Friends at Work, the management firm founded by Ty Stiklorius, whose roster includes John Legend and Lindsey Stirling, is expanding, adding Erika Rose Santoro, Alicia Keys‘ manager, as partner and Ciara as a new client.
“Women are stepping to the forefront in many ways,” says Santoro, “including the first woman nominee for president. We felt it was super powerful to join together at a time like this and make a significant impact together.”
Adds CEO Stiklorius: “This is a one plus one equals three partnership.”
Based in Venice, Calif., and New York, respectively, Stiklorius, a former co-president of Atom Factory, and Santoro, Keys’ road manager since 2001 and co-manager since 2010 when the 15-time Grammy Award winner signed with Red Light Management and later with Maverick Management principals Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte in 2014, oversee a 20-member staff that includes five female managers.
The duo is preparing for the release of Keys’ sixth studio album, the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire, expected in the fall. Also in the company’s pipeline are forthcoming releases by Stirling and Legend as well as various TV and film projects. Among them: Legend’s critically acclaimed WGN America scripted drama series Underground, about the Underground Railroad, which has been renewed for a second season.
This article was originally published in the Aug. 6 issue of Billboard.