Paradigm Talent Agency Acquires Monterey International

Thirteen years ago they picked-up Monterey Peninsula Artists, now they got its spin-off.

Paradigm Talent Agency today announced it has acquired Monterey International, the 23-year-old music agency spun off from Monterey Peninsula Artist which camee\ after Paradigm itself had acquired MPA in 2004.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Monterey International has 14 agents in offices in Carmel, CA and Chicago and represents nearly 200 artists including Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Los Lobos, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real, Roger Daltrey, Jonny Lang and Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Antibalas and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band among many others.

Following in the footsteps of recent Paradigm roll-ups in the Windish Agency and AM Only, the new acquisition will change its name to Paradigm effective immediately. The Chicago office will remain while the California-based Monterey International staff will move into Paradigm's Monterey office.

"We've been proud of and have had enormous success from our association with the former Monterey Peninsula Artists and we're very pleased that all of the Monterey International agents will be joining us,” said Paradigm chairman & CEO Sam Gores in a statement.  
Added Monterey International partners Garry Buck, Paul Goldman and Ron Kaplan in a joint statement: ”We are very passionate about the jobs we do and the artists we represent and have been for decades. We are thrilled to join the talented team at Paradigm and be able to provide the wide range of services to offer our agents and clients under their remarkable banner."

Prior to Monterey International, Garry Buck and Ron Kaplan were senior agents at the Chicago-based American Famous Talent.

More recently, Monterey International has been in the news after it was discovered the agency had represented R. Kelly, who is currently embroiled in a controversy for allegedly operating what has been termed a “sex cult.”  That news led to a number of Kelly’s “After Party Tour” dates to be canceled, though the agency has yet to confirm whether or not it still represents the R&B singer.