Tom Wiggins

Thomas Wiggins  (Executive Director,)
Ambassadors of American Culture Inc.
1234 Laurel Lane Ste. #1
Lafayette, California 94549 -2618
Fax 1-925-952-4587
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Education:
Oakland Public Schools 1951--1957
Academy of Christian Education (private) 1957-1961
Graduate Patten College, Oakland, California 1961

 

Employment and Business History

1961  - 1968     Oakland Unified School District/ California Teachers Association
1962  - 1968     Worked Nights as a Professional Musician / Band Leader
1965  - 1970    Talent buyer and entertainment director for various chains of Hotels & Bars
1967  - 1970    was one of first Rock & Roll Concert & Festival Promoters in Northern California
1968  - 1976     Founded American Talent Associates, Booking & Promotion Agency S. F. California
1970  - 1973    Thomas Wiggins Assoc.  Management Organization for National Rock Bands
1973  - 1976     Promoted Entertainment Concerts at colleges Nationally
1977  - 1979     Crystal Clear Records, A&R Dir. Record Producer, International Marketing Dir.
1980  - 1984     Formed and operated Three Independent Ethnic record companies
1989  - 1990     Talent buyer and concert producer for World Cup Soccer Playoffs, Italy 200 events
1991  - 2006      Independent Entertainment Industry Consultant for Entertainment Promotions, Music Concerts, Music Festivals, Special Events.

Currently: Operating Ambassadors of American Culture Inc., a Charitable and Educational            
Non-Profit Presenting Arts org. California # 2745486
Operating Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band  sine 1990

Expertise:
Live Entertainment Talent Procurement & Booking
Regional, National and International Marketing
Marketing and Promotion Development Strategies and implementation
International Entertainment Industry Contract negotiations
International Talent Purchasing and negotiations for personal appearances and tour management
Educational Lectures and Training Courses on Entertainment Industry operations
Festival, Concert and Special Event Development, Media Negotiations and Advertising strategies 

Special Awards and Recognitions

1979 Trendsetter of the Year Award from Billboard Publications for International Marketing

1979     Two Grammy Nominations for Producer of the Year Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

2011      West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award recipient

 

Professional organization affiliations:

Western Fairs Associates, IAJE, IAFE, Arts Presenters, Associated Entertainment Consultants, Prime Time Entertainment Assoc., International Executive Corp., Festival Net, Org. Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce, served on Board of Directors for many years, & Festival organizer.

 

Hobbies and interests:

 

Playing Traditional American Jazz & Blues Music Attending & Producing Musical events Travel, Sport Fishing and Spectator Sports

 

 

 

My concert promotion experience goes all the way back to the 1960,s with such major acts as:

 

Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Malo, Cold Blood, Tower of Power, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, The Electric Flag, Quicksliver Messenger Service, Albert Collins, James Cotton Blues Band, The Doors, Janis Joplin & Big Brother & Holding Company, Moby Grape, Earthquake, Barry Melton & The Fish, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, The Youngbloods, Buddy Miles, Norman Greenbaum, Cal Tjader, Taj Mahal, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Solomon Burke, The Steve Miller Band, Boston, Charlie Musselwhite, Stoneground, Cool & The Gang, The Doobie Brothers, Santana,  Malo, The Commodores, Toni Tony Tone,  Sister Sledge,  Gloria Gaynor, Miles Davis, Vince Giraldi, Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida, Carlos Montoya, Patti Labelle, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Merl Haggard, Buck Owens, Mickey Gilley, Mel Tillis, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Stylistics,  The Jackson Five, Sly & the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Stan Kenton, Eric Burden and the Animals, A.B. Skye, Spirit, and many more blues and Jazz acts.

 

In 2002 I was sent to MOSCOW AND VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA BY THE US STATE DEPARTMENT ON A CONSULTING PROJECT FOR AN LARGE MULTI FAUCETED ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, with a restaurant, bowling alley, billiard hall, live entertainment nightclub, disco tech, banquet hall, and movie theater and small casino.   The complex has since expanded and opened two larger establishments, which are operating successfully.  Set up totally new Advertising and Marketing campaign for  all their related business. And established their own advertising agency in house.

 

A few of the venues I have promoted concerts in over the past 40 years include:

Oakland, Coliseum  14,000 seats

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center:  Oakland Ca.  6,500 seats

Calvin Simmons Theater Oakland, Ca.  2800 seats

Yellowstone Metro, Billings, Montana   12,000 seats

Beacon Theater, New York    seating 3000

Spreckles center Theater, Rohnert Park, Ca.

Several wineries festivals in Napa and Sonoma counties

 

Alameda County Fairgrounds festivals up to 20,000 people

Carson City Speedway, Nevada 15,000 capacity

Santa Clara Country Fairgrounds, Folk & Rock festivals years ago.

Castro Valley Fall Festival for 12 years   40,000 per day attendance  (free)

Various Fairground festivals around N. California.

Countless Street, Wine and Arts Festivals around N. California

 

Many concerts at colleges in California Washington, State, Idaho, Montana,

U.C. Davis, Shasta college, Humboldt State, W. Wash College, USF, UC Santa Cruz,

Stanislaus State, Modesto J.C.  Diablo Valley College, Cal. State Hayward, West Valley College, Los Gatos,   and  multiple  Blues and Jazz Tours in Europe since 1990

 

Professional Business References:

 

James Douglas, Prime Time Entertainment: 1-408-656-2482

www.PrimeTimeEntertainment.com

 

Gig Xifaras, Associated Entertainment Consultants:  1-650-348-7972

www.associatedentertainment.com

 

 

Pete Paulsen, Paulsen Promotions/MotorSports:  1-209-983-027

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