Teri Hammond

Teri Hammond

Owner/Managing Agent at Top Talent Booking & Promotions

Mill Creek, IL

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An Air Force veteran and former English teacher, I had dreamt of working in the music business for most of my life, when I finally got my chance in 2008. While attending head school, I was offered the position of General Manager for a new winery and concert venue that had recently opened. Over the next 9 years, I learned everything I could as the entertainment director and talent buyer for what became one of the most innovative and popular entertainment venues in the region, presenting up to six shows a week and hosting such noted artists as David Allen Coe, Suzy Boggus, Sponge, Rusted Root, Del McCoury, The SteelDrivers, Split Lip Rayfield, Peter Case, Kevin Kinney and more! In 2014 I started Top Talent, and things have taken off! The agency is entering its 5th year this year and I just hired our first employee!

Being small agency in an area where there is no one else of this kind makes it difficult to find people who understand the industry. I am hoping that joining groups such as this one will allow me to interact with knowledgeable industry professionals, develop networking opportunities, and help others in a supportive community environment.