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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation president to speak Nov. 3

November 02, 2011

Erica Blust
(315) 443-5891

Joel Peresman, the president and chief executive officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Inc., will present a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6:45 p.m. in the Lender Auditorium, located on the concourse level of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The lecture is part of the Bandier Program’s Soyars Leadership Lecture Series in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music. It is open to the University community only.

Peresman has served as president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation since 2006. The foundation established the Hall of Fame in 1986 and over the last 23 years has produced a nationally televised annual induction ceremony, built an I.M. Pei-designed museum in Cleveland that opened in 1995 and works hand-in-hand with the museum team to fulfill the vision of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to be the foremost authority on “the music that changes the world.”

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame represents one of the few things in this world which knows no geographic, age or cultural boundaries,” says Peresman. “The significant impact that rock and roll has had on our lives and culture and the way the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum tells the story touches this generation more than any other art form. It is our goal through our museum—soon to open library and archives, educational programs and remote locations—to be the foremost authority on the continuing significance of rock and roll past, present and future. This position allows me to use my entire experience and relationships that I have established going back to my first job in the business to help in this mission.”

Peresman’s past positions include executive vice president of entertainment and events for Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall and chief operating offer of Clear Channel Entertainment’s (now Live Nation) tri-state concert business.

For more information about the lecture, contact David Rezak, director of the Bandier Program, at (315) 443-3280 or

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