Bill Silva Entertainment is a concert promotion, artist management, touring, and publishing company based in San Diego, Los Angeles and established in 1979.
BSE has represented artists such as Jason Mraz, blink-182, Unwritten Law, James Morrison, and Christina Perri, and has produced more than 10,000 shows. Bill Silva, the company's founder, has won three Independent Promoter of the Year awards.
The company is a partner in DT Model Management and The Uprising Creative.
While Bill Silva was a student at UC San Diego he started a concert promotion company for university parties. This led him to expand into the San Diego area and establish Bill Silva Presents in 1979. Over the next two decades the company brought acts such as The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Devo, The Police, Pat Benatar, INXS, Diana Ross, and Willie Nelson to the area.
After securing a foothold in San Diego, Silva branched out into other parts of the southwest, promoting smaller shows in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Idaho. In 1982 it partnered with Feyline Productions and became the promoter for any of Feyline's shows outside of Colorado.
In 1992 Silva partnered with Andrew Hewitt, the song of the director of the LA Philharmonic Association, to obtain exclusive rights to produce rock concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.
After promoting a show for the band Unwritten Law in 1993 Silva represented them, and BSE's management division, Bill Silva Management, was founded. Soon after this, BSM added blink-182 to its artist roster.
In 1999 Bill Silva Entertainment moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. He was introduced to Jason Mraz, who joined the BSM artist roster and whose career has been guided by Silva ever since.
Silva also sold his concert division, Bill Silva Presents, to Universal Studios's concert division, which was later purchased by House of Blues Concerts. In March 2003 Andrew Hewitt and Silva left that venture, parting ways in concert promotion with the exception of their partnership at the Hollywood Bowl.
Silva went on to re-establish Bill Silva Presents with a touring division that was kicked off by 2000's "Up In Smoke Tour" with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. In 2005 Silva hired Eric Herz, a former executive at Avalon Attractions and Metropolitan Entertainment, to oversee Bill Silva Presents.
In 2011 Silva merged Bill Silva Presents with Live Nation Entertainment, placing Silva and Andrew Hewitt in charge of overseeing the company's concerts in the southwest region of the United States.
In 2012 the Bill Silva Entertainment team formed a partnership with the model manager David Todd to form DT Model Management.
Bill Silva Management has managed the careers of artists, comedians, and film directors since its founding in 1993.
The company began with San Diego bands Unwritten Law and blink-182. Its longest-standing client is Jason Mraz. a client since 1999.
Until 2008 Silva also managed and promoted tours for comedian Margaret Cho.
In 2010 BSM client Christina Perri's demo "Jar of Hearts" was featured on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, and was successful on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon charts.
The company currently represents Jason Mraz, Dreezy, Kittens, XO-IQ, Ruston Kelly, Cody Lovaas, Brooke Candy, Midlake, Night Terrors of 1927, and Annie Stela.
The publishing division of BSE began as a service of its management clients, primarily dealing with BSM artists and their collaborators. In 2012 the company brought in Peter Coquillard, a music publisher who previously worked with Windswept Pacific, L.A. Reid, HITCO, and Network One Music Publishing, to expand the publishing division to include songwriters unaffiliated with BSM.
Bill Silva Publishing consists of three publishing entities: Silva Tone Music (ASCAP), BS Management Music (BMI), and Silva Lining Music (SESAC).
Silva Tone consists of:Ainslie Henderson, who wrote "Clockwatching" with Jason Mraz
Michael Natter, who wrote "I Won't Give Up" with Jason Mraz
Stephen "Shebby" Ruchelman, who wrote for Hollywood Undead and Neon Trees including the track "Some Kind of Monster," which was featured on the Iron Man 3 soundtrack.
Tiffany Vartanyan, who has written with Ryan Tedder of One Republic and Demi Lovato
BS Management Music publishes for:John Hogan of Unwritten law
John Anderson, who wrote and performed with Christine Perri
David Pack of Ambrosia
Silva Lining Music currently publishes exclusively for Jeremy Thurber, a pop artist who has collaborated with Jake Miller and Karl Wolf.