Boutique booking agencies the Billions Corporation and Aero Booking will merge, effective June 1. The two firms will combine artist rosters and operate as one entity with offices in Chicago and Seattle, and a total of seven agents.

"We have a lot of bands that tour together and I've always respected the way they do business," Seattle-based Aero Booking founder/owner Trey Many tells Billboard.biz. “I wanted to be a part of something bigger that I respected while still retaining a certain amount of independence.”

Many adds that the idea to merge came up several times between he and Billions Corp. president David "Boche" Viecelli. "It started to make sense, because I've always wanted to build something like Billions on my own," he says. “There’s nothing crazy about it, we’re just two like-minded agencies that make sense together.”

Many and Aero Booking's Andrew Morgan will move into the Billions Corp.'s new Seattle office in May. Joining them in the office space will be Billions Corp. agents Ali Hedrick and Mary Brabec. Many will continue doing business under Aero Booking until June 1. His phone number and e-mail address will change after that date.

Financial details of the merger weren't disclosed, but Many says “it’s a fair deal.” The merger will also allow Many to spend less time running a business and more time being a booking agent. "I won’t have to run my own company and book bands at the same time,” he explains. “I can focus more on my clients.”

The newly announced merger adds strength to Chicago-based Billions Corp.'s respectable roster of independent artists. Now in its 20th year, the Billions Corp. exclusively books such clients as the Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sufjan Stevens, Vampire Weekend, Neko Case, Silversun Pickips and the Swell Season. Along with Chicago, the Billions Corp. also has an office in Bloomington, Ind.

Founded in 1998, Aero Booking brings to the table a number of acts, including Death Cab For Cutie, the Postal Service, David Bazan, Midlake, Beach House, Bodies of Water and Bowerbirds. With the move to Billions Corp., Many says he will remain the responsible agent for all of the clients on his roster.

Many says the merger with the Billions Corp. will bring new opportunities for his clients. “They've been in the business longer than I have, and overall they have more agents and more clients, so they’ll have more contacts,” Many says.

“And there might be a few cases where I can share something," he continues. "That kind of collaboration gives the artists more options and opportunities.”

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