WME has announced seven partner promotions and 17 agent promotions in its music division, coming on the heels of more than 35 WME client wins at the Grammy awards.
The seven agents promoted to partner are Cristina Baxter, Michael Coughlin, Ryan Jones, Richard Lom, Ben Schiffer, Peter Schwartz and Sam Wald, with Baxter and Schiffer based in Los Angeles, Coughlin and Jones in Nashville, Lom and Schwartz are based in New York and Sam Wald is based in Sydney.
The 14 promoted to agent include Tor Breon, Joe Friel, Allie Galyon, Noah Guthman, Andy Mack, Jordan Meisles, Tim Meldman, Michael Montante, Fernando Montes, Rico Pedraza, Jessica Phillips, Jesse Robbins, Brett Schaffer, Grace Stern, Mary-Michael Teel, Austin Tobias and Ian Wilkerson.
“These promotions all reflect the future of the music industry, and we are so proud of the continued creativity each of these individuals has demonstrated, both internally and on behalf of our clients,” Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer, Co-Heads of WME’s Music Division, said in the announcement. “Their out-of-the-box thinking, passion for artists and commitment to excellence set our group apart.”
Baxter joined the WME music department as an assistant in 2011. Her clients include Kygo, Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sofi Tukker, Kali Uchis and Ashnikko.
Coughlin’s roster includesLewis Capaldi, King Princess, Dean Lewis, The Revivalists, Ashnikko, Eric Nam and Inhaler.
Jones has led WME’s private and corporate department since 2017, following his tenure at the Non-Traditional touring and Adult Contemporary departments.
Lom has developed a strong Latin roster that includes J Balvin, Farruko, Caifanes, Cazzu, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Bomba Estereo, Natti Natasha, Vicente Garcia, Cornetto and Agudelo888.
Schiffer works with major artists including Sheryl Crow, Olivia Rodrigo, Andy Grammer, Laura Marling, Keb’ Mo’ and Yebba, among others.
Schwartz represents AJR, Macklemore, Olivia Rodrigo, 24KGoldn, Lucky Daye, Aminé, Ferg and Joey BadA$$, among others, while Wald’s clients include Gang of Youths, Orville Peck, SOFI TUKKER, Porter Robinson, Fatboy Slim, AJR, ZHU, Cordae, Earl Sweatshirt, Polo & Pan, TOKiMONSTA, Madeon, Alok, Channel Tres, JPEGMafia, Black Coffee and UMI.
The promotions follow recent hires at WME including Zach Iser and Caroline Yim as co-heads of Hip-Hop/R&B, Craig D’Souza (international contemporary), Andy Duggan (international festivals), Whitney Boateng (hip-hop, R&B), Dru Bass (crossover), Bailey Greenwood (electronic music), Dana Jeter (hip-hop, R&B), and Randall Uritsky (domestic festivals).