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Warning: Tour Managing will be frustrating, stressful, unpredictable, chaotic, and extremely hazardous to your mental health. Theres no better job in the world.
— Jonathan Syverson

Workshop description:

Tour Management 101

Get a crash course in Tour Management with Jon Syverson (Current Tour Manager of Andy Black & Black Veil Brides)! Find out what a day in the life of a tour manager looks like, hear stories from the road, and participate in a Q&A to help you get your start. 

I have spent the last 20 years of my life touring the world.

I started out at the age of 17 as a touring musician. Once the band's touring schedule slowed down I realized there was no way I was going back to working dead-end jobs. Luckily, I somehow managed to talk myself onto a few more tours with friends who needed cheap roadies.

As I moved from city to city, I made sure to meet new people and make new contacts. Not too long after, life became busy. One tour would lead to another, and the tours and artists started getting bigger and bigger.

Touring would eventually open the door to job positions with local promoters, and crew / stage hand positions at local music venues. This was University of Life, I had no formal production or technical training up to that point so the local crews made sure to kick my butt over and over again until quit or I knew how to do my job.

After a few years of hard work, blood, sweat, and beers, I landed a job with full time artist, and transitioned into a full time Tour Manager



A group photo will be taken at every TEI Workshop. Photos will be uploaded to sorted by city and will be available for download and posting. Please tag us! @thinktei #thinktei

TEI Workshops are group educational experiences.  The workshops are not structured for meet and greets, autograph signings, or individual photo opportunities with Gurus. Please be respectful of these guidelines. A separate Vans Warped Tour ticket is needed to attend the workshop (buy here).