Meet the Industry Movers Working Together to Steer the Careers of Madonna, U2, Britney and More

We’re including this series of articles (click and you’ll see it’s more than one, hence the term “series”) so you can see that artist management isn’t always just one person walking around a hotel lobby with the band and a cricket bat in his hand.  Many of the top artist managers either run large companies that represent multiple artists or, like in the article above, are a collection of companies that join forces to represent top artists. 

We got here because of the news this week that Arcade Fire let go of their long-tenured manager, Scott Rodger.  See HERE for some details.  Here’s a key takeaway from that article, which will give you some more background:

“Rodger was one of the nine founding members of the Live Nation-owned Maverick management consortium in 2014, which he joined after running his own independent firm Quest Management for over two decades. Aside from Arcade Fire, other key clients at Maverick include Paul McCartneyLily AllenLa Roux and Mikky Ekko.”

Three years ago, nine managers joined forces with Maverick. Click on the pic or title above so you can really get a good sense of who these “industry movers” are. 

“Its nine partners are Maverick’s Guy Oseary, Laffitte Management’s Ron Laffitte, I Am Other’s Caron Veazey, Blueprint Group’s Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant, Reign Deer’s Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber, Quest Management’s Scott Rodger and Spalding Entertainment’s Clarence Spalding. Collectively, they manage more than two dozen of the planet’s biggest artists.”

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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music & Entertainment Industries and Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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