Hospitality | Entertainment
Frank Productions | Madison
Joel Plant joined Madison-based concert venue promotion company Frank Productions as its chief executive officer in early 2017. He was previously the chief of staff in the Milwaukee Police Department, an aide to former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz with a focus on public safety and neighborhood issues in the city, and Madison’s first alcohol policy coordinator. While working in the mayor’s office, Plant helped develop downtown Madison’s annual Freakfest celebration, which first introduced him to Frank Productions. Plant has also worked as a research assistant for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing and as a crime analyst in an Arizona police department. He has criminal prosecution experience.
With a national footprint, Frank Productions provides oversight to two brands, Madison-based FPC Live and Nashville-based National Shows 2. It has produced national tours for the likes of Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2019, FPC Live entered a preferred promoter agreement with Summerfest’s parent company, Milwaukee World Festival Inc., through which FPC has preferred booking rights to national touring shows during non-Summerfest dates at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater and BMO Harris Pavilion.
That partnership grew into a proposal late last year from FPC to develop a new concert venue complex near the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Following opposition from neighborhood residents, FPC dropped those plans, and days later announced a new proposal to instead build a $50 million concert venue complex at the former Bradley Center site in the Deer District in downtown Milwaukee. Once it opens, the complex is expected employ about 18 full-time staff and hundreds of part-time workers,
Education: Bachelor’s, Marquette University; master’s, Arizona State University; J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison