Siegel Artist Management, agent/artist representative member
Liz Silverstein, East/South Representative Jennifer Morris, West/Symphonies Alisa Carr Kaeser
Formed in 1970 by Ethel and Elliot Siegel, Siegel Artist Management
began as a classical music agency. Dance was added to the roster after Jane Lawrence Curtiss began working with the organization. New representatives help extend the company’s reach to the dance scene as well as the artists’ reach in their communities and around the world.
1. Describe your organization’s mission and its work in 3 adjectives. Please explain the adjectives you selected.
2. What inspires the work of your organization and why?
- Enthusiasm: We only represent artists whose work we love.
- Integrity: We are honest in all of our business dealings, and our word is our bond. If Siegel Artist Management does not believe that the artist is going to be a successful “fit” for a presenter, we will make other suggestions. Every performance must be a win-win situation for our presenter colleagues and the artists we represent.
- Service: We believe in going the extra mile, whether advising an artist on their marketing materials, working on grant applications, putting together consortium bookings, writing press releases, or selecting titles for programs. We also work with presenters on grant funding, marketing strategies, and tour bookings. We value long-term relationships with presenters as much as with artists.
The artists are our inspiration, always. We are committed to our staff’s professional development and to bettering the industry and we are inspired and renewed by our manager colleagues as well as dedicated, visionary presenters in the field.
3. What accomplishment from the past year is your organization most proud of and eager to share with Dance/USA’s membership and the field at large?
The accomplishments of Ragamala Dance and Co-Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy have created a truly extraordinary year for Siegel Artist Management. We have been working with Ragamala Dance since 1998, and are thrilled how rigorous work is able to come together for a spectacular season
4. Where do you see dance in the future and how does your organization fit within that vision?
If we only had a crystal ball to predict the future!
This agency – and its team –has been together long enough to know that a difficult economy breeds new and innovative ways to survive, giving birth to presenters and alternative performance spaces, incubating and growing new artists, as well as new funding models. We are determined to remain open to the possibilities, to marvel at the uncrushable spirit of each new generation of dance-makers, to remain open to learning, and to hope we can ALL stay afloat as we master the new modes of communication and participation in every area of the performing arts.
5. As an organization, what do you hope your dance legacy to be?
We are proud that the 42 year history of Siegel Artist Management has touched the professional lives of many companies. We hope we can continue playing a role in the growth and success of artists in every stage of their journey, whether young “start ups” within the first five years of their touring lives or with major companies in the “big leagues” of dance.