Our team consists of passionate, driven professionals with diverse music industry experience. JMA is also proud to run an internship program for recent college graduates, shaping young professionals into enthusiastic and skilled leaders.

Who we are

Jeff McClusky

Jeff has played a pivotal role in the exposure of music and contemporary recording artists for over 35 years. He has continually recreated the methods through which entertainment content is channeled to reach its target audience. His extensive network of relationships has been of resource as a music consultant and strategic intermediary between brands, advertising agencies, and the music industry at large. 

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Ryan Carey

Director, National Promotion & Artist Services

Ryan graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Business Management.  Prior to JMA, he spent time working in event and talent management, music advertising and event placement. With considerable personal study in music performance and his proficiency in operations, coordination and management, Ryan utilizes his well balanced management base and promotion expertise in handling all new artist & consulting opportunities for JMA.


Jake Dinneen

National Promotions Manager

Jake graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communication and Media. Prior to working for JMA, he played in a variety of Chicago-based alternative bands while interning with Music Garage. It is here where he gained considerable experience as an office coordinator and music industry professional. Here at JMA, Jake handles alternative promotion, as well as acts as the point person for incoming artist submissions.

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Zane Waxman

 Creative Director & WeLaunch Internship Coordinator

 Zane graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Education & Social Policy, but spent the final years of his time at Northwestern studying entrepreneurship and the entertainment industry with MBAs at Kellogg School of Management.  Zane oversees JMA’s independent consulting projects and is charged with expanding our reach into new areas of the business.  Drawing on his background in education, Zane also coordinates JMA’s WeLaunch internship program to provide an excellent and hopefully life-changing experience to all participants.


Jeremy Padorr

Executive Assistant 

Jeremy Padorr became Jeff’s executive assistant in August of 2018 after demonstrating extreme talent and dedication to his work at JMA during the WeLaunch program in summer of 2018.  Jeremy is a graduate of the “Arts Management” program at Indiana University and hails from Highland Park.  Jeremy has a great ear for music and a strong vision for how to help artists thrive.  Currently, Jeremy assists Jeff to support the smooth operation of the business.

"WE-Launch" internship program

Our WeLaunch program us one of JMA's crown jewels. We strive to serve as a bridge between extremely talented young people and lifelong careers in entertainment. Every 3 months we accept a new set of interns and offer them hands-on work experience, focused mentorship, and major networking opportunities with high-level executives throughout the industry. After graduating from the WeLaunch program, we make a special effort to help our alumni land ideal jobs that line up with their professional and creative passions. 

Current Interns

Jonny Joffe is a graduate of University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign with a strong history of supporting artists as an early stage promoter.  He works with multiple early stage artists, from rappers to singer-songwriters, and brings a great enthusiasm and passion to the JMA team.

Emily Cosgrove is a senior at Depaul University who was a long-time leader of the Depaul Music Business Assocation.  Emily is highly involved with the Chicago music scene and has a strong awareness of some of the best up-and-coming music across multiple genres.


We have helped place over 150 WeLaunch alumni into great careers over the past 35 years; these alumni have gone on to become world-class record executives, artist managers, live event promoters & producers, talent scouts, and so much more. 

Many of Jeff McClusky & Associates’ best and brightest have continued onto other organizations within the music industry including: Compass Records, co-sign, Live Nation, Maverick, Monterey International, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Victory Records, Warner Music Group, and The Windish Agency.