Posted on 04/21/15 by in BOP STOP
By MaryAnn Dowdell
As a participant of the Youth Opportunities Unlimited Pathways Internship Program, I had the opportunity to interview Gabriel Pollack, the manager of The Music Settlement’s night club, the BOP STOP. During the interview I was able to receive better insight as to how the music management business works.
We began the conversation with a few basic questions. I inquired about what he enjoyed most about his job, and he explained that his excitement comes from being able to work with all kinds of different kinds of organizations, bands, and customers. Even though the day itself can be tedious, he said that the show can be the most rewarding when he sees the reaction from the people in the audience. He also explained that throughout his time at work he is usually involved in event planning, music business, contract writing, and so forth. To complete those tasks smoothly requires him to have all of the key qualities: motivation, organization, a cooperative manner, and a positive attitude while working with others.
I then asked Mr. Pollack about what he plans for the future of the BOP STOP. He told me that his aim is to create a venue that fits to Cleveland’s diversity. He wants a variety of musicians to be comfortable performing at the club, which in turn would also enable the public to think outside of the box about music as a whole. For example, if someone were to ask an older gentleman what Jazz was, his interpretation of the genre may differ from the answer of a youth of today’s era. He also announced his goal to be listed in Downbeat’s Top 100 Great Jazz Club Venues guide.
That same question tied into my next one, which asked for his opinion about the connection between music and the people of Cleveland. He mentioned that the BOP STOP is a space that invites new music and even old music that hasn’t found its platform yet. By allowing this flow of creativity to be leaked out to the public, he noticed that when people come into the establishment they don’t realize that they already like the music.
Overall, I then understood that Mr. Pollack sees how the people of Cleveland are like blank canvases. Due to the multicultural atmosphere this city owns, the people make it very easy to introduce new sounds into the world that represents the diversity we all proudly share.
After that enlightening answer, I asked him about what he appreciated most about The Music Settlement and its contribution to the community. In his answer, he expressed how impressed he was that TMS can provide quality education for all ages, ranging from infancy to the elderly, and be able to keep their members engaged and involved for years.
To wrap things up, I asked him if he had any advice for those who wish to manage their own night club, and his response was to just stick with their passion. When times got tough for Mr. Pollack, he kept pursuing what he enjoyed, which was music business and production. He then happily explained that after a while everything fell right into place for him, and there’s no other direction to go but forward.
MaryAnn Dowdell is an intern at The Music Settlement's marketing department, courtesy of Youth Opportunities Unlimited