I’m David Gerratt. Over the years, I’ve performed on a number of stages and promoted music in many settings — from a local farmers market to urban concert halls, from restaurants to stadiums. It is my mission and my pleasure to bring together artists and audiences to share a moment outside of the routines of daily life.
I spent much of my youth at The New England Conservatory of Music, studying the piano and music theory, performing in a children’s choir, and occasionally appearing in operas in the Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (when they needed a kid). Elsewhere, I performed in plays and musicals, organized a ragtime band, sang in an a cappella group, and accompanied other singers and musicians on various stages. Longing to re-experience some of the joy of creation and performance, a few years ago, I helped organize a seven-voice a cappella group (check out one of my arrangements/performances at the “Working For Scale” link below) and hosted a weekly blues jam, where I got to “tickle the ivories” with some great local talent (“Use Me Up,” below).
Though I’d been booking music for our local farmers market and a restaurant for several years, in late 2015, I went all in and created Fugitive Productions. Since then, I’ve produced more than 150 music, comedy, and storytelling events, and sold more than 10,000 tickets to happy patrons, in a half dozen towns west of Boston. Occasionally, I get to sit in on the keyboard with a performer, including the great Kemp Harris (listen below).
Some other fun facts: produced materials for and volunteered backstage at Farm Aid concerts for decades; experienced my “15 minutes of fame” after a theater performance when The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling told me, “You’ve got a future in this business, kid.”; started a homemade ice cream shop in Amherst (a year before Ben & Jerry’s); worked in London writing and designing materials for a natural foods company; was the in-house graphic designer for Oxfam America for seven years; worked as a graphic arts and print production trainer in West Africa for three years; co-created a traveling bookstore servicing nonprofit and co-op events throughout New England.
My day job: I own and operate DG Communications (aka NonprofitDesign.com) which “promotes the good work of others by helping them look good.” I work primarily with organizations that promote environmental health, and social and economic equality. I’ve created print materials and websites for hundreds of nonprofits and educational institutions. I help my clients inform people, raise funds, and inspire action.