Tributes for artist manager Gary Salzman, who dies of complications caused by COVID-19

The founder of Big Management, Gary Salzman, died on Tuesday (March 31) from complications caused by the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Salzman, a prominent figure in dance music circles, founded Big Management in 1991.

The firm covered both artist management and promotion, and worked with the likes of Todd Terry, Tony Humphries, Cher, Everything But The Girl, Ray Roc, Jason Nevins and David Guetta & Chris Willis

In the modern era, New York-based Salzman and Big Management continued to work with the likes of Randy Jackson (and his Dream Merchant 21 label) and Kevin Jonas.

On hearing of Salzman’s death, Jackson tweeted: “Rest in peace to my amazing, long time friend. took you from us too soon. You were a legend. Love you brotha.”

Big Management released the statement below, which said: “Gary has made such an impact on so many people’s lives and it’s hard to imagine a future without his big heart and smile.”

Salzman’s Facebook page is also littered with tributes from friends within the music business.

Good Morning (As Gary would always say),

As we are all facing this difficult time, it is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we send this email today. Our dear friend, Gary Salzman has passed away yesterday evening due to complications battling COVID-19.

We here at Big Management join Gary’s family, friends, and loved ones in this great loss. For those of you who knew Gary, we ask that you remember and celebrate his smile, hard work ethic, sense of humor, and big heart. We hope that in this tough time you are all able to remember Gary’s passion and love for not only the music industry but for each and every artist he’s worked with throughout his dedicated career.

We hope everyone stays healthy and connected with your loved ones. We are all in this together and hope to represent Big Management while continuing Gary’s legacy. Gary has made such an impact on so many people’s lives and it’s hard to imagine a future without his big heart and smile.

We all join together to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Gary’s family, friends, and loved ones.

We will be sure to notify everyone as best as possible regarding future arrangements. Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

[Pictured: Salzman, third from left, at the BMI Awards with John Saunderson, Andrew Jenkins and Aram Walstra.]Music Business Worldwide