Various Artists Management ramps up presence in the US with new Los Angeles base

Barns Courtney

UK-born artist management company Various Artists Management has increased its presence in the US with a new office in Los Angeles.

The company, which was founded in 2008, has had a presence in the US since 2016, and has now purchased a property in the Hollywood Hills that will incorporate offices, studios and accommodation for clients and guests.

According to Various Artists, its US division, which has previously helped steer the careers of artists such as Charli XCX, is looking to build on its achievements to date with Ashnikko and Barns Courtney, as well as its current roster, which includes Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Sad Night Dynamite among others.

Current and forthcoming US activity from the company’s roster includes Barns Courtney, whose singles Fire and Glitter & Gold have both achieved Gold status in America.

Courtney has also signed a global deal with 300 Entertainment directly in the US, and has relocated to Los Angeles.

Yonaka has signed a new deal directly to Lava and Jason Flom, while Sad Night Dynamite are signed to Elektra records in the US and embarked on a US tour in December. They have been confirmed as special guests to Glass Animals on the band’s forthcoming US tour.

Ashnikko is continuing to build on the success of her US Gold certified single Stupid, US platinum certified single Daisy and US double platinum selling Doja Cat co-write’ Boss Bitch, says Various Artists.

She also recently completed a coast to coast US tour, which sold 50,000 tickets in three days.

Meanwhile, LA-based band Palaye Royale have recently signed to Various Artists Management and are currently guesting on the Yungblud US tour, which will be followed by sold out headline dates across Europe, including London’s Roundhouse.

Signed to Sumerian/Universal, the band will release their third album soon, says Various Artists, and have scheduled an Autumn US tour, which will culminate in a headline show at the Palladium in LA.

In addition, Tom Grennan has achieved a No.1 album in the UK this summer, and has been signed to Arista Records in the US by David Massey and will start his first American tour in 2022.

“With so many exciting projects now coming to the fore it was time to ramp up our operations.”

Matt Luxon, Various Artists Management

Matt Luxon, CEO of Various Artists Management US, said: “Since 2016 we have been building a significant presence in the US and have enjoyed success with a number of our artists.

“With so many exciting projects now coming to the fore it was time to ramp up our operations to provide the support and infrastructure that our artists need when working in the US and our new base in Los Angeles will be an amazing creative hub.”

In 2019, Various Artists sold a minority stake in its business to US-based entrepreneur John McEvoy.

Last month Italian distribution company and record label Artist First struck a wide-ranging new agreement with Various Artists.Music Business Worldwide

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