McIntire Department of Music

On Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28, distinguished faculty from the University of Virginia will join in hosting two free public panels featuring management teams from musical legends the Doors and the Dave Matthews Band discussing the state of the music business today, how it has changed since 1967, and where it might be headed.

Topics will include:

  • Forty Years On - Changes in the Music Business since 1967
  • Digital Downloading - Illegal theft or just smart marketing?
  • Creating a Brand in the Arts World - Hold it tight or give it away? Who owns art?
  • Managing an Artistic Legacy across 40 Years - Authenticity vs. the bottom line
WHO: Band Managers:
  • Bill Siddons - Past Doors Manager
  • Rich Linnell - Past Doors Concert Promoter, Manager
  • Jeff Jampol - Current Doors Manager, & President, Doors Music Co.
  • Bruce Flohr - ATO Records / Red Light Management
Business and Law Faculty:
  • James Rubin - Darden School of Business
  • Mary Jo Hatch - McIntire School of Commerce
  • Chris Sprigman - UVA School of Law
  • Marc Lipson - Darden School of Business
  • Jeff Jampol - UCLA
Moderator: George W. Sampson, Lecturer, UVA
WHERE: Music Resource Center, 105 Ridge Street
Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room
Central Grounds, University of Virginia
Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Free and open to the public.


Bill Siddons began at 19, managing the Doors from 1967 to 1972, and again from 1978 to 1980. He is cited as a primary source in histories of the band and of Jim Morrison. Still active in the music business, Siddons currently manages Alice in Chains, the Lloyd Dobler Effect, Jerry Cantrell, and Elayne Boosler. Over the years, he has managed or played significant roles in the careers of Van Morrison, John Klemmer, America, the Souther Hillman Furay band, Jesse Colin Young, The Band, Poco, David Lindley, Jackson Browne, Robert Palmer, Pat Benatar, Crosby Stills and Nash and others.

Rich Linnell managed the Doors from 1980 to 1983 but started working with them when he was 20 years old, in early 1967, carrying sound equipment for the up-and-coming band. Beginning with a 1967 concert at California State University, he presented Doors concerts throughout their career, including the last complete concert Jim Morrison ever performed, at the Dallas Music Hall on December 10, 1970. (The next night in New Orleans, Morrison didn't last the whole show.) From 1967 to 1974, Linnell produced over 250 concerts and tours by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimmy Hendrix, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and many others. Subsequently, he helped manage the Jim Morrison posthumous "An American Prayer" project, produced a national tour with Arlo Guthrie, and post-apartheid South African tours with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Richie Havens and others. He is currently working with former Doors drummer John Densmore on a project with Iranian stringed instrument virtuoso Reza Derakshani.

Jeff Jampol began his career as an engineer, producer, arranger and radio DJ. He segued to management in the late 1970s when he started managing bands in the burgeoning Bay Area punk rock community. Following a long career working for Atlantic, Columbia and WEA Records in marketing and promotion, Jampol partnered with Doors manager Danny Sugerman in 2003, and then assumed the presidency of Doors Music Co upon Sugerman's passing in January, 2005. In addition to managing The Doors, Jampol serves as a consultant to managers, publishers and labels on heritage acts, and to artists' estates (including Janis Joplin's) on catalog, branding, merchandise and marketing. A voting member of NARAS' Los Angeles chapter since 1985, Jampol, also teaches several UCLA music business classes, having been an instructor in UCLA's Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts Department for the past eleven years. His November, 2006 article on "Classic Rock Branding" appears at

Bruce Flohr is the Charlottesville-based head of ATO Records and Red Light Management. His radio experience stems from a position as the Music Director for KCPR College Radio, while at the same time; he was on air talent for KZOZ. At RCA Records, as Head of Rock Promotions, he worked closely with acts such as Cowboy Junkies, Stone Roses, Love and Rockets and Michael Penn. Then, as Sr. VP of A&R and Marketing, he signed artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters and Lit. After 16 years with RCA, Bruce left Los Angeles to join Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management and ATO Records, where he plays a vital role in the management of over twenty bands, including Dave Matthews Band, OAR, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Say Anything, and Army of Me. He recently signed to ATO Records such talented artists as Jem and Gomez.

Courses in Arts Administration at the University of Virginia are in their exploratory stages, with undergraduate courses being offered through The McIntire Department of Art by George W. Sampson, Lecturer. In a multi-disciplinary approach, selected courses are cross-listed between the College of Arts & Sciences and the McIntire School of Commerce. Arts Administration seeks to incorporate both the visual and the performing arts, and include both the for-profit entertainment and the non-profit arts sectors. Active in the arts world since 1967, Sampson holds an MFA degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University.


George W. Sampson, Project Director
Call: (434) 924-7307
Fax: (434) 924-3647

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