COVID-19 has been rampaging through the world on a global scale and the levels of losses are unfathomable.
The pandemic has globally left over 55,000 people dead and over a million who have tested positive.
While the music industry has been hit hard and a number of DJ’s and Producers have been directly impacted by the pandemic, a void was left by the death of a major artist manager in the industry.
Gary Salzman, Co-founder of New York-based Big Management died earlier this week due to complications from the killer coronavirus. In a statement posted to the company’s Facebook Page on Wednesday (April 1), they said,
“As we are all facing this difficult time, it is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we send this today. Our dear friend, Gary Salzman has passed away yesterday evening due to complications battling the COVID-19.
We here at Big Management join Gary’s family, friends, and loved ones in this great loss. For those of you who knew Gary, we ask that you remember and celebrate his smile, hard work ethic, sense of humor, and big heart. We hope that in this tough time you are all able to remember Gary’s passion and love for not only the music industry but for each and every artist he’s worked with throughout his dedicated career.”
Salzman and his business partner Joe Koppie came together in 1991 to start Big Management. The company worked with some of the biggest names in dance music over time aswell such as David Guetta among others.
Many of his clients and friends paid him heartfelt tributes across social media and took a minute to urge people to stay in do our bit to help curb the virus as medical systems globally struggle to treat those impacted.
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) April 1, 2020
We lost @salzman_gary yesterday to complications with #COVID. He was not only my manager but also my friend. He believed in me and all his artists with sincere passion and grit. He gave me confidence and a massive career boost. He will be sorely missed. We had so many laughs. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3kKsEh9vrw
— Jann Klose (@JannKloseBand) April 2, 2020
I wasn’t done learning from you. I wasn’t done hearing your voice & laughing with you. And I’ll never be done missing you. Love you forever, @salzman_gary.
My manager Gary passed from Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/Si8f2Mqf7h
— Alicia Madison (@AliciaMMusic) April 2, 2020
I love you @salzman_gary You were more than a manager, u were a mentor, a true friend, someone who told it like it is. U believed in me & pushed me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am going to miss the heck out of you & your loud GOOD MORNING JENNIFER phone calls 💔
— Jennifer Rene (@JenReneMusic) April 1, 2020
- Music Community Stands Up in Support of Protests Erupting Across the United States Addressing George Floyd’s Death - June 2, 2020
- Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil – Diplo’s Country Album Is Out Now - May 30, 2020
- Coachella Reportedly Speaking To Artists to Rebook For 2021 After Postponing to October 2020 - May 29, 2020