John Pantle Exits APA For New Opportunity

John Pantle
Courtesy of APA

John Pantle

Agent to Public Enemy and Cafe Tacuba had been at APA since 2009

John Pantle has left the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), splitting on amicable terms after nine years at the company.

"John Pantle will be exiting the agency as of today (Nov. 1)," an email to APA staff from Michael Conway, the company's chief administrative officer reads. "We are grateful for the contributions John has made to the company over the last nine years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

First reported by Pollstar, Pantle seemed to hint at bigger things to come for the well known rock and Latin agent, telling Billboard that he was "happy" and that he felt "great" before sending Billboard this official statement.

"I appreciate the opportunity that APA provided, and i feel that I accomplished what i set out to do there. Now it's time for the next challenge."

An agent at APA since 2009, Pantle was promoted to VP of APA's concerts department in 2015. Pantle’s clients include Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. as well as Mexican artists Café TacubaNatalie Lafourcade and Molotov. He also represents Hatsune Miku, the J-pop hologram “vocaloid” that has become a sensation in Japan and other international markets. Pantle had worked from APA's Beverly Hills office.

Pantle’s career began in 1999 as a talent buyer at the Los Angeles House of Blues, later becoming head of development for the HOB Club Network, where he oversaw direct booking, industry relations and talent procurement for more than 2,500 events for clients that included Disney and Microsoft. 

Starting in 2004, Pantle worked for The Agency Group and then for UTA for three years. In addition to developing national and international tours for their respective artist clients, he also worked with corporate sponsors including Coors, Budweiser, Nokia, McDonald’s, Microsoft and Sprint (at TAG).