Hailed by the New York Times as “an impresario,” Stephen Lurie is founder and president of Music Without Borders, LLC & MWB Special Events.
MWB produces concerts in NYC and throughout the US. With more than 25 years of experience in the music industry, Lurie’s expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of music and artists have helped him create a niche for himself as a much sought-after specialist.
As a concert producer, Lurie has presented over 5,000 concerts nationwide. He enjoys excellent relationships with all of the major and boutique agencies in North America and Europe. With an unrivaled knowledge of music, paired with unusual skills of negotiation, he has helped many arts organizations thrive.
CONCERT PRODUCTION TIMELINE
In March, Lurie was appointed Programming Director at Landmark On Main Street in Port Washington, NY.
Lurie was appointed Programming Director of the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, New Jersey.
Lurie was appointed Director of Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (The Clearwater Festival), founded by Pete Seeger. Since his appointment, the attendance has more than doubled with more than 25,000 attendees. Under Lurie’s stewardship, the festival has grown exponentially, and in 2012 was picked as “One of the Top 4 Festivals” in the US by Outside magazine. He also produces large-scale fundraising concerts for Clearwater in NYC and other areas.
Lurie developed the critically acclaimed Naked Soul series at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. Time Out has called Naked Soul an innovative and cool series.
That same year, he also began co-producing the Annual John Lennon Tribute, growing this charity event from a 300-seat venue to a sold-out Beacon Theatre in just two years.
Since 2007, Lurie has been the Music Director at the Tarrytown Music Hall, booking and marketing 70+ concerts per year. He has been instrumental in the Music Hall’s programming success in recent years, leading to the revitalization of downtown Tarrytown.
Lurie became the producer of the NYC Rockin’ the River Cruises (formerly the New York City Blues Cruise) for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, one of NYC’s top tourist attractions.
Lurie was Music Director and partner of Satalla, a 200-seat Manhattan venue located in Manhattan that produced over 1,500 concerts by world music, singer-songwriters, folk, jazz and blues musicians. In 2004, Condé Nast Traveler magazine picked Satalla as one of the “50 Hot Spots for the World.”
Lurie continues to produce concerts at numerous venues throughout the NY area and Northeast including: The Beacon Theatre, Symphony Space, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 92nd Street Y, Lebanon Opera House (Lebanon, VT), the Kirby Center (Wilkes-Barre, PA), the Troy Music Hall (Troy, NY), Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center and other locations around the US including national tours of Les Mystere des Voix Bulgares.
Retail / Marketing
Prior to producing concerts, Lurie was VP and co-owner of Al Franklin’s Musical World in Greenwich and Hartford, Connecticut, and helped build this taste-maker business into one of the finest and most highly regarded record and audio chains in the country. With an acute awareness of consumer preferences and an innate sense of what makes a hit, Lurie helped break dozens of new artists in key music markets through unique programs offered to record labels and distributors.
Education / Consulting
In 2000, Lurie developed the Music Business Certificate for New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he taught “How to Start a Record Label” from 2000 to 2007. From 1998 to 2004 he was on the faculty of the University of Hartford’s prestigious Hartt School of Music, where he taught undergraduate classes in the Music Management Program. He was also a consultant to The New School University in Manhattan, where he developed music business programs for graduate and undergraduate students.
Mr. Lurie has lectured on music industry issues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. In 1998, Lurie was invited to keynote at WOMEX (Worldwide Music Expo) in Stockholm, Sweden on the topic of record retail in the United States. In May 2002, Lurie was a featured speaker at The Book Expo in New York City. In February 2005 he presented several lectures on music publishing and copyright at the Folk Alliance/Strictly Mundial Convention in Montreal. In January 2006 he presented a lecture on independent retail and distribution at MIDEM in Cannes, France. Recently, Lurie was asked to be a Grant Reviewer for the Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism, an honor that is only bestowed upon the most distinguished members of the arts community.
Mr. Lurie wrote a popular music column for Greenwich Times newspaper and has contributed articles to Rhythm Music magazine and Percussive Notes magazine. He has been interviewed on television and radio and in print on industry trends, with features in The New York Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Forbes.com and numerous other news outlets.
As a performer, Lurie has played with orchestras, pop, jazz and world music ensembles in North America, Europe and Asia. He received a B.M. in Percussion Performance and Music Management (double major) at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and his M.M. in World Music Performance and Research from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University.