Myron G. Martin
President and CEO
Myron Martin has a rich history in the performing arts business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Martin spent 15 years with Baldwin where he managed the concert and artist division in New York City. Mr. Martin was responsible for over 300 artists and organizations including Billy Joel, Dave Brubeck, The Boston Symphony, and the Kennedy Center.
He moved to Las Vegas in 1995 and served as Executive Director of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. During his tenure, he maintained his artist relationships while building a strong Foundation and Museum. Mr. Martin was responsible for distributing grants to more than 50 of the nation’s most prestigious schools for the arts. Although, he enjoyed the philanthropic aspects of the foundation, he longed to get back to daily artistic management.
For the next four years, he led the UNLV Performing Arts Center, developing a new concert series in the process. This series, titled the “Best of the New Stage” was a box office smash. Altogether, he was responsible for more than doubling ticket sales.
CityLife said “Martin continues to do wonders with the Performing Arts Center. In just a couple of years, he’s turned a once ill-defined, unreliable program into a steady offering of professionalism. If anyone ever wonders if there’s really any artistry in producing, tell them the story of Myron Martin. He gives the profession respect.”
When the Las Vegas community was asked to respond in the wake of September 11th, Mr. Martin and producing partner Neil Miller, orchestrated a once-in-a-lifetime concert performance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center that benefited the USO. Every artist on the Strip and many from around the country participated. The event raised $350,000.
Today, Mr. Martin is more enthused than ever about the cultural future of Las Vegas. The Smith Center will attract a broad cross-section of the Las Vegas valley. This cultural campus is much deserved and will enhance our quality of life.
As someone who gave in to the belief that Las Vegas was a cultural wasteland when he moved here, Mr. Martin is proud to have contributed to the cultural enrichment of the community. He strongly believes that a world-class performing arts center will create Las Vegas’ cultural place on the world stage.
Mr. Martin continues to produce the annual Best of Las Vegas awards show for the Las Vegas Review Journal, in addition to pursuing other creative projects. He along with Michael Gill produced the Las Vegas production of the Broadway smash, Hairspray.