Kevin is an innovator, millions of people have seen his vision and thousands of bands have had a chance to live their dream through his.
— Steve Van Doren // Vans
Mr. Lyman’s speech really touched me and added even more passion for what I want to do with music.
— Hannah L. Brown // Eastern Kentucky University
I think everyone who attended the workshop would agree it was a great experience. We all came away with a better understanding of the industry, and very personalized advice that we can all take to better get engaged with our music goals. Look out world, here we come!
— Tony Agenbroad, Get your Foot in the Door in the Music Business"
I have recently attended Kevin Lyman’s music industry workshop. Kevin was genuinely interested in our goals in the music industry. He personally asked each of us and helped us get connections. He answered questions we had and created a great experience for us. I would strongly recommend anyone interested in the music industry to take this workshop.
— Diana Gonzalez, Kevin Lyman's Get Your Foot In The Door In The Music Business


Teaching was my first passion; Music was the second. I followed the second and now it’s come full circle and I’m back to education.
— Kevin Lyman

A constant innovator, Kevin Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the extremely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music festival in the world today. Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, the tour has played to over 9 million fans.  Kevin has founded many other highly successful tours including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Down from the Mountain Tour.  When not curating giant festivals, he sits on the Board of Directors for Saint Archer Brewery and the LA County Fairplex.  He also has his hand in the record industry as co-owner of Side One Dummy. Along with this in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, Kevin established the Unite The United Foundation, a 501c3  set up to encourage fans, artists and industry leaders to come together through charitable contributions, events and volunteer efforts in order to work toward a positive change.

A trendsetter for youth branding, Kevin has established creative partnerships with brands such as Vans, Kia, Journeys, Fuse, Ernie Ball, and Monster Energy Drink.  Kevin was an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund 2011 and received the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year in 2009.  Recently he has founded The Entertainment Institute to revolutionize music business education utilizing his 35 years of experience, and is thrilled to work with Creative Live to begin educating music industry professionals online.

Kevin shared invaluable insights and extraordinary tales with my students at Citrus College. He has carved his own enduring path through the music business and became known as the man who put punk rock in the sunshine. Lyman’s down-to-earth vibe dismantles the notion that the barrier to entry into this often intimitdating business is based on anything less than pure instinct, drive and tireless hard work. As a lecturer, his endlessly inspiring, quotable, knowledgeable, fun and approachable.
— Marko DeSantis // Sugarcult, Professor at Citrus College, LACM, and Musicians Institute