The public is invited to the New Heights panel discussion, “Booking Agents and Promoters: What They Do and What They Are Looking For” on Wednesday, March 29, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Centre, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. This free panel discussion will provide valuable insight into the world of a booking agent and promoter. Panelists Maki Hsieh and Betty Elle will share their professional experiences in the field, how they make decisions, what they are looking for when booking acts and many other important components of creating a show. Invitees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the discussion. This workshop is free, and no reservations are required to attend.

            Maki Hsieh is Executive Director of the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, a $20-million, 40,000 square-foot concert hall. Her 20-year career closing $6.6 billion in transactions as a corporate executive, non-profit professional and arts veteran includes serving as Director of Development at the Gallo Center for the Arts and working in executive communications for the Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. Hsieh is also a talented 12-language soprano, violinist, lyricist and composer. Her Skrillex remix made number one on Electric Dance Music (EDM) charts in 2013.

Betty Elle has been running Naked Betty Booking since 2011.  Her roster contains some of the premier Psychobilly, Punkabilly and Revved-Up Rockabilly bands on the scene.  She has had the pleasure of booking bands on tour from all around the world, including The Rocketz, Stellar Corpses, Hard Fall Hearts, Kitty in a Casket, The Silver Shine and many more.  Her bands have had the pleasure to have played and toured with such notable bands as Nekromantix, Tiger Army and Social Distortion. 

            New Heights is proudly presented by the Santa Clarita City Council and the Santa Clarita Arts Commission. The panel discussion series is designed to assist artists, performers and arts organization representatives to expand their knowledge and to learn valuable tools to increase their ability to be successful.  A complete listing of the New Heights series, discussions and lectures is available at SantaClaritaArts.com.