Jordan Kurland

San Francisco, California, United States

I founded Zeitgeist Artist Management in 1999 with the goal of fostering long-term careers for independently minded artists. We've been so fortunate to work with a number of incredibly talented and important acts over the last 15 plus years. Our current roster features Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, She & Him, Bob Mould, New Pornographers, Best Coast, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and Rogue Wave.

In 1997, I began working on the Noise Pop Festival with founder, Kevin Arnold. At the time, Noise Pop was a five day small club festival featuring 35 artists. Over the next few years we expanded it to include multiple shows and venues each day, added a film festival, art shows, and even a few panels. Nowadays the festival, which has been dubbed 'it's own institution' by the SF Weekly, features well over 100 acts in 20 or so venues over a six day period.

In 2007, we, along with Another Planet Entertainment, we launched our sister event, the Treasure Island Music Festival. At the time there weren't many 'boutique' outdoor music festivals in the world. Our goal was to replicate the Noise Pop in aesthtic on a man-made island smack dab in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. I'm happy to report that it worked. Over the last seven years we have had amazing performances by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Atoms for Peace, Beck, Public Enemy, Death Cab for Cutie, Deadmaus, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Haim, Phantogram and many, many more. I guess it's no surprise that SPIN stated 'In a few short years, Treasure Island Music Fesival has become the quintessential San Francisco music bender.'

In addition to the above, I also sit on the board of a couple non-profits: 826 National and the nation's longest running free music festival, Stern Grove. Past board's I have spent time on include Headlands Cener for the Arts, the Bay Area Chapter of NARAS and Air Traffic Control, an organization dedicated to connecting artists to social causes. I also served on the board of IODA for a number of years ending with the company's partial acquistion by Sony in 2009.

A few years ago I began investing in restaurants in my neighborhood. I am currently involved Central Kitchen, Wise Son's Deli, Salumeria, St. Vincent and the bar, Trick Dog. I am also an investor in water bottle manufacturer, Life Factory, the on-line community that makes sharing things easier, Yerdle, and newly launched digital platform for artists, Open Aura.

  • Work
    • Noise pop industries
  • Education
    • Pitzer College