Sidehatch Entertainment Group

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Sidehatch Entertainment Group
Industry Entertainment industry
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts
Key people
Ben Maitland-Lewis (Founder, Executive Director), Chris Cave (Partner, Managing Director), Christopher Thomas (Producer)

Sidehatch Entertainment Group (SEG) is a Boston-based music company with brands in concert and festival promotion, marketing, industry consulting, tour bus rentals, software development and client-based services including presentation, performance, and organization.


SEG was founded in 2004 by Ben Maitland-Lewis, whilst attending Berklee College of Music.

Past SEG clients include Wilco, Newport Folk Festival, Daniel Lanois, Piebald, The PTown Festival, Boston Urban Music Project and Bowery Presents.

Current Products[edit]


Internet radio podcast available on iTunes featuring music from SEG artists, interviews with major label artists and professionals such as Fat Mike (NOFX), Bryn Bennett, (Bang Camaro), and Enter Shikari.

Grease Bus[edit]

The SEG crew overhauled a 19-passenger shuttle bus, creating an eco-friendly grease burning tour bus, enabling bands to get on the road whilst avoiding the expense of gas prices. [1]

Sound and Video Production[edit]

The SEG office, located in Charlestown, Boston, shares space with a live venue[2] and recording studio frequented by local Boston as well as touring acts.

Indie Ambassador[edit]

Founded in 2009 by Ben Maitland-Lewis and Chris Cave of Sidehatch, Indie Ambassador is a software development company currently in pre-beta, slated to launch during 2011 with a new platform geared towards independent artists. Though not yet released, the platform is 'intended to create a horizontal playing field for bands seeking to do business.'[3]

Indie Ambassador TV[edit]

Indie Ambassador TV, a YouTube channel and an internet blog presented by Indie Ambassador (see above), is designed to feature performances and interviews from a variety of artists who represent the growing trend for independence in the entertainment industry.[4]

Apprenticeship Program[edit]

Ben Maitland-Lewis and Christopher Thomas of Sidehatch Entertainment lead an 8th Grade Academy apprenticeship program (in addition to a college-level internship program)[5] on “CD Business”. They teach students the fundamentals of creating a Business Plan, a Marketing Plan, how to identify their target audience, pitch the project, and produce a CD to be sold to their local communities and businesses. The money raised from these exercises is invested through the Summit Group and goes to the Alumni Scholarship Fund for the student’s college tuition.[6]


Artist Album Title Released
Spiritual Rez Spiritual Rez 2005
The Thickness Girth Control 2006
KID:NAP:KIN Touring The Riot Scene 2006
Thick As Thieves We Planted Driftwood And Nothing Changed 2006
September Twilight Evolution 2006
Shanghai Thrills Goodbye Guilt, Hello Lies 2007
Zen Robbi Pawn Gone King 2007
Citizen Schools General Eclectic - Vol III 2007
The Thickness The Kids'll Love It 2007
Thick As Thieves True Believers In The Long Walk Home 2008
KID:NAP:KIN Hush Now... 2008
Barnacle Friends Of B 2008
Citizen Schools General Eclectic - Vol IV 2008
September Twilight Evolution 2008
The Thickness The Thickness 2008
Half Pint Compilation 2009
The Thickness Recession Special 2009
Citizen Schools General Eclectic - Vol V 2009
Zen Robbi Heavy Lies The Crown 2010
Piebald Nobody's Robot's - documentary DVD 2010
Piebald Nobody's Robot's - live concert 2010
The Murder Mile Rebel Hearts 2010
The Thickness Karaoke Headliner 2010


  1. ^ Faraone, Chris (March 1, 2010). "Greasing The Skids". Boston Phoenix. 
  2. ^ "Foundry24, a collective for creative industry". 
  3. ^ Sisenwein, Adam (November 10, 2010). "Interview with Ben Maitland-Lewis". We All Make Music. 
  4. ^ Leeds, Jeff (January 10, 2006). "Independent music on move with internet". International Herald Tribune. 
  5. ^ Occhino, Lisa (March 8, 2011). "Internship Information Session". 
  6. ^ Smith Jr, Colney (December 9, 2007). "Hub Students Learn Music Biz". Boston Herald. 

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