Still in their 20s, these executives are turning heads and raising the bar for the artists, labels and brands that they represent.
ASHLEY CALHOUN, 27
Vice president, Pulse Music Group
Calhoun’s instincts were validated in 2018 when the first artist she signed to the publishing, management and music services company, rapper Starrah, was named Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Pop Awards. “I don’t [just] sign people,” she says of her 20 or so active clients. “I have to feel like they can come over and have dinner and meet my family.”
TAYLOR EICKENHORST, 25
Budweiser music and experiential manager, Anheuser-Busch InBev
It meant a lot to the proud Texan and avid country music lover to bring the first country showcase to South by Southwest in 2018. Eickenhorst also created Bud’s Emerging Artist Program, and has forged partnerships with Thomas Rhett (since 2015) and, in the past year, Kane Brown, Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning.
LUCAS ROMEO, 28
Vice president top 40 radio, Republic Records
Romeo recalls when radio programmers laughed at the idea of Post Malone as a top 40 artist. The executive proved them wrong, working Post Malone’s “Psycho” and “Better Now” to No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. “I love the competitive nature of it,” says Romeo. “You’re competing with every other label on a weekly basis for the handful of slots that exist.”
BRANDON SILVERSTEIN, 27
Founder, S10 Entertainment
After promoting concerts while in college, Silverstein started his own artist management firm four years ago without any prior training. Turns out he was a natural. His marquee client, Normani, hit No. 9 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on pop radio earlier in 2018 with her Khalid duet “Love Lies”; she and another client, Jacob Banks, were endorsed by PUMA, and Silverstein partnered with Roc Nation to form S10.
SEBASTIAN ZAR, 29
Attorney, Sedlmayr & Associates
While at Syracuse University School of Law, Zar began managing artists. At 26, he started his own law firm. He has since landed at Sedlmayr, where his clients include Post Malone and Pusha T. “In the streaming age, a lot of these young artists don’t want a label deal,” says Zar. “I’m willing to put on as many hats as necessary to get them to where they want to be.”