Kevin Hoskins has over 10 years of business leadership and management experience. As a booking agent, talent buyer, promoter, and tour manager, he has negotiated, booked, advanced, and promoted over 3,500 concerts & events…and has toured the country over a dozen times. Throughout his work in a variety of roles, he has been able to combine his passion for entrepreneurship and creativity with a focus on business development, strategy, and sustainability.
Hoskins grew up in Vermont. While studying Political Science and French at the University of Vermont, he discovered the vaults of his college radio station and fell in love with music. This led to setting up shows for touring bands, handling publicity and radio promotion for record labels and management companies, booking tours, and managing bands, as well as handling opening gala logistics and publicity for MASS MoCA.
After moving to Boston, Hoskins started tour managing, basically handling the business for artists on the road: advancing show details with promoters, coordinating tour logistics, and taking care of show settlements and tour expenses, as well as keeping the artists safe and happy.
During breaks from touring, he managed an office for a booking agency during the day – processing contracts and advancing tours – while handling hospitality for the musicians playing The Middle East at night.Located in the heart of Cambridge, MA, The Middle East features four rooms of music (and three restaurant spaces) and is one of the only remaining independent venues in the Boston area. Hoskins was named the booker for the venue in 2004 and worked to make The Middle East a second home for both local and touring bands, as well as a cultural hub and an economic driver for the neighborhood.
Responsible for all of the concerts and events from start to finish, he served as the main point of contact for artists’ representatives (including booking agents, managers, labels, and publicists), as well as bands, independent promoters, press, and sponsors. He negotiated the offers, confirmed the deals, and signed the contracts for the venue. He also developed a marketing plan for the venue, promoted its concerts and events, developed partnerships and sponsorships with a variety of partners, and overall, kept this large ship on course.
- Booked 500+ shows a year, averaging over 150,000 tickets a year
- Demonstrated a yearly increase in the number of concerts, as well as revenue
- Won awards for Best Rock Venue, Best Hip-Hop Venue, and Best Mid-Sized Music Venue
In 2009, Hoskins created a series called Rock Shop (with Steve Theo of Pirate!) to increase camaraderie within the music community by hosting meet-ups, speakers, films, and discussions to benefit musicians and other music professionals.
In 2010, Hoskins moved to Austin, TX to book Emo’s, a 1,000 capacity concert venue and its 300 capacity indoor club. His work there included booking and coordinating logistics for 42 showcases over the course of 10 days during South by Southwest.
In 2011, Hoskins returned to Boston and booked shows as an independent promoter at venues in the Boston area, eventually teaming up with CQ Presents to book Great Scott, T.T. the Bear’s, and O’Brien’s. In 2012, he launched Boston Showlist, listing for concerts in the greater Boston area.
In 2013, he was hired to consult for The Middle East and Arts at the Armory. He developed a new business plan for the Armory, renewed relationships with agents, and found new partners for events. He participated in the Central Square Business Association’s strategic planning process in order to improve the business environment of Central Square. And he also consulted with music start-ups.
In 2014, he was recognized by the City of Cambridge:
Kevin’s work has helped to establish and maintain The Middle East as a premier music venue in Cambridge and fostered the artistic spirit of Central Square…helping to make Central Square a thriving Cultural District.
In 2014, Hoskins was invited to teach in the Entertainment Management program at Bay State College, teaching artist management. The following semester, he developed a course on venue management that combined in-class interviews, featuring music business professionals, with site visits taking students to venues all over the city, from the intimate O’Brien’s rock club up to the 2,500 capacity House of Blues Boston venue.
In 2015, Hoskins launched Authentic Sounds, a music website. In 2016, he co-created a music festival called Title Town and tour managed L.A. Witch, Torres, and White Hinterland.
In 2017, his passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability led him to The Sustainable Innovation MBA program at the University of Vermont. There he studied business strategy, leadership, and the foundations of management (including finance, venture capital, CSR, supply chain, marketing, and systems thinking). He also consulted for a startup impact investing fund to develop impact measurement recommendations. He graduated with an MBA in 2018.
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