by Dan Emmons
Broad Street Music Group was started in the basement of a Temple University frat house and is now taking hold of the music scene throughout the Philadelphia area. Conceived by Dave Silver and a crew of friends, BSMG was started in February 2012. “Everything from 2012 has changed, everything besides the mission behind the company which is to create opportunities for the undiscovered artist,” says Silver. No longer are they operating out of basements, but rather are booking events at major Philadelphia locations like the Sigma Sound Studios, North Star Bar and The Legendary Dobbs.
BSMG is starting to book bigger acts to give the undiscovered artists better opportunity. For their release party on August 17th they have Mic Stewart,The Burgeoning and Matt Wade and have a resume of the likes of Ground Up, Tayyib Ali and Chiddy Bang.
“I believe Broad Street Music to be the premiere outlet for young Philly talent as it stands now. Everything we do, we do for the musician.” By gathering a team of musicians and music minded businessmen together, Silver built up BSMG internally as well as with great partnerships across the city like Dub Caesar Apparel, WIRED 96.5, Mirror Image, Neuro Beverages and Red Bull.
Having 15+ shows a month, people would think finding talent would be the ultimate challenge, but Silver has set up talent scouts on the internet, at other Philadelphia shows and allows submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. He points out their qualifications are “hard working, passionate, and raw.”
BSMG has a close relationship amongst its staff. So close in fact that two of Silver’s roommates are part of the company. “My roommates (Will & Kevin) are the heads of the newly created Broad Street Music Media sector. These guys are as talented as they get for what they do. Instead of sitting around playing video games, we sit around the home office and create new ideas for advancing the company.”
With the total BSMG team at 18 members from a mere three under a year ago, the expansion is continuing. Identifying as a full-scale booking and production company, Broad Street Music Group plans to continue its expansion and representation of artists in the Philadelphia area and is hoping to eventually have a BSMG Tour.
So what can you expect to see on August 17th? Besides some of the top acts in the Philadelphia music scene meshing with the newest talent, but also free home-cooked food, swag from the event sponsors and vendors, possibly some free alcohol, and of course what company launch would be complete without an ice sculpture? There will also be a red carpet and professional photo shoots for all attendees!