Wasserman Music Promotes Seven To Agent, Adds Two To Executive Ranks

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Row 1 (L-R): Eli Gelernter, Logan Handelsman, Lindsay McDowell; Row 2: Yitzi Peetluk, Jess Bumsted, Mary Kate Carragher; Row 3: Kaela Ismael, Sara Pullman, Chappel McCollister, (Photo credits: Eli Gelernter, Lindsay McDowell, Kaela Ismael: courtesy of Wasserman; Logan Handelsman, Mary Kate Carragher, Sara Pullman: Jamiya Wilson; Yitzi Peetluk: Emma Delevante; Jess Bumsted: Lori Sapio; Chappel McCollister: Stacie Huckeba)

Wasserman Music announced the promotion of seven members of its global team to agent positions, including four responsible agents, two new tour marketing agents, and one fairs & festival agents. In addition, two members are elevated to executive positions in business development and operations. 

Wasserman’s newly-promoted agents include responsible agents Eli Gelernter, Logan Handelsman, Lindsay McDowell and Yitzi Peetluk. The agency also expands its artist service teams with Fairs & Festivals agent Jess Bumsted and tour marketers Mary Kate Carragher and Kaela Ismael. Additionally, Sara Pullman rises to the executive role of VP, Operations, and Chappel McCollister steps up to become Wasserman’s SVP of Business Development. 

“Our two biggest priorities at Wasserman Music are the ongoing efforts to super-serve our clients and the continued career growth of our staff,” says Lee Anderson, Wasserman Music EVP & Managing Executive. “These well-deserved promotions help us achieve both. We could not be prouder of each of these employees and look forward to their continued success and contributions here at Wasserman.”

Gelernter began his career with the Wasserman Music team as an intern, then communications assistant. Working under Marty Diamond, he advanced to coordinator and senior coordinator. Gelernter was instrumental in establishing and growing Wasserman’s Pride Festival business as a new agency-wide business segment. His clients include RAYE, Wet Leg, FLO, and hemlocke springs. 

Handelsman worked for CAA and Mint Talent Group before joining the Wasserman team as a coordinator under agent Jay Moss. Based in New York, where he has been steadily building his roster over the past year, he will serve as the responsible agent for artists Daily Bread, Detox Unit, Dr. Fresch, EazyBaked, Emancipator, EREZ, Gioli & Assia, Jade Cicada, Kyle Kinch, Mickman, Of The Trees, Ravenscoon, TroyBoi, and Westend, among others. 

Following internships at Red Light Management, CID Entertainment, and Joe’s Pub in New York, Lindsay McDowell joined the Monterey, California, office in 2018, assisting Lynn Cingari and working with the Performing Arts Center team. McDowell is now based in Los Angeles, where she focuses on the jam/bluegrass/Americana space and continues to work with Punch Brothers, The Wood Brothers, moe., Allison Russell, Kitchen Dwellers, and others.

Peetluk began his career at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he worked at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 and interned with Bowery Presents/Boston. Upon graduation, he was hired as the Assistant Talent Buyer for Cafe 939 until moving to Nashville in 2017 to work at CAA. In 2018, he became assistant to Wasserman Music agents Keith Levy and Matt Runner, and since 2020 has served as a coordinator and senior coordinator under Levy and Lenore Kinder. He will continue to work with artists including Sierra Ferrell, Shakey Graves, Weyes Blood, Joy Oladokun, Sarah Jarosz, Langhorne Slim, Nikki Lane, Nick Shoulders, and others.

Bumsted joined Wasserman’s San Diego office in 2017 as Corrie Martin’s assistant, working on the LoveLoud Festival and Martin’s agent roster. In 2020, Jess was part of establishing start-up agency Arrival Artists, then joined Wasserman’s Fairs & Festivals department as a coordinator in 2022. Burnsted is part of the team that runs the Chicago chapter of She Is The Music, empowering female and non-binary songwriters and placing their music.

Carragher started her music career at Paradigm in 2019 as an executive assistant to Paul Morris amd moved to Wasserman’s tour marketing team under Sam Alpert. She has worked on tour marketing campaigns for clients including Jack Harlow, Death Cab for Cutie, ODESZA, Oliver Tree, Omar Apollo, Bobby Weir & The Wolf Bros, Rebelution, and $UICIDEBOY$. 

Following an early position in tour marketing at Live Nation, Ismael joined Wasserman in 2021 on Jessica Lawson’s team. There she has worked on tour marketing campaigns for artists including Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Caroline Polachek, Cannons, Nickel Creek, Vance Joy, and Lake Street Dive. 

Pullman started her career as an assistant at AM Only before advancing to agent and then moving to operations. She leads all of Wasserman’s branded events during SXSW, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Miami Music Week, and cultivates festival relationships. 

McCollister, in his four years with the Wasserman Music team, has helped develop award-winning brand collaboration for Kacey Musgraves with candle maker Boy Smells; a partnership between Musgraves and Chipotle featuring the brand’s short animated film; and the design of the global Blake Shelton x Land’s End collection. More recently, he helped Margo Price launch her cannabis collection with Dad Grass, branded Mom Grass, to support her latest album release. He is also a co-leader of Wasserman Music’s country and Americana genres.