Laura Simpson is the founder of two music companies – one that helps artists book live shows (Side Door) and one that helps artists self-manage and self-release (The Syrup Factory).

Side Door was founded in 2017 by Dan Mangan and Laura Simpson as a virtual booking and ticketing platform to match artists with hosts to create shows in homes and alternative venues. While it may be powered by tech, its heart is in facilitating live music experiences.

The Syrup Factory was founded in 2015 in response to the many artists who need support on a project to project basis. This team of five offer expertise in the areas of strategy, marketing, branding, publicity and funding in order to amplify the artists’ vision.