In the world of live music, Seth Hurwitz is a living legend. As head of I.M.P Presents, he commands an empire of venues, festivals, and events across the Mid-Atlantic region including celebrated names like the 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and the Preakness Stakes’ InfieldFest. He is widely known for his candor and creativity, making him an important voice in the live music industry since the early days of his career.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the media. In a recent profile in Washingtonian magazine, Seth talks about everything from his first live music experience (Peter, Paul, and Mary) and how he got his start (booking kung-fu movies at a historic D.C. theater), to the new 6000-seat venue I.M.P. is building in Southwest DC’s Wharf development.
Seth was an early believer in Ticketfly’s mission, and one of our first clients. He has long been a strong advocate for independent promoters, testifying before Congress about the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger in 2009. The conflict of interest this merger created was a major factor in Seth’s support for Ticketfly as the independent alternative. As Seth puts it, “Anyone could see there was something wrong with the promoter and the ticket company linking up. To have my competitor selling my tickets, having all my information—it made zero sense.”
We’ve been proud to serve as I.M.P’s technology partner since 2009. Our CEO Andrew Dreskin puts it this way: “Thank god for Seth Hurwitz. They don’t make ‘em like him anymore. The concert industry would be a way less interesting place if Seth had never popped onto the scene. He is a fantastic promoter and has been a great partner to Ticketfly. We couldn’t have done it without him.”
For more on Seth and his rockstar team at I.M.P, check out a few of the many honors and accolades they have racked up over the years:
Photo credit (top): Andrew Propp, Washingtonian.