We love em, we fear em, we need some of their talent and they need all of our money. Booking agents are a critical part of the music business and this year's Billboard Live Music Summit in Los Angeles — which will include more than 40 top agents, representing 10 major and independent talent houses that help mold young artists into future headliners.
This year Billboard is honoring two titans of the music business at Paradigm — the late Chip Hooper, with the second annual Chip Hooper award — and Marty Diamond, who will sit for a keynote interview with Billboard industry editorial director Robert Levine. Earlier this year, Diamond was promoted to serve as Paradigm's head of global music and is the agent to stars like Coldplay, Janelle Monáe and Ed Sheeran, who just wrapped his the $736 milion Divide tour, the highest grossing global tour of all time.
Also appearing at this year's summit is UTA's Cheryl Paglierani, who will sit on the The Evolution of Artist-Curated Festivals panel and discuss her work on projects like Post Malone's Posty Fest at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Nov. 2.
Day One (Nov. 5) of the Billboard Live Music Summit includes CAA's Allison McGregor and Paradigm's vp tour marketing Jessica Lawson on guest curator Andrew Hammp's panel, The New VIP – How Record Demand Is Shaping Fan Experiences. WME partner and international agent Brian Cohen will join the Must Play 2025 panel lead by Billboard international editor Alexei Barrionueva, which closes out the first day of programming.
Wednesday (Nov. 6), the second day of the summit, is a chance to meet the young agents blazing a path forward in the business for Future Bosses: Meet the Next Generation Leading Music's Biggest Agencies. Led by Billboard editorial director Hannah Karp, the 45-minute discussion includes ICM Partner agent and partner Robert Gibbs, along with agent Lee Anderson from Paradigm and Creative Artist Agency's Joe Hadley. Rounding out the discussion is Sound Talent Group co-founder Dave Shapiro, WME agent Ben Totis and agent Jbeau Lewis with UTA.
Also appearing for panels on Wednesday is Meredith Jones with CAA, who will join guest curator Stacy Vee from Goldenvoice on the panel The Mane Attraction: An Insider's Guide to Stagecoach. That's followed later in the day by The Future of Hip Hop and R&B panel, which includes Joe Harris from CAA, Cindy Agi from WME and Chip Hooper award nominee Chris Jordan from UTA. Paradigm's Sara Bollwinkel was also nominated for the 2019 Chip Hooper award.
Still not enough? Billboard is closing the first day of programmimg with its annual agency forum, where more than 25 agents sit for face time with attendees across multiple genres and booking catagories. Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming days. Learn more and register here.