Larry went on to pursue a career in commercial advertising photography, creating images for major corporate clients throughout the U.S. His work has graced the pages of thousands of magazines, packages and billboards, and his artistic photos have had numerous public exhibits.
In 1994, Larry met, and later married, pianist, composer and recording artist Robin Spielberg. Combining their talents in art, marketing and entrepreneurial know-how, Larry and Robin began collaborating on album cover art, independent concert tours, and the day to day business of music licensing and publishing. By 2000, the couple had founded a small music label, which has released a dozen of Spielberg’s recordings to date. Before long other musicians were asking the couple to lend their expertise in the area of concert booking, and Kosson began his career as a talent booking agent under the banner of SMG Artists. After several years on their own, Robin and Larry became partners at The Roots Agency/SMG Artists. The partnership flourished for five years with offices at various times in Nashville, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ann Arbor. In 2015 Kosson Talent was created to help further the goals and aspirations of a select group of touring artists.
Larry was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters in 2008, and served as that organization’s membership chair. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Presenters, and serves on South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange Advisory Committee and the Performing Arts Exchange Task Force. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards).
Larry has served on a number of professional panels including:
2017 SXSW – Intimate Spaces: Programming Small Venus
2016 SXSW -Connecting Communities at Performing Arts Centers
2015 York College Promoters Panel
2015 SXSW – In the Wings: Programming for Performing Arts Centers
2014 SXSW – Crossing Over: Secrets of Performing Arts Centers
Robin Spielberg, Chief Operations Officer/Partner firstname.lastname@example.org
717-650-4401 (direct line) Robin Spielberg founded SMG Artists with Larry Kosson and served as partner & Chief Operations Officer of the Roots Agency/SMG Artists Group 2012-2015. In addition to being a performing artist, Robin’s entrepreneurial spirit shines in her work with the Kosson Talent staff, her own playMountain Music label and in-house publishing company, Spobs Music Inc (ASCAP).
Robin produced over 65 showcases annually at the APAP conference in New York for the past decade. She is a voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY’S), the Screen Actors Guild, and a founding member of the Tony-Award-Winning Atlantic Theater Company, now in its 31st year. She has served as Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2002 and is currently serving as Secretary of the Board for The Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN). In addition to overseeing day to day operations of the agency, Robin manages the marketing of the agency, including the agency web site, social media (Facebook page, Twitter, Youtube channel, RSS feed and email newsletters). She handles juried showcase applications for the roster, conference registrations and advertising/marketing materials. Robin is an Adjunct Professor at Millersville University, teaching in the Music Industry Dept.
Robin has served on the following panels and has made numerous presentations including:
2016: OAPN – Showcasing for Beginners
2016: TN Presenters – Keynote/Music & Wellness
2014: TEDx Lancaster – TEDx Talk on Music & Wellness
2008: PA Psychological Association: Overcoming Performance Anxiety
2002: American Music Therapy Association: Music & the Premature Infant
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