BARRETT VANTAGE ARTISTS
Chosen as New Corporate Name
Combined Artist Roster Includes over 110
Celebrated Musicians and Ensembles
New York, NY, October 19, 2009: Herbert Barrett Management and Vantage Artists Management Inc. today announced their merger, creating a new performing arts management company named Barrett Vantage Artists. The merged company will be led by longtime Herbert Barrett Management President John A. Anderson and will combine the staff from both companies, including industry veterans Emmy Tu as Managing Director, Senior Vice President Mary Lynn Fixler and Vice Presidents Alexandra Bacon and Bonnie Barrett. The roster of Barrett Vantage Artists includes 68 vocalists, as well as 45 instrumentalists, ensembles and conductors, representing outstanding musicians across classical, opera, jazz and cabaret genres.
Commenting on the new organization, Barrett Vantage Artists President John A. Anderson remarked, "I am pleased that the legacy of the late Herbert Barrett will now be carried forward in this new venture. Since 1957, Herbert Barrett Management has had a proud tradition of representing world-class performing artists, developing careers and reaching out to audiences. The combined strength of the rosters and staffs of HBM and Vantage Artists creates a new platform from which together we can address the challenges and opportunities of the music industry today."
"Vantage Artists has always explored new ways of reaching audiences with dynamic artists and creative approaches to doing business in a mature industry," states Emmy Tu, who will serve as Managing Director in the newly formed organization. "We are looking forward to leveraging our collective strengths on behalf of our terrific artist roster."
The legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, who has been represented by Herbert Barrett Management from the beginning of his career (1960) to this day, notes: "Herbert Barrett was one of the great impresarios of the 20th Century and a dear friend. I think he would be delighted to see the company he founded and nurtured expanding to meet the needs of its artists and its presenters around the world today, while still honoring the rich 52-year history of Herbert Barrett Management."
Guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, part of the Vantage Artists roster since the company's inception in 2004, added, "I am delighted to be part of Barrett Vantage Artists. It is especially gratifying for me, because at the start of my career I had the pleasure of meeting Herbert Barrett. I look forward to continuing my wonderful relationship with Vantage Artists and collaborating with the excellent team from the Barrett office. This is an exciting synergy of two very complementary companies, and a great development for all those who love the sacred art of music."