Elle Lively is the owner of Crooked Tree Creative, a Michigan based music management and consulting company geared towards empowering up and coming artists. Elle is a facilitator for collaboration in the Michigan music scene and freelance consultant focusing on artists development. She has photographed many Michigan artists, as well as other internationally touring acts, such as Young the Giant and Fall Out Boy. Her dynamic, gritty style is easily recognized and makes her a frequent contributor to Michigan music blogs. With a background in tour management, Elle toured through 8 countries and 30 states this year alone. Elle is the former tour manager for the Michigan indie-folk-rock phenomenon, The Accidentals. She also has a background in nonprofit management, focusing on youth education, philanthropy and empowerment through service learning. Elle is a member of the Music Managers Forum. In 2019, Elle hosted the Music Industry Roundtable in West Michigan, was a judge for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s High School Rock Off, and launched Lakeshore Music Academy. Currently, she is managing Earth Radio, Max Lockwood, and Scott Pellegrom. She works out of Third Coast Recording Company in Grand Haven, MI. In 2020, Elle is also launching Michigan Music Alliance, a music education and community building nonprofit for musicians of all ages in West Michigan.
Dutcher Snedeker is a Grand Rapids pianist with a long history of performance. Coming from a musical family, he has grown up surrounded by different music styles that continue to inspire his multi-faceted interest in music. A graduate of both GVSU and WMU, he has a desire to blend different genres in his writing and performing experiences, with a focus in future soul, funk fusion, jazz, and New Music. He is recognized as an active part of the West Michigan music community, with multiple nominations at the local WYCE Jammies and a jazz award from ArtPrize 2013. He has also had performing opportunities at the School of Improvised Music (SIM) and Bang on a Can’s 2016 Summer Festival. Dutcher Snedeker is an active performer in West Michigan. While at Grand Valley State University, he was a member the nationally recognized GVSU New Music Ensemble, performing at three Strange Beautiful Music Festivals in Detroit, at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Colorado College with the Bowed Piano Ensemble, the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, with Cori Terry & Dancers at Wellspring Theatre, and the Music in Our Parks 2014 National Parks Tour. At Western Michigan University, he has played in the 2016-2017 Downbeat Award Winning WMU Jazz Orchestra as well as the WMU Symphonic Band. In 2017, he performed with members of the DSO and New Music Detroit in a performance of Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" at the Strange Beautiful Music Festival and performed with the touring Broadway production of "Wicked" at DeVos Performance Hall. Dutcher Snedeker currently performs with Bluewater Kings, Blushing Monk, and Earth Radio. In a live/studio music production role, he works for Founders Taproom in Grand Rapids on their sound engineer team and Third Coast Recording Company as a studio musician and engineering intern. As a writer, he has contributed album and concert reviews to Local Spins and writes a weekly column of reviews for WYCE.
Connor Curtis is a Booking Agent and Tour Manager based in Grand Rapids, MI. He began his career in the music industry as an independent promotor, where he curated U.S. and international lineups to perform at venues across his home state of Michigan. Prior to this role, he was a top salesman and sales manager at a marketing company in the West-Michigan area. Combining his knowledge and experience with business and his passion for music, Connor has continued to develop his career in the music industry by managing and consulting for local artists. In the last year, Connor served as the Booking Agent and Tour Manager for nationally touring Musician and Band Leader, Marcus Rezak, who featured members of Umphrey’s McGee, Moe., Thievery Corporation, The Disco Biscuits, and Jay Lane. Connor is proficient in budget management, tour planning and management, and consultative sales. He is looking forward to continuing to use his passion and expertise to serve artists at all levels.
Nuri is a classically trained bassist from Grand Rapids Community College having earned his Associates, both on upright bass and electric performance. He’s settled into the Grand Rapids community as a multi-faceted and highly skilled performer; rock, soul, funk, blues, jazz, worship and as of late has been involved with productions like School of Rock, The Little Mermaid and The Addams Family. He is a solid foundation as both a freelance musician with many of West Michigan’s groups and teaches a number of students in his home and at Triumph Music Academy as a new instructor. With experience both onstage and working first-hand with the continually growing music scenes, he is an active and fresh-faced addition to an already stellar team! Nuri’s primary groups are Hannah Rose and the GravesTones, a blues/soul/funk band who in December just recorded a live studio album with an audience. Elijah Russ Music and Elijah Russ Collective, a hard-rock/funk group with mixed members from GrooveGround Music, Melophobix and Blue Water Kings.
Shayla Watson is a recent Western Michigan University graduate with a degree in Public Relations. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Black Arts & Cultural Center in Kalamazoo, MI and manages the award winning band, Last Gasp Collective. Her background includes planning and facilitating both large and small scale events, formal leadership training, and public speaking. After one year out of school, she is focusing on personal things like bolstering her visual art portfolio and expanding her catalog of hairstyles. She’ll be taking on a multi-faceted role on our team.