East Coast Music Conference (ECMC) is adding Kevin Lyman to its roster of speakers during the event held on May 9–12 in Norfolk. Kevin Lyman is best known as the visionary entrepreneur who created the Vans Warped Tour.
Lyman has reimagined the live show and festival experience, shaped popular culture and corporate branding. He founded the Vans Warped Tour in 1995 and has curated the groundbreaking festival through its 24-year run. Today, Lyman embraces a new era of unbound creative and business opportunities with The Kevin Lyman Group, a premier event production and strategy firm. “This is a rebirth, and I am looking forward to new opportunities and fresh challenges,” he says.
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Lyman has been led by his principles with his work. “Punk rock is about challenging the norm and changing the world,” he says. “What’s guided me in this quest has been my philosophy which includes music, education, philanthropy and bringing people together.” ECMC Executive Producer Grace Garvin adds, “We really are privileged to have someone like Kevin Lyman speak at ECMC. Our mission, coming from our own DIY background, is to help artists take control of their careers and connect with music fans. We’re building a supportive community that bridges genres, geography and more through music. Kevin has been doing that for over 30 years. He’s an inspirational figure.”