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Dawn Kamerling | Tommy Merril
mediaRelations DAWN KAMERLING
Founder and CEO

After learning the ropes at larger publicity firms, The Press House founder Dawn Kamerling became driven by the need for more personal and attentive service in the largely impersonal world of publicity. With little more than a telephone and a large dose of natural talent, Dawn birthed the company on the floor of her Belmont, Massachusetts apartment in 2001. After acquiring a few much-needed pieces of office furniture and a devoted, similarly hard-working staff, The Press House has grown into a living, breathing entity, centering around Dawn and her staff’s glowing passion for their craft and the energy and inspiration they always offers her clients. Since the conception of The Press House, Dawn has lent her expertise to several music industry panels, penned articles on publicity and self-promotion, and consulted for several record labels and start-up PR firms. She has also led workshops on how to promote yourself as an artist for CD Baby and The Kaui Music Festival.

Recently, The Press House has expanded from a music-based boutique PR firm to a full-service company that offers an exciting new lifestyle division- film and restaurant publicity, interactive marketing, and event planning. While The Press House will always be music-based and have music at the core of its heart, we are thrilled to be expanding our horizons and be taking our talent and securely established relationships with both our clients and the media into new territory.



President, Artist Development & development

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 11 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 1/2 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 Artistís 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.

Tommy has been thrilled these past two years having joined forces with The Press House as the President of its Artist Development, Tour Consulting Division.† Tommy had 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 Artistsí 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, Artistsí 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.


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