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May 9, 2022

Wasserman Music, Black Music Action Coalition & Tennessee State University Announce Guest Speaker Lineup For Inaugural Music Accelerator Program

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April 26, 2022

Wasserman Music Acquires Paradigm's U.K. Live Music Business, Expanding Global Client Roster and European Footprint

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March 24, 2022

Wasserman Music, Black Music Action Coalition and Tennessee State University Create Music Accelerator Program

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Wasserman Music represents a world-class roster of artists for live performance, touring, brand partnerships and beyond, empowering them to create culture and impact audiences globally. The passionate, entrepreneurial agents at Wasserman Music are long-term artist development strategists who build significant, global platforms for the world's most impactful artists. Wasserman Music is a division of Wasserman, a partner to the world's most iconic sports figures, musical artists, brands, and properties.

 

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt is the type of person who can pin his most significant life moments to the ticket stubs he’s preserved in a book from every concert he ever attended. It’s this intuitive love of music that led him from his Bay Area roots to Chicago, where he attended college in the late ‘90s. There, the city’s thriving underground rock culture quickly opened doors for him at institutions such as Thrill Jockey Records, the Empty Bottle and, in 2004, the upstart Windish Agency.

“Tom Windish hired me as his assistant and basically let me be free range within a year, teaching me by osmosis and then letting me make my own mistakes and celebrate my own successes,” says Hunt, who cut his agency teeth with one-of-a-kind acts such as the party-starting Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis). “From the beginning, Gregg was an electronic/dance artist that refused to participate in any sort of DJ culture and who wanted a free-for-all of fans onstage alongside him while he played. He really let me learn on my feet as he and I worked together to figure out how to build and scale a touring career that was without real precedent or past model.”

One of the youngest recipients of Pollstar’s Agent of the Year honor in 2016, Hunt now works with one of the most enviable rosters in in electronica, indie, pop, and hip hop, from Diplo, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Jamie xx and Animal Collective to Run The Jewels, Big Boi,100 gecs, and Public Enemy, to Still Woozy, and Caroline Polachek. His drive to book his artists in unlikely places has led to many unique and rewarding shows, including Major Lazer's 2016 performance in Cuba, which was the first by an American artist in a generation and drew more than 400,000 people.

“I have a fanatical fear of missing out on something – an opportunity, a funny story, a weird fact, a great show,” says Hunt, a self-professed information addict who listens to podcasts at 2X speed so as to maximize his spare time. “My mom made me sell my ticket to see Nirvana on Dec 31, 1993, and I’ve been insuring against letting anything like that ever happen again.”

He continues, “My secret life hack is that there aren’t any secret life hacks. Getting ahead takes privilege, luck and some grit and craft. Staying ahead takes hard work.”

 

Max Braun

After nine years as an agent, Max Braun remains driven by a desire to work with artists who are forward-sounding and renegade-thinking. His disparate roster reflects this ambition, from the eclectic pop of Rex Orange County (whom he met in 2015) to the gritty, unclassifiable slowthai, the groundbreaking dance duo Disclosure and the next-level jazz stylings of BADBADNOTGOOD.

Braun says he is inspired daily by “being around folks who think differently. There is no more powerful force to make you want to help someone achieve their goals than spending time with artists and digesting and understanding the way they do what they do.”

A Baltimore native who now splits time between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nashville, Braun has never been content to merely book concerts for his clients. “It takes time to grow something amazing, and that doesn’t always happen overnight. Take your time and don’t skip steps,” he says. “Sure, a flavor-of-the-month artist may make a lot of money in the short term, but I sign acts that I can see myself working with 20, 30, 40 years down the road and reflecting on all the moments we had building their career along the way.”

While attending music school at Loyola New Orleans, Braun began organizing raves around the Crescent City, which quickly grew from featuring local talent to international acts. At his first show after moving to New York, he met future Wasserman executive Lee Anderson, who quickly hired him at famed dance music agency AM Only. “I have worked with the same group of people ever since,” Braun says proudly.

Having seen firsthand how entrepreneurship kick-started his own career, Braun is quick to encourage it from music business up-and-comers. “Start something of your own, even on a small scale, that helps you hone in your passion and maintain it,” he says. “Exercising your brain will not only help you find your niche in the larger business, but when you can start something and maintain it on your own, others are more willing to trust you to do that for them and their business as well.”

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