Group will have offices in Philadelphia and San Diego.
Just weeks after news of their exit from UTA went public, agents Dave Shapiro, Tim Borror and Matt Andersen are ready to announce the formation of their new agency Sound Talent Group, bringing with them more than 75 combined years of experience at large scale agencies, record labels, management companies and more to the 10-person startup with offices in Philadelphia and San Diego.
“It’s an incredible opportunity and the timing felt right,” said Shapiro, who will lead Sound Talent Group’s West Coast office, which will be based in a hangar that also houses his airplane. Joining the group are agents Beth Keith, Eric Powell and Jackie Giffune, who will serve as agency tour marketer.
“After years of working for major agencies, we have learned a lot and we got to a place where we decided that it would be great to do things on our own terms. We put clients first. It’s not just about getting the job done,” said Shapiro, who was promoted to VP at UTA following the 2015 purchase of The Agency Group. “I want us to be a part of each other’s lives and careers for the long haul. I want us to grow and find new avenues to service our clients in more fun and creative ways – not just booking tours – being a part of the business as a whole.”
Borror said he is excited to work with this new team of agents and artists, telling Billboard, “We are offering comradery between people inside of STG. We made a decision to go down an unlikely and uncharted path. We need to have each other’s back to make this work. Too much is at stake to fail, and too much experience is at hand for us not to win in a big way. More importantly, our clients are showing us incredible loyalty and we plan on rewarding that with focused and customized work to help these artists continue to build their careers.”
Co-founder Andersen added, “The timing felt right for us to step out and launch STG. The three of us share a strong bond across the years of working together. We are all passionate about music and I believe the synergy of our team will be felt by everyone we interact with.”
The men bring their entire roster to Sound Talent Group including Corrosion Of Conformity, Danzig, GWAR, HANSON, Hatebreed, Less Than Jake, Of Mice & Men, Sum 41 and Zakk Wylde. A complete roster can be found at soundtalentgroup.com.