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Jordan Kurland is a co-founder and partner at Brilliant Corners Artist Management, which has offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The company represents a diverse array of musical artists including Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Toro Y Moi, Soccer Mommy, Real Estate, New Pornographers, and Pup. Kurland is also a partner in Noise Pop Industries, which produces and promotes events throughout the greater Bay Area including the iconic small club festival, Noise Pop. He was one of the founders of the groundbreaking boutique outdoor music festival Treasure Island, which ran from 2007-2018.
Kurland currently sits on the board of directors of two non-profit organizations: The independent publishing house McSweeney's and the celebrated free San Francisco outdoor concert series Stern Grove Festival Previously, he served on the boards of 826 National, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Bay Area chapter of NARAS, experimental art space the Lab, and Revolutions Per Minute, an organization dedicated to connecting artists with social causes. Additionally, he spent five years on the board for the Independent On-Line Distribution Alliance (IODA), which was ultimately acquired by Sony.
Kurland is actively engaged in politics. He was on the entertainment advisory committees for Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Since 2004 he has launched several democracy-focused projects with author Dave Eggers. Most recently, Kurland and Eggers created the digital compilations Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy (Volumes 1 and 2), which raised over six hundred thousand dollars in forty-eight hours in support of the organizations Fair Fight, Color of Change, and Voting Rights Lab. Kurland also worked with the Joe Biden Presidential campaign on the #TeamJoeSings benefit performances in advance of the 2020 US general election. Other projects include The Future Dictionary of America (2004), 90 Days, 90 Reasons (2012), and 30 Days, 30 Songs (2016). Most recently he quarterbacked another compilation, Good Music To Ensure Safe Abortion Access To All, which raised two hundred thousand dollars in 24 four hours for reproductive rights organizations and debuted at number nine on the Billboard Albums Chart.
Kurland has contributed writing to publications including Billboard.com and Boing Boing. He has been featured on several podcasts including New Music Business, Promoter 101, Music Business Podcast, and Tough Love. He has a son, Theo, named after Thelonious Monk, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bella who loves swimming in the ocean, and his favorite song of all time is “I’m One” by The Who.