Scott Alderman,
Executive Director

Scott Alderman is an idea man, producer, and organizer. After getting thrown out of college his freshman year, he began working in the music business, first as a roadie and stage manager, and then as road manager and agent for jazz artists including Lionel Hampton, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Mose Allison, and Barney Kessel. He has worked in human services, as a counselor at a residence for homeless people with AIDS in New York, and at a methadone clinic in San Francisco. His career has included stints in back-office operations, first at Morgan Stanley, and then as managing director of a publicly traded NYC-based messenger company. In 1998, Scott returned to the music business to launch the Tattoo the Earth festivals, which included an eighteen-city US tour in 2000 with stops at Giants Stadium, Red Rocks, and Suffolk Downs, and featured Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, and Slipknot. In 2001, after the law banning tattooing in Massachusetts was overturned, he produced the first tattoo festival in the state. From 2010 to 2014, he was administrative director for the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The narrative thread that runs through all of Scott's work is a fierce dedication to ideas, design, action, and results, and a lifelong desire to make a difference. Scott has a BA in literature and writing from Columbia University.