Erykah Badu at the Fox Theater, Oakland, California, 2010

Dave Chappelle at the Ankh Marketing 5 Year Anniversary, San Francisco, California, 2009

Black Keys at Yuri’s Night 2010 Festival, NASA Ames Center, Moffet Field, California

Snoop Dogg at 2010 Rock the Bells Festival, Mountain View, California

Les Claypool at Yuri’s Night 2010 Festival, NASA Ames Center, Moffet Field, California

Common at Yuri’s Night 2010 Festival, NASA Ames Center, Moffet Field, California

Ankh Marketing specializes in creating intellectual properties that integrate culture, technology and education. Ankh seeks to use its vast network to connect brands with their desired demographic while seamlessly providing music fans unique and high-quality event experiences with their favorite performing artists. Known for professionalism, experience, and an intense work ethic, Ankh Marketing strives to provide nothing less than top quality services for all of its clients and customer base.

Ankh has produced hundreds of successful events since 2004, becoming the most prolific independent event production and marketing company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ankh has produced numerous high-profile event marketing campaigns locally and nationally for corporate, government and non-profit organizations.


2K Sports
AEG Live
Clear Channel
Current TV
Guerilla Union
Gumball 3000
Live Nation
Obscura Digital
City of Oakland
City of San Francisco
Stars TV
Vitamin Water
Youth Speaks Inc
Red Bull
Another Planet Entertainment


Rock the Bells Hip-Hop Festival


Snoop Dogg at the 2010 Rock the Bells Festival, Mountain View, California

2005 Rock The Bells Festival in San Francisco

Nas at the 2009 Rock the Bells Festival, Mountain View, California

2010 Rock the Bells Festival, Mountain View, California

Method Man at the 2006 Rock the Bells Festival, Concord, California

Rock The Bells is the largest annual hip-hop festival in the world, created in 2004 by Guerilla Union and originally based in Southern California. In July 2005 Ankh Marketing independently brought the festival out of SoCal to the Bay Area with an historic concert on the streets of San Francisco featuring Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Redman, Cuban Linx, dead prez and many more. This event was so well-received by the public that it was held again in 2006 at a larger venue.

The momentum continued to grow; RTB launched a 21+ club tour in the winter of 2006, with Ankh Marketing independently producing five dates. In 2007 RTB expanded further, completing a 17-date national tour that was highlighted by the reunion of Rage Against The Machine and an all star hip-hop line up including The Roots, Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def & Talib Kweli and more.

Ankh Marketing has maintained our partnership with Guerilla Union and Live Nation over the years to produce the festival in the Bay Area annually, and in 2010 RTB has continued to evolve when the tour took on a “classics” theme which featured headliners performing their classic albums with Snoop Dogg performing “Doggystyle” and Ms. Lauryn Hill performing “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” to sold-out audiences.

If I Were President

During the summer of 2008, Ankh Marketing collaborated with One Economy Corporation in the production of the award winning online video series If I Were President. The series featured prominent artists and activists describing what they would do if they were the President of The United States. Ankh secured Mos Def for One Economy’s lead video of the campaign, which later received a Telly Award.

Ankh Marketing also provided additional artist acquisition on site at the Democratic National Convention, procuring Wyclef Jean, George Watsky, Kamala Harris and other celebrities and dignitaries for their participation in the project.

Current TV Launch


At its inception in 2004, Ankh was already working with some very prominent clients, like a former Vice President of the United States. Teaming up with GTM Central, one of the nation’s leading urban marketing and branding agencies, Ankh crafted a campaign to launch Al Gore’s Emmy Award-winning user-generated content-based TV network, INdTV, later renamed Current TV.

Organizing the Take Back TV event, Ankh collaborated with GTM and Current to throw a massive block party for the network by Current’s headquarters across the street from AT&T Park with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn in attendance as well as performances by Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Michael Franti, Goapele and many more. The launch party was so successful it turned into a five city national tour.

Working closely with Current TV heads Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Ankh and GTM helped craft a cool and relevant brand for Current’s introduction to the nation.

Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2010


Yuri’s Night 2010 Festival video recap

Yuri’s Night 2010 Festival Flyer

Yuri’s Night 2010 Festival, NASA Ames Center at Moffett Field, Mountain View, California

In April 2010 at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, Ankh Marketing teamed up with NASA to hold the first ever music festival held on a NASA base.

To mark “Yuri’s Night,” the internationally celebrated anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin, Ankh brought a dynamic range of artists from urban music acts Common and N.E.R.D to alternative and indie rockers The Black Keys and Les Claypool. Not overlooked, an education component for local K-12 students exhibited some of NASA’s latest technologies and interactive exhibits as along with speakers like Steve Wozniak, Q-Bert and others to speak to packed crowds of students.

I.S.I.S. presents
Black Genius

In February 2011 Ankh Marketing produced its second event under the I.S.I.S. Project brand entitled Black Genius: A Celebration of African American Innovation, sponsored by Verizon Wireless.

The event featured lectures by NASA engineers and live performances by Martin Luther, Los Rakas and The R.O.D. Project. The highlight of the evening was an inspirational speech by Grammy-nominated producer and Harvard graduate Ryan Leslie. Ankh plans to produce this event annually during Black History Month. Ankh provided all talent acquisition, production and marketing.

I.S.I.S Black Genius poster

I.S.I.S. Science & Culture Festival

In September 2010 Ankh Marketing once again teamed up with NASA to produce the first annual I.S.I.S. Science & Culture Festival. I.S.I.S. (Instituting Science IN Schools), Ankh Marketing’s pilot program with the mission of utilizing new technology to create culturally competent science curricula for underrepresented communities, kicked off its inaugural Science & Culture Festival at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California.

Consisting of NASA speakers, youth poets, performing artists such as Goapele and a special holographic presentation created by Ankh and Obscura Digital and featuring Mos Def and NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin.

The I.S.I.S. Science & Culture festival fully integrated youth culture and marketing with interactive science exhibits creating a fresh and unique experience for the young people in Oakland. Ankh is looking to bring the festival to science centers nationally, and continue building on its success at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland.


I.S.I.S. Festival video recap

I.S.I.S. Science & Culture Festival, Oakland, California, 2010

Mos Def in I.S.I.S. hologram video

Mos Def and astronaut Leland Melvin

Goapele at I.S.I.S. Science & Culture Festival, Oakland, California, 2010

It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop

In December 2005 Ankh Marketing co-wrote and co-produced a documentary aired nationally about the popular and intensely political rap group dead prez called It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop.

Splicing footage from a concert produced by Ankh with interviews of the group, members of Ankh and hip-hop scholars and contemporaries, the film gave dead prez a platform to showcase their music while giving insightful background on the group and the political movement they represent. The documentary was broadcast on the STARZ in Black and other STARZ affiliate networks, receiving critical acclaim.

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Gumball 3000

Gumball 300 poster

In August 2008 Ankh Marketing produced the Official 10 year Anniversary Gumball 3000 Rally Launch Party at Temple Night Club in San Francisco, as well as assisting in production and marketing of the rally itself, an incredible eight day drive to the Beijing Olympics which showcased 120 finely tuned and modified cars driven by film stars, the cast of Jackass, musicians, sport stars, and thrillseeking billionaires.

The Gumball 3000 brand has grown organically from its origins as a notorious car rally into a successful global lifestyle and entertainment group. In 2007, Forbes magazine valued the Gumball 3000 brand at over $200 million.

Youth Speaks

Ankh Marketing has maintained a close relationship with Youth Speaks, America’s leading literary youth non-profit. Ankh, a staunch supporter of Youth Speaks’ mission and growth, provides pro-bono marketing services to Youth Speaks for major events. Ankh has also provided talent acquisition and production services, most notably in 2005 when Ankh booked hip-hop activists dead prez to headline Youth Speaks primary annual event, Brave New Voices.

Ankh also booked star hip-hop performer Talib Kweli as the headliner of Youth Speaks Living Word Festival in Houston, Texas, as well as Mos Def as headliner of Living Word Fest OaklandAnkh looks forward in collaborating and supporting Youth Speaks in the coming years.

Youth Speaks' Brave New Voices on HBO


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Partner, Strategic Partnerships

Darius Barron
Partner, Creative Director

Thomas Flannery
Partner, Director of Marketing

Russell Gatewood
About Face Consulting

Thomas Goodwin
Partner, Director of Operations

Kamel Jacot-Bell
Partner, Managing Director

Derick Prosper

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Partner, Assistant Director of Marketing


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September 20, 2011 – Ankh Marketing is featured in September 2011 issue of True Magazine (pdf)

July 14, 2011 – Ankh Marketing Celebrates 7 Year Anniversary with Erykah Badu & Questlove in August (pdf)