Marty Diamond, who has played an incalculable role in shaping the rise of Paradigm Talent Agency’s music department into an industry powerhouse, was named the company’s Head of Global Music April 18, succeeding the legendary Chip Hooper who was Head of Music until his death in March 2016.
The promotion comes two months after Diamond was named Pollstar’s Bobby Brooks Award winner as Agent of the Year at the 30th Annual Pollstar Awards and Paradigm again took honors as Booking Agency of the Year. To cap it off, client Ed Sheeran set an all-time grossing record to lead Pollstar’s 2018 Worldwide Top 100 Tours chart and was named Major Tour of the Year.
Diamond has been an architect of Paradigm’s music division since joining in the agency in 2006 in an acquisition of his tastemaking, boutique agency Little Big Man in 2006. At the same time, he’s steered careers of global superstars including Sheeran, Coldplay, Halsey, Janelle Monae, Sigur Ros, Sara Bareilles, Liam Gallagher, Sia, Lorde, Alessia Cara, Bastille, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne and Vance Joy on his personal client roster.
“I’m so proud of the team we’ve created here at Paradigm, passionate and artist-centric to the core,” Diamond said in a statement. “It’s an incredibly hard-working and smart group of people I get to come to work with every day. Paradigm is proof that believing in artists and the art they create and building everything you do around being a tireless advocate for their work, is the best way to grow careers.”
As Global Head of Touring, Diamond will lead Paradigm’s executive leadership group and continue to serve on the boards of Paradigm’s international partners, London-based Coda Music Agency and X-ray Touring.
“Marty’s passion, his intelligence, and his dedication to building amazing careers for artists has been an inspiration to me and everyone at Paradigm for the last 13 years,” Paradigm Chairman/CEO Sam Gores said in making the announcement. “Leadership is not something you are given, it’s something you earn, and Marty has unquestionably earned it, along with everyone’s respect at Paradigm.”
Prior to joining Paradigm, Diamond founded Little Big Man in 1994 after stints at International Talent Group, record labels Arista and PolyGram, Bill Graham Management, and as talent buyer at New York City’s The Ritz, now known as Webster Hall.
He is a Samburu Trust board member and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Delaware’s College of Arts & Sciences, and is actively involved with Global Citizen and the Surfrider Foundation in an advisory capacity. Diamond and his family were honored at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 2013 Family Day and on Sept. 26 will receive the City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Icon Award in New York City.