About Us

Rishon Blumberg

In 1993, after graduating from the Wharton School of Business with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management, Rishon Blumberg entered the entertainment industry. His career began in concert promotion first at Nederlander Concerts and then Delsener/Slater Enterprises (now Live Nation). After leaving the concert world, Rishon co-founded Brick Wall Management (with Michael), an entertainment management and consulting firm representing musicians, producers, songwriters, and filmmakers.

Over the years, at Brick Wall Management, Michael & Rishon have played a key role in the management, marketing, and development of many artists’ careers. They co-managed John Mayer (with Michael McDonald of Mick Management) from the release of his first album to multiple Grammy wins, sold-out arena tours, and eight million worldwide album sales. In addition to John Mayer, Brick Wall’s diverse client roster, past and present, includes artists such as Vanessa Carlton, Citizen Cope, Martin Sexton, Marc Broussard, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Charlie Mars, Ari Hest, The Clarks, Velocity Girl and William Fitzsimmons to name a few.

In 2007, Brick Wall expanded its roster to include award-winning and chart-topping producers and directors.  Entertainment consulting clients include Young & Rubicam, The Rock Boat, Jon Landau Management, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Natalie Merchant, Miramax, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), Human, The Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at NYU, and Starpolish to name a few.

At Brick Wall, Rishon has also helped produce several music films and TV specials for the firm’s clients, including John Mayer’s Any Given Thursday (certified gold), Operatic Heat, and Remember Me for PBS. Brick Wall client William Fitzsimmons’ documentary, Finding Home, produced in early 2010, garnered two awards at the LA International Film Festival, including Best Documentary Short.

With an ever-growing passion for technology, Rishon and Michael co-founded Setlistics in 2009 with David Blutenthal. Setlistics develops iPhone apps centered around music, including the first-ever app for Bruce Springsteen fans.  In 2012, identifying a need for the representation of technologists, Rishon and Michael teamed up with Altay Guvench to form 10x Management; a talent agency for technology professionals.

Rishon also helps to administer The Kristen Ann Carr Fund for cancer research, and serves on the advisory board of Musicians On Call.  Rishon also spent two long but fruitful years coaching his oldest son’s little league team, arguably his greatest achievement to date.

Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon began his career in the entertainment industry touring with Bruce Springsteen in Europe and working at Sony Music International and Epic Records International.  In 1995, after three years in the major label system, Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit prevailed and he co-founded Brick Wall Management (with Rishon), an artist management and entertainment consulting firm.

Over the years, at Brick Wall Management, Michael & Rishon have played a key role in the management, marketing, and development of many artists’ careers.  They co-managed John Mayer (with Michael McDonald of Mick Management) from the release of his first album to multiple Grammy wins, sold-out arena tours, and eight million worldwide album sales. In addition to John Mayer, Brick Wall’s diverse client roster, past and present, includes artists such as Vanessa Carlton, Citizen Cope, Martin Sexton, Marc Broussard, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Charlie Mars, Ari Hest, The Clarks, Velocity Girl and William Fitzsimmons to name a few.

Michael’s understanding of artist management and marketing has led to multiple speaking engagements at music events such as SXSW and CMJ, and invitations to teach music and philanthropy at NYU.  In 2007, Brick Wall expanded its roster to include award-winning and chart-topping producers and directors.   Entertainment consulting clients include Young & Rubicam, The Rock Boat, Jon Landau Management, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Natalie Merchant, Miramax, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), Human, The Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at NYU, and Starpolish to name a few.

In 2012, Michael and Rishon teamed up with Altay Guvench and cofounded 10x Management; a talent agency for technology professionals as well as joining the board of Charitable Checkout, a tech startup.  At Brick Wall Michael has also helped produce several music films and TV specials for Brick Wall’s artists including John Mayer’s Any Given Thursday (certified gold), Operatic Heat and Remember Me for PBS.  The William Fitzsimmons documentary produced in early 2010 garnered two awards at the LA International Film Festival, including Best Documentary Short.

Michael continuously lends his business acumen and music industry connections to the nonprofit sector, and was featured in the top-selling philanthropy book, The Art of Giving (2010). Brick Wall Management also serves as the pro-bono administrator for The Kristen Ann Carr Fund (KACF), a nonprofit founded in 1992 to find a treatment and cure for sarcoma and improve the lives of all cancer patients.  Michael has close personal ties to the KACF, as it was founded after his girlfriend of four years, Kristen Ann Carr, lost her battle with sarcoma.  The KACF was also the catalyst and inspiration for Musicians On Call, a nonprofit Michael co-founded in 1999.  Through its chapters in New York, Nashville, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, Musicians On Call brings live music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  Since its inception, volunteer musicians have performed for more than a quarter million people.