We caught up with Darrell Wagner of Gig Roster to hear all about his company's origins and what "Equality is Good Business" means for him.
GSBA: Tell us about your business. How and when did you get started? Why did you decide to build your business?
Darrell Wagner: It started in 1983. I was still in college and was always helping churches find musicians for various productions. So I started a little company called Musicians Unlimited and assumed I would make lots of money hiring violin players at church shows - I didn't. But along the way, people started asking me to find them a band for weddings or entertainment at a corporate parties. So I thought, “Sure, why not?”
Over the years, this venture grew and evolved into what is now Gig Roster. Gig Roster is a talent-buying agency which services clients of all kinds across the US when they are looking for talent for any kind of event.
GSBA: What makes Gig Roster Special?
DW: We are in a happy business. Almost every event we are associated with is a celebration of some sort. Whether it’s a wedding, party, or a corporate event. We simply like bringing the “wow” to anything we’re associated with by providing good guidance and excellent talent, so our clients have an experience they'll always remember.
GSBA: What does “Equality is Good Business” mean to you?
DW: At this point in my career, and also being in the entertainment business, we work with probably the most diverse set suppliers and artists possible. Every one of them comes at it from a different perspective, but the one thing that’s universal is they want to share their art with others. Equality, acceptance, and diversity is simply baked into our business model. It makes this sort of career easy to enjoy and easy to fully embrace, both as an artist and business professional.
GSBA: Why did you decide to become a GSBA member?
DW: Originally, it was because it was the easiest way to get NGLCC Certification. In retrospect, I should have done it many years ago. I love the vibrant community and number of ways to get involved with the most engaged and nurturing community I can imagine. I guess I should have known the LGBTQ community would be welcoming and at the front of the line in providing great things for each member to prosper! I’m thrilled to be working with the caliber of people I've encountered.
GSBA: How can GSBA members become involved with Gig Roster?
DW: Call us or take a look at the amazing artists we represent at GigRoster.com. If you know someone who is looking for entertainment for any kind of event, mention that you heard of us through GSBA. We’re always happy to talk to people who’ve heard of us through the GSBA community. Performing artists who’d like to be involved can simply register for free. We have all the tools you need to promote to a wider audience.