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Stephanie LaFera Named Head of WME’s Electronic Music Division: Exclusive

Longtime electronic music manager Stephanie LaFera has been named the new head of the electronic music division at WME. There, La Fera will lead a division whose roster includes many of the biggest acts in electronic music, including Calvin Harris, Alison Wonderland, Kygo and Steve Aoki.

“The team at WME is already so well rounded, and I’m looking forward to building out the division further,” LaFera tells Billboard Dance. “As someone who has worked with WME for over a decade on the management side, I have a strong understanding of the company’s philosophy on artist representation, plus the power of WME’s global footprint within all aspects of the entertainment industry. I’m looking forward to harnessing those strengths to help artists continue to grow even further in the genre.”

LaFera is a longtime electronic music manager and the founder of Little Empire Music, a Los Angeles-based management company founded in 2007 with more than 25 clients. La Fera was CEO until joining WME and has personally managed the careers of clients including Galantis, Justin Jay, CID, Nicole Moudaber and Santigold.

LaFera’s longtime business partner and husband Brad Driver will take over as Little Empire CEO and will lead the company along with the company’s executive team.

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LaFera began her career at MCT Management in New York, where she entered the then up-and-coming world of  electronic music. One of her first signees was Kaskade, whom she took from the small club circuit to the main stages of many of the world’s largest festivals. She begins work at WME immediately.

“Over the course of my career I’ve worked in every genre of electronic music, from Drum & Bass to Techno and everything in between,” says LaFera, “and I know I’ll bring a fresh perspective to this fantastic group of people who are as passionate about Electronic music as I am.”

“In the world of electronic music, Stephanie has always been ahead of the curve in identifying emerging talent and taking their music to new audiences in creative ways and we are excited to bring her knowledge and innovation in the space to our clients,” added Sara Newkirk Simon, co-head of WME’s music department.

LaFera is also the founder of Skylight, a nonprofit organization which creates mentorship programs, intern placement programs and community-building gatherings designed to empower entrepreneurs. She also leads the Dance Music committee of She is the Music, the industry-wide initiative to increase inclusivity and equality for women in music.