Who we are

From corporate activation to event production to PR and marketing – we are your one-stop solution in the entertainment realm. The broad reach of our involvement in the industry ensures that we are constantly on the forefront of positive change and in touch with where South African entertainment needs us most.

Co-founded by Maryke Zietsman and Jessica Schnehage, The Project Room is a multi-faceted company offering clients a variety of services to choose from in both talent booking and event sectors. The partnership is a combined wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience collectively spanning more than 20 years.

Jessica Schnehage

Jessica Schnehage


Jessica started her career in the entertainment industry at the age of 18 as a self taught artist manager and agent. Her talent was picked up by leading South African event promoter Hilltop Live less than a year later, spring boarding her into the entertainment industry in earnest. Heading up the booking department in talent buying for the company for many years, Jessica moved on to become principle agent at Southern Pulse Agency. During this time Jessica gained invaluable experience working with prestigious South African artists and event productions which included her involvement in Oppikoppi Festival, Old Mutual Encounters, Levi’s Young Guns, Grahamstown Festival, Aardklop Festival and various high end corporate events.

Based in Cape Town, Jessica has to date worked with a host of leading artists, including Karen Zoid, Vusi Mahlasela, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Die Antwoord, 340ml, Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel, aKING and Zebra & Giraffe.

Facilitating creatives as well as representing them in the business arena comes naturally to Jessica. Growing up in a highly creative household, it has seemingly always been second nature for her to operate effectively and meaningfully in the music arena. She is fiercely passionate about helping artists to flourish and committed to growing and empowering the music industry in South Africa. Her dedication is driven by the knowledge that music is one of the most compelling contributors to a sane and uplifted society, and that a message crafted through music holds an immense power that is capable of catalysing positive social change.

Maryke Zietsman

Maryke Zietsman


Maryke is a seasoned industry expert in marketing, brand management, eventing, festival production, artist management, international talent advance, stage management and talent bookings.

Based in Johannesburg, she played an integral part in the careers of artists such as Taxi Violence, Not My Dog, Perez and The Narrow as well as working with artists such as Arno Carstens and Springbok Nude Girls, Freshlyground and Boo!

Maryke has successfully managed international talent tours for the likes of Charlize Theron, The Prodigy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos, Everything Everything, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Castles, Scott Stapp (Creed), Albert Hammond and Feeder as well as film premiers, marketing and brand management for Nu Metro, Ster Kinekor and live events for Peroni Strada and Black Label.

Jessica works hard with passion and insight and can be relied on to deliver what you expect and much more. She is one of only a handful of people that I have written recommendations for. For the simple reason that she is one of the few people that deserves the praise.

Nancy HillaryDirector of All Things Entertainment

I have worked closely with Jessica for the past 7 years and can honestly say that it is always a pleasure to work with her, she is one of the most skilled and hard working booking agent and artist liaison’s I have had the luxury to work with. Jessica is professional and loves her job and that reflects in her work ethic.

Brendan SterleyDirector at Apollo Artist Agency

Jessica is very tough and not easy to get around, this is one of the most valuable attributes a booking agent can have. She is consistent with her communication and has everything you need, when you need it and usually ends up being the one chasing you to get things done.

Dominique GawlowskiPartner at Griet Artist Management & Event Design

Jessica is a pleasure to work with; she knows her products & artists and always offers the best service. I would recommend her for any work.

Tabitha Hoy ForrestEntertainment Consultant at Pickled Ginger