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Entertainment Agency Specialist, Mark Sonder, CEO Mark Sonder Productions, Named as Columnist at Meetings Focus Magazine

Entertainment Agency Specialist, Mark Sonder, CEO Mark Sonder Productions, Named as Columnist at Meetings Focus Magazine

“We are excited that Mark has decided to share with us his knowledge and experience on music, entertainment and production for meetings and events.” –Tyler Davidson, Meetings Focus Magazine



MarkSonderWebWashington DC February 26, 2013: Entertainment agency specialist, Mark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions has been asked to be a contributing columnist for Meetings Focus Magazine, the leading monthly meeting planning and destination trade magazine.  It will be a “Tips of the Trade” column, from the event entertainment industry expert, Mark Sonder. The initial column will appear in their March issue.

This news has been widely reported today in:
-CBS Money Watch

-Boston Globe
-SF Chronicle
-Miami Herald
-United Press International
-LA Daily News

Tyler Davidson, the Chief Content Director, of Meetings Focus Magazine said of Mark Sonder, “We are both delighted and honored to have Mr. Sonder contribute his words and concepts to our magazine and our readership. We are excited that he has decided to share with us his knowledge and experience on music, entertainment and production for meetings and events.”

Sonder is the author of the first and only full-length book on music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainment and production for the meetings, events, hospitality and tourism industries entitled, “Event Entertainment and Production.” Wiley & Sons is the publisher.

Mark Sonder is also mentioned and/or contributed to 12 other books. His articles have been published in over 30 magazines and he has been interviewed for over 20 articles in various trade publications. Besides his writings, Mark Sonder is a Certified Special Events Professional as well as a Lecturer in Tourism Studies for the Master of Tourism Administration Degree Program at The George Washington University in Washington DC.  In addition, Sonder just completed six years instructing at the Harrah’s Hotel School at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

MeetingsFocusFurthermore, Sonder is the Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions, Inc., a 28 year old award winning entertainment talent agency and music agency, that delivers complete program packages to corporations, associations, facilities, casinos, concerts and special events worldwide.

Telephone: +1-540-636-1640





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The Complete List of Grammy Award Winners Revealed

Everybody Loves a Winner, Especially at Their Meetings and Events!

The Complete List of Grammy Award Winners Revealed…


LightbulbIdeaIt happens at staff meetings across the globe–the team asking itself who should we invite to be the musical entertainment at our next annual meeting, convention, trade show, exhibition, congress, or event?  Well…the answer may have gotten a little easier to make. Now that the Grammies have been handed out, the lightbulb can be illuminated!  Call on Mark Sonder Productions at +1-540-636-1640 to inquire as to the availability as well as price for your favorite Grammy Award winning artists or other entertainers as well.


Record of the Year

“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye and Kimbra

Album of the Year

“Babel,” Mumford & Sons

Song of the Year

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess (“We Are Young,” Fun. and Janelle Monáe)

New Artist


Pop Solo Performance

“Set Fire to the Rain (live),” Adele

Pop Performance, Duo or Group

“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye and Kimbra

Pop Instrumental Album

“Impressions,” Chris Botti

Pop Vocal Album

“Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson

Dance Recording

“Bangarang,” Skrillex and Sirah

Dance/Electronica Album

“Bangarang,” Skrillex

Dance Recording

“Bangarang,” Skrillex and Sirah

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney

Rock Performance

“Lonely Boy,” the Black Keys

Hard Rock/Metal Performance

“Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm

Rock Song

Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney (“Lonely Boy,” the Black Keys)

Rock Album

“El Camino,” the Black Keys

Alternative Music Album

“Making Mirrors,” Gotye

R&B Performance

“Climax,” Usher

Traditional R&B Performance

“Love on Top,” Beyoncé

R&B Song

Miguel Pimentel (“Adorn,” Miguel)

R&B Album

“Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment

Rap Performance

“___ in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration

“No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Rap Song

Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West and W. A. Donaldson (“___ in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West)

Rap Album

“Take Care,” Drake

Urban Contemporary Album

“Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean

Country Solo Performance

“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Country Performance, Duo or Group

“Pontoon,” Little Big Town

Country Song

Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood)

Country Album

“Uncaged,” Zac Brown Band

New Age Album

“Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram

Improvised Jazz Solo

“Hot House,” Gary Burton and Chick Corea

Jazz Vocal Album

“Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding

Jazz Instrumental Album

“Unity Band,” Pat Metheny Unity Band

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You),” Arturo Sandoval

Latin Jazz Album

“¡Ritmo!,” The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman

Gospel Song

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell and Warryn Campbell (“Go Get It,” Mary Mary)

Contemporary Christian Music Song

Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman (“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman)

Gospel Album

“Gravity,” Lecrae

Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Eye on It,” TobyMac

Latin Pop Album

“MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“Imaginaries,” Quetzal

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

“Pecados y Milagros,” Lila Downs

Tropical Latin Album

“Retro,” Marlow Rosada y La Riqueña”

Americana Album

“Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt

Bluegrass Album

“Nobody Knows You,” Steep Canyon Rangers

Blues Album

“Locked Down,” Dr. John

Folk Album

“The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile

Regional Roots Music Album

“The Band Courtbouillon,” Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy

Reggae Album

“Rebirth,” Jimmy Cliff

World Music Album

“The Living Room Sessions Part 1,” Ravi Shankar

Children’s Album

“Can You Canoe?,” The Okee Dokee Brothers

Spoken Word Album

“Society’s Child: My Autobiography,” Janis Ian

Comedy Album

“Blow Your Pants Off,” Jimmy Fallon

Musical Theater Album

“Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, artists; Steven Epstein and Martin Lowe, producers; Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists

Instrumental Composition

“Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea (Chick Corea and Gary Burton)

Instrumental Arrangement

“How About You,” Gil Evans (Gil Evans Project)

Producer of the Year, Nonclassical

Dan Auerbach

Producer of the Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh

Remixed Recording, Nonclassical

“Promises (Skrillex and Nero Remix),” Skrillex, remixer

Classical Instrumental Solo

“Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola,” Kim Kashkashian

Classical Vocal Solo

“Poèmes,” Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert and Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France)

Contemporary Classical Composition

“Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile — Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays,” Stephen Hartke (Eighth Blackbird)

Short Form Music Video

“We Found Love,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris

Long Form Music Video

“Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show

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