About SMA

Sue McLean & Associates (SMA) was founded by the esteemed, independent concert promoter Sue McLean. Sue was an integral part of the live music community for several decades. Sue’s music industry career began in the mid 70’s, as a booking agent for The Suicide Commandos and Curtiss A. Sue went on to become the in-house talent buyer for the legendary Duffy’s Nightclub and then rounded out the early 90’s in her role as Special Events Director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. By the mid 90’s Sue formed Triad Entertainment (later becoming Compass Entertainment) and ultimately launched her own independent concert promotions firm, Sue McLean & Associates (SMA), in 1998. Sue paved a way for female leaders in the industry and served as President of SMA until her untimely passing in 2013.

The current SMA team remains committed to honoring Sue’s legacy through business operations and relationship management that aligns with Sue’s ideals and values.

SMA continues to bring high profile and genre diverse entertainment to the Twin Cities area adding to the vibrancy of the local music scene. SMA produces the Music in the Zoo concert series at the Minnesota Zoo. In 2017, SMA celebrated the 25th anniversary of this iconic summer music series. SMA continues to be exclusive talent buyer for Cities 97 Basilica Block Party and SMA books, promotes and produces 100+ other concerts, festivals, private and/or corporate events annually.


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