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APA Hires Veteran Agents Chyna Chuan-Farrell, Akiko Rogers

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APA partners and co-heads of worldwide music Steve Martin and Bruce Solar have jointly announced the hire of veteran music agents Chyna Chuan-Farrell and Akiko Rogers. Both Chuan-Farrell and Rogers have been named senior vps in APA’s concert division.

“We’re thrilled to have Chyna and Akiko come aboard our global team,” commented Martin and Solar in a joint statement. “Their collective experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset to all of us here at APA.”

Chuan-Farrell began her career as an assistant at ICM before her promotion to agent in the corporate/private events division. She spent a cumulative 22 years at the agency where she specialized in tailoring deals for numerous adult contemporary, urban, comedy and speaker clients including Jay Leno, Boyz II Men, Migos, Jerry Seinfeld, Howie Mandel and Shonda Rhimes.

Chuan-Farrell took a six-year hiatus after her first 17 years at the agency to launch Chyna Entertainment & Design to pursue her passion for photography and the creative production of live events before returning to the agency.

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Akiko Rogers

Rogers began her music agent career in APA’s concerts department in the late nineties when now president and CEO Jim Gosnell promoted her from assistant to international agent. From there she went on to play a major role in developing the Asian marketplace, supporting the influx of American artists on the Asia touring scene, and booking Air Supply to be the first American artist to perform in Vietnam.

Rogers then joined WME in 2001 where, under the tutelage of the late Peter Grosslight, she facilitated the initial U.S. touring success of K-pop artists EXO and Super Junior. In 2014, WME sent her to Nashville to launch their international division where she grew their bookings from 27 to 450 dates outside the U.S. by 2019.

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Chyna Chuan