WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Bill Lloyd, Songwriter/Artist, Nashville, Tennessee
"Mark has a varied and very
successful career as an artist, manager, session singer,
radio personality and university teacher that amazes
me in it's depth and breadth. I can't think of
many of his peers in the music world whose resumes'
show as much diversity. Plus, with Mark, you get a
guy who's been through all that and still speaks with
clarity and a sense of humor that didn't die off after
the umpteenth record deal."
J. Michael Dolan, Publisher/Executive Editor, Music
"For many years I have had the
absolute pleasure of working and consulting with Mark
Volman on a wide variety of music industry projects.
I am extremely impressed with Mark's exceptional
talent as a performer, his consummate knowledge
of the "inner workings" of the music business and
his impeachable character as a human being.
He has the foresight as well
as the fortitude to put forth a total commitment
to his work, and has also proven his ability (time
and time again) to see projects through to the end
with complete professionalism, reliability and integrity.
Given Mark's engaging "people
skills," his exceptional knowledge of the music business,
and his humbling devotion to his family, I absolutely
support and recommend him for any music project or
John Hartmann, Music Manager
"Mark Volman inspired me
to pursue a career in academia. I was honored
to speak before his class at LMU; and marveled at
his ability to turn real life experience into a comprehensive
analysis of a very complicated business. His articulation
of the systems and protocols of entertainment could
not be perceived by imagination. They had to have
been lived. Mark's charm, wit and intellect dance
with his four decades of experience to create
a classroom full of fun, hope and dreams of future
careers in show business. He is a sage in that universe."
Howard Silverman, Co-Owner, Paradise Artists, Inc.
"I have been associated with
Mark Volman on a professional basis since 1983. Over
those 22 years, I have come to respect the scope
and breadth of his entertainment industry acumen.
Most artists need a quick overview to make them understand
any business decisions they are being asked to make
whereas Mark Volman can usually be explaining a thing
or two to me! Through his many years with The Turtles,
Flo & Eddie, his management classes and his record
company dealings, he has really done it all."
Joe Stefko, Professional Drummer, still waiting for
"Nobody knows the 'chutes
and ladders' of the music business better than Mark
Volman. As a matter of fact Mark knows it so well
that it is HE who I have to watch!"
Jim Pons, Songwriter, Producer and Former Bass Player
with The Leaves,
The Turtles and Mother's of Invention
"With more than forty years
of experience in all facets of the music and entertainment
industry, there isn't a more knowledgeable person
when it comes to the way it all works than Mark Volman.
If I needed help or advice about a career move
in this business he'd be the first person I'd talk
to. Plus he's cheaper than a lawyer."
Tristan Avakian, Professional Guitarist, Cirque de Soleil
"Mark is one of those rare
artists who has not only an intuitive but a practical
sensibility when it comes to business. I have
often showed him contracts to review and he has offered
valuable insights and advice for free, usually commensurate
with the findings of Ron, my New York showbiz lawyer,
who charges about what you would expect New York showbiz
lawyers to charge. When asked about what he would
consider a logical end-point of a negotiation he has
been right 99% of the time."
Brian Adler, Professional session musician, performer,
arranger and songwriter
"Mark's years with the Turtles
and Frank Zappa have given not only a road warrior's
common sense of the life of a rock star, but his
record and publishing deals give him an interpretation
of contracts that one only gets from being through
a myriad of situations, many of which he candidly
shares with his charges."
Robert M. French, Attorney at Law
"After practicing law for seventeen
years as a civil litigator, I began looking into entertainment
law. The overview Mark provided have proven to
be invaluable to someone with little prior legal knowledge
about the music industry. I could not be happier
with the results."
Claudine Cazian, Promotion and Marketing Coordinator
"Mark not only challenged
my views of what the music industry entails, but also
broadened my personal horizons. Having absolutely
no musical talent, and a degree in Communication Studies,
I figured that the music industry held no place for
me. I couldn't have been more mistaken. Who knew that
after consulting with Mark, I landed a job at a popular
radio station in Los Angeles, as a Promotions and
Marketing Coordinator. Thanks to Mark, I put my knowledge
to work and found a place within the industry for
myself. I may not be the lead singer of a major band,
or a pop icon for the new millennium, but I am a small
piece of what the music industry has to offer to the
Dr. Rick Sparks, smooth jazz composer/performer, professor
Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee
"From his halycon days as a
founding member of The Turtles to today's latest music
styles, Mark Volman continues to prove himself
as a working performer, writer, producer and mentor
to young artists looking for a helping hand in the
music business. I'm so glad he's decided to make
himself available as a proven and honored professional
to anyone who needs help navigating one of the toughest
but most rewarding businesses on the planet. Dare
I say it: you and your music career will be "Happy
Together" with Mark Volman!"