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About Flowerbooking

Learn about Flowerbooking through the frequently asked questions answered below. Please feel free to contact us regarding the availability of our artists. The best way to go about this is to submit an inquiry via the individual artist pages. Information on current job opportunities and internships at Flowerbooking can be found in the employment section.
938 N. Damen Ave. #1F
Chicago, IL 60622
PH (773) 289-3400
FX (773) 751-5545

Flowerbooking is a company that plans live concerts, tours, and other events for its artists and clients. We represent the artists mainly in the USA and Canada, although we have recently expanded into territories such as Central + South America, Japan, Australia and the Far East. Flowerbooking has also produced concert tours such as the "Rockstar Energy Drink AP TOUR" and assists with sponsorships, tour planning and event production. Our hands on experience in tour production and personal service is rather unique among our peers. In addition to booking tours, we also dedicate time simply to solving problems, helping artists with budgeting, and many more interesting things. Between the three agents, there is a combined 40 years of experience in all aspects of touring life.
After writing for some local music magazines and working at her college radio station, Susanne Dawursk (nee McCarthy) started touring with bands during breaks from school and started working with venues to organize shows for friends. Flowerbooking was born officially in 1990. She moved to Chicago in 1994 and that's when Flowerbooking really started to grow.. Tim started in 1997 after working at some Chicago area music venues.. Mahmood came to Flower after running his own agency in Boston until 2002.
Well you were 18 once right? You might remember how the decisions you made then you might never make now? Well, uh, yeah. That's how we feel too, "Flower" was named more as a joke in the beginning but now name has stuck and we hope what it stands for can transcend its humble roots... oh yeah, did I mention that Flowerbooking sets us up for a lot of terrible puns too?
Flowerbooking is located in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL While many agencies are located in New York and Los Angeles, Flower's central Chicago location has many great advantages. Chicago is America's 3rd largest city, has a wildly vibrant and diverse music scene, comes with a great lake, and is a down to earth kind of place. You can still find street parking here, if that's any indication. The nicest thing about running an agency in Chicago is that we get a chance to separate the "hype" from what real, everyday folks are reacting to in the vast land of music. We're only a 3 hr plane ride away from any other American city, and we make sure we take advantage!
Flowerbooking started many years ago simply as a way to help some friends' bands organize their live shows. Since then, Flower has been the home of well over 300 artists of all shapes, sizes and musical genres. While things these days are definitely more organized, that initial principle is still the same. In our eyes, our artists are not just "clients" but family - and with that comes great honesty and trust. We strive to develop close, long-lasting relationships and help each artist with their own specific vision - whether that be one small tour every couple of years or a full world-domination plan of attack. No two people are exactly the same, and neither are their bands. The music business as a whole has evolved into an environment that encourages short-term success over long-term artistic (and personal) development. We have been able to stand firm in the face of that trend. Music is still a brilliant an unpredictable art form - as are the fine folks who create it - and it means quite a bit to us to be a part of our artists lives through the ups AND the downs. While its fun to have a few gold records hanging on our walls, we do not measure success solely as a product of record sales, hit singles and sold out concerts. The attention with which we have assisted our artists in making their music a way of life is our ultimate measure.
Flowerbooking celebrated its 10 and 15 year anniversaries by holding a series of benefit concerts in Chicago featuring many Flowerbooking artists of the past + present. It's a great honor to us that we've been able to put these events together and even get to 10-15 years! (100% of proceeds were given to local area charities. Over $100,000 was raised between the two events.
Check back in 2015.
There is a very long answer to this short question. It's a combination of countless factors, but the ones that count the most is how much we like the music of the artist in question and how realistic the artist is with his/her goals versus level of commitment to the reality of those goals. (i.e. the music can be awesome, but if you're expecting to be a rock star overnight or star in reality TV, this might not be the place)
We're going to be brutally honest with you: the odds are against it. There are a lot more bands than booking agents. About a million more. There are only so many artists that we can accommodate on our roster while still adhering to our founding principles of personal service for each and every one. We have many bands and individuals that we have worked with for 10 years or more as a result of our dedication, and we make some difficult choices sometimes as a result. BUT, it is always worth it to keep us up to date with what you are doing. Odds are we might not be able to book your band, but it doesn't mean we're not interested in your music!
Absolutely Yes. We try to listen to everything - although keep in mind we can't listen to everything the minute it's received. We are always looking for good local or regional support bands for our tours and incidentally, we still LOVE MUSIC and listen to it constantly. However, save your CDs + stamps here - we don't need 5 copies of a CD as we do share them in the office, and we don't need pictures or much more than the CD itself. Press kits are nice and all, but they don't fit in our stereo.
No. Don't do that to anyone without asking first. In fact, we would much rather check out your social media and other online streaming sources, as mp3s and other music files are simply too large for our email to handle.


Flowerbooking is currently seeking interns for the summer season (May-Aug). Interns must be available two or three days per week from 12 to 6 PM. This is an unpaid position, but an ideal opportunity for those interested in gaining meaningful experience in the music industry. General duties include answering phones, processing contracts, obtaining ticket counts from promoters and assisting the agents of Flowerbooking in the day to day operation of the agency. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the Flowerbooking artist roster, have an outgoing and strong work ethic, and a deep interest in music or music business. No experience is necessary.

Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter containing availability to internship@flowerbooking.com. Interviews for spring internships will begin immediately. Flowerbooking happily complies with programs to grant college credit for interns.