Jordan Kurland

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Jordan Kurland is the founder of Zeitgeist Artist Management, LTD. Zeitgeist Artist Management is a music management company in San Francisco, California.[1] Kurland also co-founded and launched the Treasure Island Music Festival, which was launched in 2007 and nominated more than once as the Music Festival of the Year by the concert industry magazine, Pollstar.[2][3][4] Kurland is a partner in the music festival, Noise Pop, which has featured many musicians including, Death Cab for Cutie, The White Stripes, Spoon, The Flaming Lips, among many others.[5][6]


Prior to the formation of Zeitgeist, Kurland spent 4 years at David Lefkowitz/Figurehead Management which is where he gained experience working with Charlie Hunter, The Melvins, and Primus.[7][2]

Kurland gained further board experience with Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Bay Area chapter of NARAS, and Revolutions Per Minute, an organization dedicated to connecting artists with social causes. He also spent 5 years with a position on the board of directors for the Independent On-Line Distribution Alliance (IODA) which ended in a partial acquisition by Sony in 2009.[8][9] Kurland currently sits on the board of the Stern Grove Festival and 826 National.[10][2]

Kurland helped to curate and produce the Future Soundtrack of America CD and “Future Dictionary of America” with author Dave Eggers in 2004. This soundtrack featured artists such as REM, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Tom Waits.[11] Eggers and Kurland also founded the website 90 Days, 90 Reasons in 2012, which featured opinion pieces from contributors including Anne Hathaway, Shepard Fairey, and Ben Stiller who gave their opinions on why they thought President Obama should be re-elected.[12] Using a similar idea, Kurland and Eggers came together in 2016 during the United States presidential election to organize the 30 Days, 30 Songs campaign, which was an effort to bring together musicians to produce protest songs against Donald Trump. A new song was released each day in the last month before the election.[13][14]


Past clients that Zeitgeist Management has represented include Elliott Smith, John Doe, & Grizzly Bear.[15][16] Kurland's company represents many acts including, Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, She & Him, Bob Mould, Best Coast, New Pornographers, Josh Ritter, Beats Antique, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Dan Deacon, Rogue Wave, Jimmy Tamborello, Gilligan Moss, Little Scream and Ledinsky.[17]


  1. ^ "Jordan Kurland". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Pollstar Live 2016". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ Vaziri, Aidin. "Treasure Island Music Festival's decade of surprises". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ Li, Roland. "How an old naval base turned into a $15 million music festival". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ Hardwick, Dakin. "Spinning Platters Interview: Jordan Kurland of Treasure Island Music Festival, Noise Pop, and Zeitgeist Management". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. ^ "The Noise Pop Festtival". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ LeBlanc, Larry. "Industry Profile: Jordan Kurland". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "The Independent Manager: A Dying Breed". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ Maerz, Jennifer. "Gimme Indie Rock!". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Welcome to New Board Members!". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Elliott Smith, Tom Waits and More on Powerful Political Album". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  12. ^ Yamamoto, Michele. ""90 Days, 90 Reasons" Kicks Off with Ben Gibbard and Roger Ebert Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland Want to Remind You to Vote for the President". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  13. ^ Galbraith, Alexx. "Meet The Man That Rallied Your Favorite Artists To Write Donald Trump Protest Songs". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  14. ^ Cillizza, Chris. "Famous musicians are writing 30 anti-Trump songs for the final 30 days of the election". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger raises concerns for Spaceland, indie promoters". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Jordan Kurland: San Francisco's music impresario talks business". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  17. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "ACLU 'Inspired' by Promised Donations From Protest Singles & Compilations". Retrieved 14 February 2017.