Dave Bonson

1623 North Mariposa Avenue #100

Los Angeles, California, 90027





Professional Summary


At the age of 14 I opened my own basement venue in Northern Wisconsin. Since then I have gained over 15 years of experience in the music industry ranging from touring, talent buyer, band management, and promotion. I have strong roots in the music scene all around the country and have a good repertoire with venues and artist. I created and ran a riot grrrl festival in Madison, WI for 5 years and made it an annual staple of the community.
Work Experience


Lost Boys Interactive                                                                   Madison, Wisconsin

Community Marketing                                                                                   Apr 2018 – Present

Write to customers in their terms and on their level so that the advertiser’s sales message is more readily received.

Contact press and set up inverviews.

Write copy.

Make creative ads/photos/videos to help increase awareness of our product.

Discuss with the client the product, advertising themes and methods, and any changes that should be made in advertising copy.

Review advertising trends, consumer surveys, and other data regarding marketing of goods and services to determine the best way to promote products.

Collect and analyze sales data, using web traffic metrics such as page visits, transaction size, link popularity, click-through rates, and cost-per clicks.

Conduct online marketing initiatives, such as paid ad placement, affiliate programs, sponsorship programs, email promotions, or viral marketing campaigns on social media Web sites.

Optimize Web site exposure by analyzing search engine patterns to direct online placement of keywords or other content.
DTK Entertainment                                                                Los Angeles, California

Talent Buyer                                                                                                 Mar 2018 – Present

Collect fees, commissions, or other payments, according to contract terms.

Schedule promotional or performance engagements for clients.

Help build a local scene in certain areas.

Work closely with the venue to help increase bar sales.

Manage door money.

Band management.

Tour planning.

Keep informed of industry trends and deals.

Organize and host events

Constantly update google calendar on upcoming events

Use google drive and google sheets to organize artist and events

Keep in constant touch with social media marketers to make sure that events are professionally promoted

Constantly go out to other events to scout new talent
Viper Room                                                                           Los Angeles, California

Freelance Talent Buyer                                                                             Nov 2017 – Mar 2018

Create and organize events

Organize residencies with larger artist.

Negotiate guarantees with performers

Host artist and find other similar artist who can bring in a good draw

Make sure each artist was paid according to their contract

Be in touch with other talent buyers within the company and organize strategies based on upcoming calendar events

Adapt to last minute changes and fix any issues that may have come up
Frequency                                                                                  Madison, Wisconsin

Talent Buyer                                                                                               Jan 2014 – Oct 2017

Create and organize events

Handle door money and distribute it between performers based on their contracts

Promote events with local media

Keep in touch with social media to make sure all information on events is accurate and up to date.

Find similar local artist to put on shows with national touring artist


Rhinelander High School                                                       Rhinelander, Wisconsin

High School Diploma, Jun 2007


Additional Skills


Microsoft excel

Google calendar, sheets, drive

Microsoft Outlook

Over 15 years of experience in multiple areas of the music industry

Good knowledge of the music scene and current trends

Good communication skills


Leadership skills

Quick thinker


Profficiant in social media aps such as buffer and hootsuite

Some video editing skills

Works well under-pressure and meets deadlines


Event planning


  • artist relationships
  • band management
  • community management
  • talent buyer
  • talent scouting
  • venues