Mike Kraski, CEO
As owner of Tenacity Management & Consulting, Tenacity Records and Tenacity Label Services and CEO of Blue Guitar Publishing, Mike Kraski brings a unique breadth of experience to today’s ever changing music business. “My diverse background certainly is an asset in guiding artists and clients along the uncertain paths and murky landscapes of our world. It allows me to view problems and opportunities from multiple perspectives” says Kraski.
Prior to launching Tenacity, he founded and ran Equity Records, an artist friendly model that continues to impact label and artist relations today. While at Equity, Kraski re-launched the career of Little Big Town, giving them their first radio hits and selling over 1.5 million units of their CD and making the release the #1 independent album of the year in 2006. As important as the success was, instituting a business model that gave artists ownership of their masters and giving them creative control and a partnership stake in all decisions.
Kraski began his career in the music business with CBS Records as an inventory clerk, while simultaneously attending college in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his degree in journalism, and worked his way up the corporate ladder at CBS/Sony, gathering invaluable sales experience in Pittsburgh, and later in Dallas, where he helped break Rodney Crowell, Ricky Van Shelton and Shenandoah. He moved to Nashville in 1989 as the label’s Vice President of Sales, and in 1996 was named Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. In 2001 he became Executive Vice President and General Manager, a post he held up until his departure from the label in May 2003. Under his guidance, Sony Music/Nashville helped launch the careers of some of the genre’s most important and successful artists, including the Dixie Chicks and Montgomery Gentry.