Artist and label services company IDOL has appointed Nashville-based Thomas Sharp Maxwell as General Manager, USA, to lead the growth of its operations across North America.
As General Manager, Maxwell will focus on drawing new talent to IDOL’s US team and developing its local roster.
Joining IDOL in 2016 as its first US employee, Maxwell was previously Senior Director, Label Development and A&R.
In recent years, he has led the signing of some of IDOL’s first North American label clients. These range from storied New York jazz label HighNote Records to neoclassical and ambient imprint Moderna Records, with recent signings including Montreal-based record label and creative agency House of Youth in September 2022.
At the same time, IDOL says that Maxwell has been instrumental in a number of key campaigns, including its partnership with Exceleration Music and the Ray Charles Foundation on the release of the True Genius box set, which has since amassed over a quarter of a billion streams.
Other successes include IDOL’s work with indie pop artist Ginger Root, under its partnership with Nashville-based Acrophase Records.
This has grown Ginger Root’s Spotify monthly listeners from 135,000 to 1.1 million and YouTube subscribers from 8,000 to 251,000, as well as launched his first headline US tour and seven recent sold-out shows across Asia.
Maxwell’s promotion is IDOL’s latest move to bolster its US team, following the hire of Allison Kleshefsky, its New York-based DSP Editorial & Partnerships Lead last year.
Prior to joining IDOL, Maxwell held roles at Universal Music Group Nashville, as well as in the streaming and live ticketing sectors.
“One of the biggest blessings in this industry is the ability to work with music you’re truly passionate about, and for me, working at IDOL fulfills that notion everyday.”
Thomas Sharp Maxwell, IDOL
Maxwell commented: “One of the biggest blessings in this industry is the ability to work with music you’re truly passionate about, and for me, working at IDOL fulfills that notion everyday.
“I consider myself lucky to work amongst such a talented and experienced team and look forward to further developing the US office and playing a part in IDOL’s history as a whole.”
“Over the past few years Thomas has had a central role in building IDOL’s global presence. We’re excited to see the US team continue to grow under his leadership”
Pascal Bittard, President, IDOL
IDOL’s President, Pascal Bittard, added: “Over the past few years Thomas has had a central role in building IDOL’s global presence.
“We’re excited to see the US team continue to grow under his leadership and develop its network of partnerships with forward-thinking labels and artists that share our independent mindset.”
IDOL has offices in Paris, London, Berlin and Johannesburg, and a presence in New York, LA and Nashville.
In June 2020, IDOL hired Marit Posch as General Manager, Germany. Posch set up Modeselektor’s label Monkeytown Records and worked with the label for 10 years.
In February 2018, Sean Maxson was hired as General Manager for North America.Music Business Worldwide