Steve's Open Road


Contemporary Productions

“Music brings you back. It brings you to a center... a spirit. You can't do that in business.”


Entrepreneurship Music


Chance Choices Determination Fulfillment Passion Regrets


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Steven Schankman, concert promoter and president of Contemporary Productions, a specialized producer of entertainment events By remaining true to his passion for music, while at the same time valuing the business skills his grandfather taught him when he was a young boy, Steven created a rewarding career for himself in the entertainment industry. Tempted along the way to follow a more conventional route, he planned to attend law school, but the lure of the music world proved stronger; he changed his plans. By then he had already established a reputation in Saint Louis both as a musician and as a booking agent for bands. His big breakthrough came in 1969 when he booked the Grateful Dead for a concert, shortly after the band's well-publicized drug bust. Before long Steven and his business partner were booking concerts around the country. Their small, local company eventually became a multimillion dollar business. Happy about the twists and turns of his career, Steven never regrets the choices he has made. His passion for music remains as strong as ever.

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