Neil J. Cacciottolo
Neil J. Cacciottolo, better known by his professional name as Neil (Guitar Man) Cacci; is a prolific session guitarist, arranger and vocalist and music industry representative now celebrating over four-decades in the music business.
Neil began his music career as a demo intern at many record labels, chiefly the legendary Chess and Mercury Records in Chicago.
Neil followed the MCA team to Nashville in the mid-seventies and further honed his songwriting and recording crafts.
In 1981, Sunset Promotions of Chicago, Inc., was incorporated.
After more than three-decades, the company has branched out to include; music publishing, recordings, distribution, consulting and education.
Neil has had nine-years of music education; two of those years receiving a Masters Certificate at the American Conservatory of Music Cum Laude in Chicago and seven-years of private instruction at Carnevale School of Music.
Neil was graduated from Omega School of Communications receiving a degree in Media/Journalism.
In 1997, Neil was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in Music from Cambridge, England and is currently serving as a special consultant in A&R to a major record label in Nashville.
Neil as well as Sunset Promotions, Inc., was the recipient of numerous music awards including; Record Label and Promoter of the Year Award by the Country Music Associations of America, Grammy Nominations and Eligibilities, and is Writer/Publisher member of ASCAP and Publisher Member of the Harry Fox Agency.
Currently, Neil is a music educator and continues to be active in the studio and is a Production Signatory Member of the AFM and with the Nashville Federation of Musicians, Local 257 and Local 47 in Hollywood, California.
Neil is the author of; "The Do's and Don't of the Music Industry", a reference textbook and has recently graduated from Blackstone Law, recieving a Master's Certificate as an Attorney Associate for Copyright and Intellectual Property Law.
Title of Past and Current Presentations for Music Clinics and Workshops:
• “What You Really Need To Know About The Music Industry”
• “So You Want To Make A Career In The Music Business”
• “Modern Guitar and Vocal Techniques”
• “Songwriting and Arranging Techniques”
• “Modus operandi… don’t be scared, it’s just a technique”
• “Sound Recording and Production Techniques”
• “What You Need To Know About Public Relations, Promotion and Distribution”
An event planner can expect an expert delivery through Neil's overall vision and goal for the event.
Neil works in tandem with Sunset Records America and utilizes a synergystic team approach inaugurated to best serve the venue and audience.
Details such as type of event, budget, presentation, guest count, theme, topics and creative angles are discussed at length prior to the scheduled date and consistantly applied.
Press releases to electronic and print media are generated from our Chicago office four to five weeks weeks out prior to the date and follow-up calls are made to pitch feature stories surrounding the event through phone interviews.
Neil's lecture series are of the highest quality and and in return, makes the vendor and establishment stand out by booking an individual whom has considerable knowledge, experience and endurance to capture the audience; both as an entertainment feature and educational medium.
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