David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival”, in Milwaukee, WI, USA. The traditionally 11 day festival has moved to three, 3 day weekends in 2021, 2022, and 2023, but still books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as up-and-coming artists. He also produced the noted Emerging Artists Series for the festival. Silbaugh has served as an A&R Consultant for GMR Marketing as well, having previously spent 4 years in that role for Banshee Music under the GMR Marketing umbrella. Banshee Music was a “sonic branding” agency, creating custom music for sports teams, sporting events, and brands. In addition to Summerfest, he has curated a SXSW branded music library for APM Music. With a diverse background in music and the music business in general, David is a former Board Member, Secretary, and Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), has been a voting member of The Recording Academy, and currently serves on The Recording Academy Advocacy Committee (Chicago/Midwest), the Board of Directors for Sing Me A Story, and the Advisory Board for FestForums.
Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival”, is in Milwaukee, WI, USA. The festival was founded in 1968 and has been around for 54 years. The traditionally 11 day festival skipped 2020 due to COVID-19, and has moved to three, 3 day weekends in 2021, 2022, and 2023, but still books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as up-and-coming artists. Located in downtown Milwaukee on 75 acres (not including parking), it has 11 permanent stages – one of which is a 24,000 seat amphitheater – as well as some smaller stages – along with a variety of foods, exhibits, family activities, and a children’s area – all right on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Working with Jade Music Festival sets the stage for cultural exchange and expanding our already diverse festival lineup. I’ve had always had great experiences doing business in Canada, and look forward to this new opportunity.
David Silbaugh is a booker at the biggest festival in the world, in the USA. We want to give Chinese language artists the opportunity to do something special with their career. Having the opportunity to perform at Summerfest can definitely be a career changing opportunity.