About The Company
Gurtman and Murtha opened its doors as a public relations organization, representing many of the world's great artists, attractions, and cultural institutions. Through the years, they added the services necessary to foster the growth of artists and the expansion of the business. When called upon, they act as tour impresarios, concert promoters, and booking agents. They developed T.V. and radio spots for many classical artists and dance companies, some of which were so effective and distinctive that Advertising Age devoted a major feature to the company's efforts. Shortly thereafter, articles appeared in The New York Times , The Daily News, and other major newspapers. Both Gurtman and Murtha agree that their direct-marketing campaign for the video, The Best of Victor Borge, remains the most successful direct television and print campaign of its kind and has contributed to sales of more than three million tapes. According to Jim, "it introduced Victor to three new generations that now flock to his concert performances".
New to the list for next season is Grammy award-winning artist Rita Coolidge. She will tour performing arts center and symphonies as well as offer a special Christmas program. Country star Don Williams has also joined our roster. In recent years, G&M has moved more toward the middle ground, pop side of the entertainment business as performing arts centers and symphony orchestras have begun to look more to these types of artists to fill their concert series. Judy Collins and Jim MurthaSuch artists as Victor Borge, Judy Collins, Keely Smith, Janis Ian, and Carol Lawrence among others call G&M home. We also have routing availabilities for "Mr. Hawaii" Don Ho, Shirley Jones, The Kingston Trio, the Nylons, and Charley Pride.
Two PBS shows are currently running. One of them is "Judy Collins Live at Wolf Trap" which captures the musical magic and personality of this great artist. Starting in March 2001 - "The New Shanghai Circus" will begin airing. We have had enormous success with this action packed show. It has played well with repeat "series" engagements. The company, which received rave reviews from the New York Times for its Broadway run, is also a superb family attraction.
Swedish piano sensation Robert Wells has a PBS program with full symphony orchestra. Murtha says "This is a spectacular way to introduce him to America. Robert brings a blend of Classical and rock music unlike anyone else performing today". Also look for America's first lady of piano, Ruth Laredo, on the Bravo Network this fall and a spring tour for pianist Abbey Simon, including his annual Carnegie Hall Concert on April 11, 2001. He has been hailed as the last of the Great Romantic Pianists. On tap for next season is the outstanding new string quartet - "The Elements". Pulitzer prize winner David Del Tredici calls them "... Exciting and innovative.. An important new ensemble". Also in their first G&M season will be a North American Tour for "Quartango". This superb ensemble from Canada will be a must for your classical series.
For your family events, they will tour Barry Williams (Greg) in the concert version of his NBC hit "Growing Up Brady". The wonderful world of magic is represented by Greg Wilson in his spectacular Evening Allakazam!, and the very popular Dublin's Irish Cabaret with funny man Noel V. Ginnity.
Today, G&M has expanded to become a full - service agency. Its New York branch offers public relations, management, and booking in any combination that any artist, or personal manager may need. In addition, G&M opened a theatrical division. This year, they were responsible for booking the national tour of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess as well as Pump Boys and Dinettes, Anything Goes and The Sunshine Boys with Dick Van Patten, which will be out for G&M in the Fall and Spring of the coming season.