Arcade Fire & Maverick Management's Scott Rodger Part Ways After 13 Years

Arcade Fire, 2017
Guy Aroch

Arcade Fire

"They are by far the most important band of their generation and have produced some of the most inspiring music of any time," said Rodger in a statement.

Maverick Management’s Scott Rodger has parted ways with Arcade Fire after thirteen years with the band, Billboard has learned.

"It’s been the greatest pleasure of my professional career working and collaborating with Arcade Fire and everyone on their team," Rodger said in a statement. "They are by far the most important band of their generation and have produced some of the most inspiring music of any time. It’s with the deepest love and respect that I wish the band all the very best in their future endeavours and very much look forward to seeing what they come up with next.”

Rodger's working relationship with Arcade Fire spanned five albums and a slow but steady rise on the touring circuit, from local club shows to festival headliners and sold-out arena runs. The band won the 2011 album of the year Grammy Award for for their third studio album, The Suburbs, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and more recently was nominated for the 2015 Grammy for best alternative music album with their fourth LP, Reflektor.

After the 2011 Grammys, Rodger famously defended the band in response to marketing and music executive Steve Stoute's claim that Justin Bieber and Eminem had been snubbed for the album of the year award and that Arcade Fire had known about their win ahead of time. "We didn’t lobby any organization for this nor did the band play the game," Rodger wrote in an open letter. "We paid our own overhead to do the event, thus the lack of on stage gimmicks. No label picked up the tab."

Rodger added that "Arcade Fire are now one of the biggest live acts in the world. It’s not all about record sales. It’s about making great records and it’s about building a loyal fan base ... On top of that, they own their own masters and copyrights and are in complete control of their own destiny."

Rodger was one of the nine founding members of the Live Nation-owned Maverick management consortium in 2014, which he joined after running his own independent firm Quest Management for over two decades. Aside from Arcade Fire, other key clients at Maverick include Paul McCartneyLily Allen, La Roux and Mikky Ekko.

Billboard did not learn by press time whether Arcade Fire will be under new management elsewhere or are now self-managed.

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