On Monday (Oct. 16), IEBA hosted its Agents Power Panel with recent Nashville transplant Brian Manning (CAA – Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Penatonix), Pete Pappalardo (AGI – Hall and Oats, Megadeath, Kidsbop), Sam Hunt (Paradigm – Major Lazer, xx, Run the Jewels) and another recent Nashville transplant who replaced Rob Beckham in the panel, Seth Siegle (WME – Gary Clark Jr., Kaleo, Amos Lee). Jamie Loeb of Nederlander Concerts moderated.
The panel touched on how the touring industry has changed, with artists moving in and out of public consciousness faster than ever before.
“Ultimately we sign with our gut, but it’s about connectivity,” said Manning. “Regardless from streaming, views, spins, etc. people need to have songs, connect with the audience and keep that connection from one tour to the next. To me, data is interesting, but it sometimes follows, rather than informing a trajectory.”
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