It all starts with a good foundation…
Philly Independent Productions was built from the ground up by a seasoned team deep in the independent live music production, venue management, talent buying, & artist management scene in Philadelphia.
We are dedicated to offering the most welcoming and hospitable experiences for artists & guests from load-in to load-out. PIP operates under the umbrella of FCM Hospitality – a Philadelphia-based hospitality & entertainment company managing bars, restaurants, and seasonal pop-ups throughout the region.
In an industry that a few giants are slowly acquiring, we vow to preserve spaces for the independent working musicians in Philly and beyond. Where artists can still earn fair pay, be treated like guests in our home, and leave with a memorable experience that will bring them back time & time again.
Meet the team.
Philly Independent Productions is the brainchild of Avram Hornik, owner of FCM Hospitality, and Marley McNamara, a tenured tastemaker in the Philadelphia music scene.
Avram Hornik, a leader with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, has created some of the area’s most popular permanent and temporary venues in the city. Hornik’s most notable contribution to the Philadelphia live music scene was his creation of Union Transfer, one of Philly’s most nationally-celebrated music venues in history, and the gone-but-never-forgotten Boot & Saddle. After it was shuttered, Hornik also redeveloped Ortlieb’s back into a live music venue. In 2013, Hornik leased the Met on Broad street and spent two years developing it into a live music venue. Even though Hornik has since sold these iconic venues, his passion for live music persists with this new venture.
McNamara’s track record in the local music scene ranges from a decade-plus in artist management, working with emerging acts including The Districts and others, as well as a long-running stint at Johnny Brenda’s in production show running and more recently, as their local and regional talent buyer. McNamara has also built an impressive reputation as an independent promoter over the years which has led her to navigate farther down that path, eventually leading to this current venture with Hornik and FCM.
Having a knowledgeable, patient, and experienced production team was one of the most critical aspects of building this company from the ground up. McNamara and Hornik found their leader in Matt Schenck. Throughout the last decade, Matt Schenck has a vast history as a mixer, producer, sound engineer, and project manager. He has spent time working with bands in the studio and on the road, building recording studios and mixing live concerts in places such as New York City, Nashville, and Tulsa, OK. After returning to his adopted home city of Philadelphia, Matt is excited to join Philly Independent Productions, and he’s focused on developing a new chapter of the city’s thriving music scene.