About SMA

Sue McLean & Associates (SMA) was founded by the esteemed independent concert promoter Sue McLean, who served as President of SMA until her passing in 2013. Sue was an integral part of the live music community since the mid 70s when she got her start as a booking agent working with the likes of The Suicide Commandos and Curtiss A. She was the in-house talent buyer for the legendary Duffy’s Nightclub, and went on to become the Special Events Director at the renowned Guthrie Theater until leaving in the mid 90s to form Triad Entertainment (later Compass Entertainment), ultimately launching her own independent concert promotions firm, SMA, in 1998.

Since Sue’s passing, SMA continues as a premier concert promotions business building on Sue’s success and unique brand. The SMA team, many of whom worked under Sue for years, is committed to carrying on her legacy.

SMA continues to bring a high profile array of entertainment to the Twin Cities area, contributing to the vibrancy of the area’s acclaimed music scene. SMA is the longtime and exclusive talent buyer for the Cities 97 Basilica Block Party in addition to talent buying for many other festivals, private and corporate events. SMA also produces the Music in the Zoo Concert Series at the Minnesota Zoo, now it its 25th year, as well as an array of 100+ local and national concerts around the region each year.


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