Look Out Kid Artist Management Expands Global Reach with Monster Artist Management Merger

Look Out Kid Artist Management merger
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Look Out Kid Artist Management expands its global reach in a merger with Monster Artist Management, growing its presence in Australia and North America.

Look Out Kid Artist Management announces that the greatly admired and respected management team of Jacob Snell and Alexandra “Apple” Bagios will join the company. The move will ensure a global strategic approach to the company’s business by growing its presence in Australia and North America.

Snell and Bagios, formerly of Monster Artist Management, will bring with them a brilliant roster of artists, including Australia’s Methyl Ethel and Hatchie, New Zealand’s The Beths, American indie-punk darlings Cloud Nothings, sub-pop post-punk newcomers Sweeping Promises and prolific indie singer-songwriter Palehound, to the Look Out Kid catalog. There, they will join the ranks of Courtney Barnett, Middle Kids, Sarah Blasko, American Faye Webster, and Canadian Beverly Glenn-Copeland. The company will manage artists from offices in Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Look Out Kid has also hired touring specialist Emma Hawkes, most recently the production manager of Courtney Barnette’s US-based touring festival, Here And There. Hawkes brings a wealth of knowledge in the touring and music industry, having spent time as a production manager, stage manager, and tour manager for Australian music festivals, including Lost Paradise, Groovin the Moo, and Laneway Festival, as well as global artists Sofi Tukker, Hayden James, Dune Rats, Ruel, and Gang of Youths.

Formed by Nick O’Byrne in 2011 as a vehicle to manage Courtney Barnett, Look Out Kid has had a unique focus on the successful export of Australian musicians. But since 2018, it has become a global management company with the addition of its North American-based clients.

Jacob Snell founded Monster Artist Management in Perth, Australia, in 2011. Over its 12-year lifespan, the company and its roster have taken on an increasingly global focus, with international artists like The Beths, Cloud Nothings, Sweeping Promises, and Palehound.

“We’ve long had a huge amount of respect and admiration for Jacob and Apple. We love their roster, we share similar tastes, and we care about the same things when it comes to the business of music,” reads a statement from Look Out Kid. “It’s important to take notice when you find a kindred spirit in this crazy business, so this feels like a natural step for us. I’m excited to exchange knowledge and celebrate in each other’s wins. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the year ahead.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with Look Out Kid,” adds Monster Artist Management. “We’ve seen Nick and Katie (Besgrove) go from strength to strength with their incredible roster over the past decade and conduct themselves with an exceptional level of expertise, enthusiasm, and genuine care for their artists and the wider industry. We are so excited to work with managers and people that we respect so greatly and who share the same vision. We see this collaboration as an amazing opportunity to learn from each other and create opportunities for our collective artists.”