FREELANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE ARTS
GUTTERSAINT IS A PROFESSIONAL CREATIVE PRODUCTION COMPANY OWNED BY
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL
With 40 years experience as an artist, artist manager, producer of live concerts and recordings, writer, art photographer and more, my company GUTTERSAINT offers an exceptional and unorthodox approach to business. No one else offers my international experience and expertise of a vast variety of artistic disciplines. And my successful track record proves it.
My clients have included: Lydia Lunch, Arve Tellefsen, Anne Grete Preus, Richard Kern, Beth B, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Tora Augestad, Silje Nergaard, Jeffery Smith, and others. Companies using my services have been Universal Music, Diesel Clothing, Jazzland Records, The Norwegian Foreign Ministry (UDI), Grappa Records, Verve Records, Nord-Odal Municipality, and others.
GUTTERSAINT is a freelance creative management and production company focusing on music, the arts, and other artistic fields. With a background of documented successful projects led by industry veteran Tom Garretson, the company offers the following services:
"His demeanor has always been one of reason, understanding, support and kindness. Mr. Garretson completely understands the vulnerable nature of the artist, is always encouraging and these traits help to offer comfort and instill trust. He has always been an invaluable supporter, dedicated overseer, trusted friend. I highly recommend you consider him as a person of incredible knowledge and vast experience from whom you would benefit greatly from by welcoming into your collective."
-- Lydia Lunch, artist
"I wish every artist had management like you provide. Our lives would be much easier."
-- Yngve Næss, A&R Director, Universal Music
"He has arranged concert tours for me, which have always been perfectly carried out by him. Also, I have had a major benefit of his talents for negotiation in regards to my recording contract twith Sony Classical, in which he was primarily responsible for handling. I have only positive things to express about Tom Garretson, and I can warmly recommend him without reservation."
-- Arve Tellefsen, classical violinist
Some artists I've worked professionally with are Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lydia Lunch, Silje Nergaard, Shirley Horn, Arve Tellefsen, Richard Kern, Vladamir Ashkenazy, Sarah Brightman, Betty Carter, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Bassey, Placido Domingo, Anne Grete Preus, and many, many others.
Areas of Experience Specialty:
Artist Management • Music and Concert Production • Marketing and Promotion of cultural events • Contracting • Music Publishing • Music Licensing • Art Exhibitions • Art Photography • Film and TV Music Placement • Archive Sales for Artists • Art History Research • Copyright • Touring and Booking
WORK IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
I've worked as a label manager for PolyGram (Verve Jazz, Philips Classics) overseeing those labels and bringing them into profit for the first time in PolyGram Norway's history. I also ran Sony Classical and Columbia Jazz successfully for Sony Music, before being offered a position as Executive Producer with NGM to produce live concert events in theaters, halls, stadiums and in internatonal touring. This gave me the professional foundation and experience to create my own two management and production companies, WildStar World and Guttersaint. I've worked with so many successful acts and have had a direct hand in breaking sales records in both music industry product sales to concert ticket sales, that my work has received media attention itself -- most recently from my sale of Lydia Lunch's archives to New York University -- written about by world-wide media.
"I played the demos that Tom Garretson produced for my new album to my manager. He said this might be the best work I've ever done."
-- Anne Grete Preus, Norwegian recording artist
WORK IN THE ARTS
I've worked professionally and creatively for over twenty years with the artist Lydia Lunch, as well as recorded my own music and exhibited my own artworks. I've produced performance artists such as Diamanda Galas and Annie Sprinkle. My academic training includes a Master Degree in Art History and a BA in Musicology. My MA thesis focused on the influence of Berlin Cabaret on the visual arts, and how many of modernism's art movements were directly influenced by cabaret. I continue to exhibit my own artworks in Norway, the USA, and other countries.
"I would have never had a career, not to mention two number one chart entries on the pop charts, if it hadn't have been for Tom. And I'm the only artist in Norway to have all my expenses covered. You should have Tom Garretson as your manager."
-- Silje Nergaard in conversation to artist Sondre Lerche