GAMI/Simonds, LLC is a full service management and booking agency founded and based in Morris, CT USA. Directors Laurelle Favreau and Don Verdery have each been passionately working in Arts Management for over three decades. In 1991, they merged their respective companies (Verdery’s Simonds Management of Morris, CT, and Favreau’s General Arts Management, Inc (GAMI) of Toronto, Ontario) to form GAMI/Simonds, LLC.
GAMI/Simonds is responsible for all aspects of the professional careers of each artist it serves, including booking tours and recordings, tour management and supervising day to day activities and special projects. In addition to the artists on our roster, GAMI/Simonds offers its years of experience in road management and U.S. touring logistics to foreign artists on a case by case basis. This includes the filing of visa petitions on behalf of the artist and/or presenting organization(s) and consultation on foreign artist U.S. tax obligations.
GAMI/Simonds, LLC represents singer/songwriter Nano Stern, documentary theatre company Porte Parole Productions, classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery, flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, chamber program “Compassion” with Lior of Australia and “Sounding Thunder: the Song of Francis Pegahmagabow”, a truth and reconciliation project.
GAMI/Simonds is a member of the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA) of which Laurelle Favreau was a board member 2010-2016 (secretary from 2012-2016), Western Alliance of Arts Administrators (WAA) and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).
Who We Are
A former violinist and pianist, Laurelle Favreau began her career started her career in advocacy for French rights in Canada, producer of a French Theatre Festival in Saskatchewan, film and video production.
She joined General Arts Management, Inc. (GAMI) in 1983 as Booking Representative for Canada and Europe and was named Vice-President in 1986 working under company founder Peter Sever. In 1986, Favreau purchased GAMI from Sever, representing the Amsterdam Guitar Trio, Cambridge Buskers, James Campbell, Allegri String Quartet, Shauna Rolston, Peter Oundjian, Jon Vickers, pianists Peter Donohoe & André Laplante, Moe Koffman and Dizzy Gillespie.
Favreau was President of the Canadian Association of Artists' Managers (CAAM) in 1988 and 1989 and secretary of NAPAMA 2012-2016. In 1993, she merged with USA based company Simonds Management to form GAMI/Simonds, LLC.
Ms. Favreau's responsibilities for the company are world-wide sales, management, special projects and market development.
Simonds Management was founded by Don Verdery, in 1982, promoting the careers of classical and world-music artists in the United States and Europe. Prior to the formal founding of Simonds Management, Don Verdery spent seven years as manager/agent for the Cobble Mountain Band, a country-rock group from the Berkshires that toured throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southwest.
In 1982, Don formed Simonds Management representing classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery. During the 80's the Simonds Management roster included solo artists, classical ensembles and dance companies. Through Ben Don met flamenco guitarist Paco Peña and through Paco the legendary Chilean ensemble Inti-Illimani (28 years with GAMI/Simonds).
In addition to managing artists, from 1986 to 1991, Verdery was the Executive Producer for the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts which presented a classical guitar series in New York City, Washington, Milwaukee and San Francisco.
Beginning in 1996 Don began offering his USA visa services to the performing arts community in general and today has over 50 clients from all corners of the globe. www.gamisimondsvisa.com
Don’s areas of responsibilities are the company’s immigration and tax service, marketing, contracts, itineraries, road management, artist tech and publicity.