President, Artist Development & Booking
With music surrounding his entire childhood from all angles of the family, Tommy Merrill always knew that music was somehow going to play a major role in his life.
After moving from Austin, TX to New York 8 years ago, Tommy joined forces with Ken Rockwood just days after opening the popular Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. For 7 years, Tommy worked tirelessly with Mr. Rockwood, as Senior Talent Buyer, to grow the philosophy, reputation, and brand of Rockwood Music Hall from its opening days. Over the years, Tommy worked on growing Artists from the ground up with the live format used as the central focus to growing an Artist’s career. After immense success, Rockwood Music Hall expanded into an additional space, Stage 2, in 2010. Hundreds of acts have considered Rockwood Music Hall their home over the years and credit the dedication of the club and its team as the central reason for their successful careers.
Now, Tommy is absolutely thrilled to be joining forces with The Press House as the President of its newly formed Artist Development, Booking/Tour Consulting division. Tommy has been working closely with The Press House on various projects for many years in the live music forum. With a deep mutual respect for excellence in live music, passionate belief in the Artists they represent, and endless hard work, their Artists’ careers are being fully realized by advancing to the next level. With a focus on inspiration from the past combined with the evolving possibilities of the future, Artists’ dreams and careers are coming to fruition.
Following the years of being deeply involved in the live venue business, Tommy has become obsessed with the idea that the Artist needs to come first with a realistic focus on the live show and everything involved. Through the ideas of a boutique roster, transparency, high standards, personal connections with the Artist, and hard work, this new division of The Press House will assist Artists in truly realizing their full growth potential in the touring market across the country and worldwide.