Joel Peresman

Joel Peresman

Quick Facts on Joel Peresman

  • Born in Pittsburgh in 1957.
     
  •  Buys first record single at age 6 for 63 cents.
     
  • Takes guitar and trumpet lessons; concludes that he has no musical talent but wants to be around music.
     
  • Attends The University of Texas at Austin, is inspired by the Austin music scene.
     
  • In 1975 during summer break from UT gets his first job in the music business by persuading a Pittsburgh concert promoter to hire him as security.
     
  • Earns a BBA from UT Austin in 1978.
     
  • Hired to work in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency in New York City.
     
  • In 1981 leaves the William Morris Agency with two other senior agents to form International Talent Group, an agency that will go on to represent such acts as Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Genesis, and The Cure.
     
  • In 1995 joins Madison Square Garden as vice president of concerts. Later promoted to senior vice president of concerts and events for Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, then executive vice president of concerts and entertainment.
     
  • In 2004 accepts job as chief operating officer for Clear Channel Entertainment.
     
  • In 2006 becomes president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.