David Silbaugh (US)  is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival”, in Milwaukee, WI. The traditionally 11 day festival has moved to three, 3 day weekends, but still books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as up-and-coming artists. He also produced the noted Emerging Artists Series for the festival. Silbaugh has served as an A&R Consultant for GMR Marketing as well, having previously spent 4 years in that role for Banshee Music under the GMR Marketing umbrella. Banshee Music was a “sonic branding” agency, creating custom music for sports teams, sporting events, and brands. In addition to those roles, he curated a SXSW branded music library for APM Music, providing independent artists sync opportunities in film, TV, advertising, and gaming, and spent 8 years as an Artist Relations Consultant for Gibson guitars. With a diverse background in music and the music business in general, David is a former Board Member, Secretary, and Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), a voting member of The Recording Academy, and served several years on The Recording Academy Advocacy Committee (Chicago/Midwest). He is currently on the Board of Directors for Sing Me A Story, and the Advisory Board for FestForums.

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