meet Nancy  

The idea to start Northwest Artist Management in early 1989, grew out of Nancy Anne Tice's volunteer work with the Portland Opera and a life-long love of great music.
During her tenure with the Portland Opera, Nancy spent a year as the president of the volunteer organization, Friends of Portland Opera, was a member of the Board of Directors and organized and produced a variety of entertainment for the promotion of the Opera season for five years.

From that organizational and production work, she started Northwest Artist Management with several of the artists that she had worked with at the Opera.
As a child she studied classical piano and later, the violin. While a student at Lewis & Clark College, she studied the violin with Boris Sirpo, who was a protégé of the great Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. In 1968 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University.
Click here to see a letter of reference from Jean Sibelius to Boris Sirpo.

In October 1991, she started writing a monthly column, Notes & Chords, and other feature articles, in Jazzscene Magazine, published by the Jazz Society Of Oregon. She was invited to write the column as the result of the article she wrote about the PDX Jazz Summit, a seven-part series, featuring some of the finest, Portland-based jazz artists televised on nine consecutive Friday nights, on Oregon Public Broadcasting, in October 1991.  She was named Associate Producer, after suggesting the idea to Maynard Orme, then CEO, of OPB.  She wrote her column for 21 years, until October 2012.


Nancy takes pride in creating special enter- tainment options for weddings, concerts, festivals, and private and corporate functions in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. She has also booked engagements for clients as far away as London, England, South Korea and most of the 50 United States.

Mozart To Mainstream:
Nancy is celebrated for the caliber of the artists on her roster which has grown to include just about any style of musical entertainment or instrument that clients could want. From Arias to Zydeco, soloists to elegant dance bands and just about anything in between.  Check the "Search By Style" Roster for ideas. 

Northwest Artist Management can accommodate your entertainment needs, including booking national talent.  Theme parties are a specialty.

Northwest Artist Management is proud to represent Caribbean vocal sensation, Ruppert Blaize, who was recently made an Ambassador to the United States by his home country of Antigua...think "Harry Belafonte meets Nat King Cole", the remarkable vocalist, Shelly Rudolph, who sings sultry, swingin', steamy jazz, and soulful, funky dance music.

Nancy is also proud to represent Oregon's Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada, 2006 - 2010, who presents Poetry and Jazz concerts entitled, "Sentimental Journey", with an all-star jazz ensemble. Rick Homer is the trumpet player in the band.  His father actually wrote the song!  Larry Nobori plays clarinet and alto saxophone, bassist Andre St. James, pianist Gordon Lee, and vocalist Nola Bogle.


Please be sure to check out our new webpage on, as the "Jazz Specialists", for weddings and corporate events.  In it, we define 5 different kinds of danceable jazz, as well as background jazz, to make your search easy and fun!!  Also check our blogs where we also define and explain jazz styles.




In addition to representing outstanding musical artists, she has produced as number of concerts, including publicity and designing and writing the programs, written dozens of press releases, designed press kits, and handled promotional services for artists, and non-profit arts organizations. (Portland Chamber Orchestra), She wrote, and was awarded, two grant requests for the Jazz Society of Oregon, resulting in a workshop at Portland State University entitled The Gist Of Jazz.

On March 2013 Nancy Produced a successful benefit concert, "Out of Sight Salsa" for the School for Piano Technology For The Blind in Vancouver, Wa, aka, "The Piano Hospital", the only school in the world that teaches blind students how to become piano tuners and technicians so they can have the dignity of earning a good living when they graduate.

Nancy is proud of the personal service and attention to detail she has provided for thousands of bookings and will continue to offer the finest artists and entertainers available in the area, to her many return and ever growing list of satisfied clients.

Nancy Tice
, Tenor, Angelo Marenzi, and Kat Larson at Andrea Chenier, Opera By Umberto Giordano
March 1988

Nancy enjoying Sunday Brunch at The London Grill

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