Mike Savage is a 20-year music business veteran with a well-rounded knowledge of the music, entertainment, broadcasting, and new media industries.In 2006, Savage formed Mike Savage Artist Management. His current client list includes Meiko, Marié Digby, Alexa Melo, Haliene, and producer Adrian Bradford. Along with securing recording contracts, booking worldwide tours, negotiating deals, supervising record production, handling promotional activities, coordinating album releases and building strategic alliances, Savage’s management company has developed creative marketing strategies that have sold well over 100,000 albums and 500,000 song downloads while also generating over $1,000,000 in NTR.
Directly prior to the creation of the company, Savage worked as VP A&R/Artist Development at NovaTunes, a startup internet music company with an innovative, disruptive business model (he remains a consultant to the parent company).
In 2003, Savage began a three-year stint as Senior Director, Creative & Media for Entertainment Ventures, LLC. While with the company, the artist discovery & development team assisted many artists in signing U.S./global recording and/or publishing contracts – some of whom have achieved multi-Platinum status. His duties included planning and executing a variety of strategies to help secure deals for artist clients, including distribution of music and newsletters to key industry leaders, solicitation for song placement in film, TV, advertising and video games, and global radio promotion.
Prior to this position, Savage served as A&R Director for the Clear Channel Multimedia Group where he handled talent search/discovery efforts.
Savage also worked with Clear Channel as Radio Editor for their Network Magazine Group, where he spearheaded a major overhaul and re-design of their monthly VIRTUALLYALTERNATIVE publication.
Prior to this, Savage worked as Head of Promotion/Artist Development at 3:33/Universal Records, where he designed and implemented national radio promotion campaigns for all of the label’s artists.
Mike began his career in radio where he worked as an on-air talent and programmed successful, ground-breaking Alternative stations in major U.S. markets including New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
As a contributor to the now-defunct music blog TALENTfilter, Savage discovered and featured many artists years before they went on to sign label deals, including Capital Cities, Ingrid Michaelson, Allen Stone, The Mowgli’s, Tori Kelly, Neon Hitch, Oh Land, Mikky Ekko, and Five Finger Death Punch (among others).
Savage is a frequent guest speaker on music industry conference panels (SXSW, CMJ) and at business schools such as UCLA, Berklee, Boston University, The Art Institutes, and Musician’s Institute.