First client is country artist Julie Roberts.

Former Atlantic Records co-president Ron Shapiro has set up his own management and consulting business.

Shapiro left Atlantic in early March as part of the restructuring at Warner Music Group. He had worked at the label since 1993.

Ron Shapiro Management and Consulting LLC's first client is up-and-coming country artist Julie Roberts. Roberts' self-titled Mercury Nashville album is No. 11 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week.

Shapiro, who is based in New York, is in final negotiations to link with Nashville-based manager Greg Hill to help him co-manage Roberts.

He is also consulting for both AOL Music's music service and Clear Channel Entertainment's artist development program.

Additionally, he is serving as president of Artists Den. The company, started by venture capitalist Mark Lieberman, showcases acoustic-oriented artists who appeal to the 25-to-40-year-old demographic. The entity also includes Artists Den Records, a label that plans to sign some of the showcased acts. Shapiro has an equity stake in the label.

For more details, see story in the June 26 issue of Billboard.