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Jay Marciano is the Chairman and CEO of AEG Presents, one of the world’s largest live event companies. During his tenure he has overseen explosive growth in AEG Presents’ global business, including the expansion of the company’s facilities to over 100 music venues, guiding the company to its biggest years of revenue and profitability. Under Marciano’s oversight, AEG Presents has promoted tours from many of the music industry’s biggest artists, including stadium titans such as Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran. Marciano has been a crucial figure in the growth of the festivals business, overseeing a festival portfolio of over 30 festivals that include such iconic names as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach, Electric Forest, British Summertime Hyde Park, C2C: Country To Country, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, among many others. Marciano has also prioritized the company’s global growth with the opening of several international offices and an expansion into Australia, Singapore, Japan, and France. Over the course of the last decade, Marciano has solidified AEG Presents’ place as the most trusted and respected name in the live entertainment industry.

Marciano is responsible for overall operational oversight of all of AEG’s holdings in the touring and concert promotion divisions (including nearly 100 music venues and 23 offices worldwide), AXS ticketing (recently named as one of the ticketing partners for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles), and a growing digital marketing division. He brings to bear deep knowledge of everything from touring talent buying to venue development and a boundless enthusiasm for the dynamic changes of the digital era, which has ignited global growth. “Music consumption has metamorphosized in a way that was unimaginable not that long ago,” says Marciano. “As a consequence, a new generation of music fans is open to so many different kinds of music. There’s an infinite amount available to an increasingly diverse audience, and the live business is getting bigger because the global pool of artists is getting bigger.”

Marciano’s global perspective stems, in part, from having grown up around the world as the son of an Air Force officer stationed in Europe, which provided a foundation for his experience as President and CEO of AEG Europe from 2011 to 2013, when he oversaw all activity in the European region across AEG’s extensive network of venues. While based in London, Marciano also oversaw the acquisitions of the historic Eventim Apollo theater and Wembley Arena, as well as the creation of the aforementioned British Summertime concert series in London’s Hyde Park — which has presented everyone from Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand and Bruce Springsteen to Kendrick Lamar, Adele, and Lana Del Rey — and the C2C: Country to Country festival, a crucial beachhead in country music’s expansion from the United States into Europe.

Marciano, a guitar player growing up, began his career at 21, when he opened three music instrument retail stores in Colorado and his entrepreneurial drive led him to concert promotion. Moving to Los Angeles, his first promotion experience in the market saw him converting the Beverly Theatre – an Art Deco movie theater on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills – into a highly successful concert venue, where he was soon presenting concerts by everyone from James Brown to Madonna. Hired by Universal Concerts in 1984, he oversaw the booking of the legendary Universal Amphitheater along with overseeing the development and operations of a portfolio of a dozen other amphitheaters, rising to President and CEO of the company within 8 years.

From 2005 to 2011, Marciano served as president of Madison Square Garden Entertainment, overseeing bookings, productions, and operations at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre. He rejoined AEG Presents in 2011.

A vintage guitar collector with a passion for Gibsons made between 1957 and 1964, Marciano likes to shake off stress by taking in jazz at the Village Vanguard in New York or The Baked Potato in Studio City. “Hearing a great guitar player, a grooving drummer, or a soulful sax player wailing in a small club clears my head. It would be impossible to do this job unless you are a music fan first.”