Music industry veteran Steve Martin has joined APA as executive VP of worldwide music. He most recently served as president of North American operations at The Agency Group.
In his new role at APA, Martin, who was recently featured in Billboard Magazine's "Questions Answered" section, will seek to expand APA's concerts division on a global scale. He will report to APA president/CEO Jim Gosnell.
“Contrary to recent reports of my retirement, or sitting on a beach indefinitely, after contemplating a few wonderful options I’ve decided to go into the next chapter of my career working at one of the best full-service agencies in the world... APA,” Martin said in a statement. “To have a full box of crayons to service the clients is going to be a new and exciting opportunity. Jim Gosnell sealed the deal by promising me Louis CK tickets and the new Lee Child book.”
In the mid-1990s, after a successful stint as a music agent at the William Morris Agency (now WME), Martin joined The Agency Group to help spearhead the U.K.-based talent firm's New York office. He helped build the company to 40 agents in the United States, with such clients as Dolly Parton, David Gilmour, Scorpions, New York Dolls, Ray Davies, Squeeze, King Crimson and Dream Theater.
“I am beyond thrilled to have one of the most respected and accomplished industry mavericks join our firm,” Gosnell said in a statement. “Steve has played an integral role in countless success stories. His distinguished career as a leader in the music business speaks for itself, and I sincerely look forward to our future accomplishments together.”