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Michael Dorf

Entrepreneur; Founder of The Knitting Factory & City Winery

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 Michael Dorf Biography

Michael Dorf is an entrepreneur first recognized as a pioneer in the music production industry with his multifaceted company Knitting Factory, and later expanded his empire into a widely successful winery, City Winery.

As Knitting Factory Chairman and CEO, Dorf helped bring the concert house to global prominence by expanding into Europe and Asia via tours, branded festivals, and record production and sales. Dorf produced over 200 recordings, a television series, and built a new venue in Los Angeles. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities and sold his equity position to pursue other endeavors, including a Carnegie Hall concert fundraiser series, founding a Hebrew school, and winemaking.

By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery –Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. He later expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago, and set up shop in multiple locations, including Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington DC, Hudson Valley and Philadelphia in 2019.

Dorf has become one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York, an important music impresario, and according the The New Yorker, he has “perfected the art of the tribute concert.” Over 13 years, the fundraiser series has honored legends like Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, and Prince while raising over $1.5 million for such music education programs as the American Symphony Orchestra's Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences New York, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education.

Dorf also has very strong ties to the Jewish Community. He created Tribeca Hebrew, an after-school program in Lower Manhattan and developed the school to 150 children before it merged with JCP in 2009.

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Michael Dorf

Entrepreneur; Founder of The Knitting Factory & City Winery

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Michael Dorf Biography

Michael Dorf is an entrepreneur first recognized as a pioneer in the music production industry with his multifaceted company Knitting Factory, and later expanded his empire into a widely successful winery, City Winery.

As Knitting Factory Chairman and CEO, Dorf helped bring the concert house to global prominence by expanding into Europe and Asia via tours, branded festivals, and record production and sales. Dorf produced over 200 recordings, a television series, and built a new venue in Los Angeles. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities and sold his equity position to pursue other endeavors, including a Carnegie Hall concert fundraiser series, founding a Hebrew school, and winemaking.

By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery –Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. He later expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago, and set up shop in multiple locations, including Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington DC, Hudson Valley and Philadelphia in 2019.

Dorf has become one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York, an important music impresario, and according the The New Yorker, he has “perfected the art of the tribute concert.” Over 13 years, the fundraiser series has honored legends like Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, and Prince while raising over $1.5 million for such music education programs as the American Symphony Orchestra's Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences New York, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education.

Dorf also has very strong ties to the Jewish Community. He created Tribeca Hebrew, an after-school program in Lower Manhattan and developed the school to 150 children before it merged with JCP in 2009.

Michael Dorf Videos

  • Michael Dorf on His City Winery Empire
    From founding the influential NYC music venue The Knitting Factory, to creating his hospitality empire City Winery, Michael Dorf knows how to create...
  • Michael Dorf - City Winery and The Knitting Factory
    Michael Dorf tells his story of coming to New York in the 80s, founding one of New York's rock and roll institutions, The Knitting Factory, and then...
  • Keynote Speaker Michael Dorf-Oregon Wine Symposium 2015
    City Winery strives to deliver a unique high-end culinary and cultural experience to guests who are passionate about wine, music, and dining. By...

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  • How to book Michael Dorf?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Dorf for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Dorf, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Dorf or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Dorf?

    Booking fees for Michael Dorf, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Dorf, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Dorf?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Dorf for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Dorf for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Dorf or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Dorf or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Dorf is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Dorf for your event is available upon request. Michael Dorf generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Diane Prince Johnston, Anastasia Soare, Rachel Fine, Amy Jo Martin and Alex Debelov. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Dorf for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Michael Dorf Speaker Videos

  • Michael Dorf on His City Winery Empire
    From founding the influential NYC music venue The Knitting Factory, to creating his hospitality empire City Winery, Michael Dorf knows how to create spaces that last.
    Michael Dorf - City Winery and The Knitting Factory
    Michael Dorf tells his story of coming to New York in the 80s, founding one of New York's rock and roll institutions, The Knitting Factory, and then innovated entertainment once again by launching...
  • Keynote Speaker Michael Dorf-Oregon Wine Symposium 2015
    City Winery strives to deliver a unique high-end culinary and cultural experience to guests who are passionate about wine, music, and dining. By combining a fully functioning winery with intimate...

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