Todd Coder has left Emporium Presents two years after joining forces with Dan Steinberg and Jason Zink to launch a new concert booking and promotion company, CODE-R Productions.
Coder says the split with Emporium — which was purchased by Live Nation in October — was done on good terms and was an amicable exit. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, CODE-R Productions will book shows for venue clients like Iron City, Mercy Lounge and Lyric Theatre and promote and produce concerts in the Southeast.
“Going out on my own is something that I’ve envisioned for years but it just never came to fruition,” says Coder. “I’ve been lucky enough to establish excellent relationships in the industry over the last two decades. I’ve gained a tremendous amount of experience from programming and producing major events and by working with a multitude of artists and venues during this period. It was obvious to me that the time was now.”
Coder’s spent a decade as talent buyer for WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, four years booking Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores and a two-year run with Emporium Presents. As part of his agreement with Iron City, Coder will serve as the five-year-old venue’s director of concert programming beginning January 2019.
“Iron City is excited to announce our partnership with Todd Coder and CODE-R Productions. We’re confident that Todd and his team will help continue our reputation as one of the south’s premier music venues,” says Iron City GM James Claborn. “Todd’s relationships in the industry will provide even more new and exciting opportunities for Iron City.”
Coder will also serve as co-talent buyer of Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge and the High Watt, working alongside longtime venue talent buyer John Bruton.
“Fielding a music dream-team of deeply respected talent buyers like John Bruton and Todd Coder, is really a coup for us,” says owner Todd Ohlhauser. “This is an exciting time for fiercely independent venues like ours and combining efforts, intellect, reputations, and rooms will offer artists more options and ease than ever before.”
Coder will also continue to serve as the in-house talent buyer for Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre, which went through an extensive $11 million renovation and restoration before reopening in 2016.
“Todd has been the talent buyer for the Lyric from day one after its restoration,” says Brant Beene of The Lyric and the Alabama Theatre. “He has a great rapport with agents, artists, and other top industry professionals. He understands that everyone must win for anyone to win.”
Additionally, Coder will continue to promote concerts and events at several venues in the Birmingham area including Avondale Brewing Company, Alabama Theatre, WorkPlay Theatre and more.
“There are a number of people that stand out as the positive influencers throughout my career and I am grateful to them all. However, the experience that I gained alongside Dan (Steinberg) and Jason (Zink) and the rest of the team at Emporium Presents is unparalleled and will forever be appreciated and I look forward to working even more with them in the future,” he says. “To have the ability to start anew with an exciting business platform in the music industry is an incredible blessing. However, to have the opportunity to start off immediately with a core group of venues that I respect, admire and most of all, thoroughly enjoy as a patron is of monumental importance to me.”