Bill Silva

President,
Bill Silva Management

West Hollywood, CA, USA

Bill Silva

Bill Silva Entertainment (BSE) in 2010 is a far cry from its apartment living room roots of 1979, when Bill and an assistant kicked things off promoting concerts. The organization today includes a major concerts promotion and touring division, Bill Silva Presents (BSP), an artist management division, Bill Silva Management (BSM), and a 20-year relationship with the Hollywood Bowl to present concerts.

Bill began his career in the music industry while attending college at the University of California, San Diego, forming Bill Silva Presents in 1979. By the time he left San Diego for Los Angeles in 1999, he had become one of the top impresarios in North America, working with artists in venues from small clubs to stadiums. Early clients included the Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Devo, the Police, Pat Benatar, INXS, Diana Ross and Willie Nelson. Bill has produced over 10,000 events in his career.

San Diego proved a great market from which to expand the concert operations, and BSP became active in presenting shows throughout the Southwest United States in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Texas, Idaho and Los Angeles.

In 1993 the company added an artist management division to direct the careers of young San Diego artists Unwritten Law and blink-182. In 1999 Bill was introduced to Jason Mraz who remains a client of BSM today, and whose global success has become a model for combining artist development patience with a world class talent. Other BSM clients today include James Morrison, Robert Francis, Avi Buffalo, Gavin Creel, Grooveline Horns and writer/director Jai Al-Attas.

BSP’s relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association began in 1991, when he and partner Andrew Hewitt began producing pop and rock concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Since that time they have booked countless world-class performers into the Bowl, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, Cher, Pavarotti, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Coldplay, Radiohead, Roger Waters, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dave Matthews Band.

In 1999, Bill sold his concert company to Universal Studios’ concert division which was later purchased by House of Blues Concerts. He left that venture in March 2003 and re-formed Bill Silva Presents as his own entrepreneurial company.

Bill Silva Presents also organizes and promotes nationwide tours including: international pop icon Kylie Minogue’s first tour of North America in 2009; the 2000 “Up in Smoke” tour by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem, which was the most successful major tour of rap artists of all time; along with many tours by comedy powerhouse Margaret Cho.

Bill is a founding member and current president of the North American Concert Promoters Association, and was awarded the Pollstar Bill Graham Concert Promoter of the Year Award in 2001, and again recognized as Pollstar’s Independent Promoter of the Year for 2008 and 2009. Bill was the first person to be nominated by Pollstar in dual categories for Artist Manager and Promoter of the year in 2008.

Bill is committed to humanitarian and social causes and supports many, including Doctors Without Borders, Music Cares, Artists for a New South Africa, Human Rights Campaign, Victory Fund and Global AIDS Alliance.

“My joy and passion for live music have fueled my desire for our companies to produce and stage the best concert experiences possible for fans, and to represent and assist the talented artists who we manage,” says Bill. “We have a great team of talented people who work together to fulfill that vision daily. I feel so lucky to be able to make a living doing what I love for over 30 years now.”