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The Agents Panel
The Agents Panel
Fri 21 Jan | Conference Channel 6 | 15:00 - 16:00
Fri 21 Jan | Conference Channel 6 | 15:00 - 16:00

The Agents Panel

Hannah Shogbola UTA, Natasha Gregory Mother Artists, Whitney Boateng WME, Sally Dunstone Primary Talent International

Bookings

English spoken

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Speakers

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    Hannah Shogbola UTA

    Hannah Shogbola is currently an agent at United Talent Agency; representing a wide array of live and DJ artists worldwide. She began her career working at a music studio ‘DatSound’ for emerging UK hip hop acts such as Klashnekoff & Exchalibah and worked in the industry for over 10 years. Moving into broadcasting for BBC London saw Hannah produce and assist on a wide selection of radio shows from Vanessa Feltz to Robert Elms. Soon her love for electronic music saw her work within the booking team at Fabric, then onto WME. She was headhunted by Obi Asika to head up her own roster at Echo Location Talent, as well as becoming a crucial apart of the events team; working on the likes of Afro Nation Portugal, Ghana & Puerto Rico.
    Hannah represents over twenty artists including Kurupt FM, My Nu Leng, Emerald, Jaguar, Katy B, Midas The Jagaban, Vigro Deep, DBN GOGO, Redlight & many more. One of the very few Black female agents in the UK plus one of the only under 30 to sell out Brixton Academy, Roundhouse and The Forum with her clients Kurupt FM in 2016. A motivational speaker, Hannah has worked on panels and boards from talks at The Royal Albert Hall to The Roundhouse as well as working with The British Council and festival curation at The Southbank. Her work has been at the forefront of helping up and coming artists as well as ensuring work environments are diverse, well balanced and equal. With an abundance of experience and a desire to make a difference DAJU was born. A new creative consultancy is the brain child of Hannah Shogbola which has seen her work with various companies programming events and diversifying teams. From British Underground to Afro Punk to SXSW she already has some incredible projects underway. As well as producing the first ever Afrobeats showcase for Abbey Road Hannah has been added to honours Women in music week awards 2021.
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    Natasha Gregory Mother Artists

    Co-founder and Agent at Mother Artists - a Live Agency (lead by Natasha) and Management Company (lead by Mark Bent - Natasha's brother). Natasha represents many artists including IDLES, Amy Macdonald, Fever Ray, The Knife, Tom Misch, First Aid Kit,RY X, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foster The People, Cate Le Bon and more. Natasha is an advocate for equality in the music industry and always speaks for parents in the industry, pushing for positive change.
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    Whitney Boateng WME

    Whitney Boateng, previously a Junior Promoter at Live Nation started her career in music as an intern for Renowned Group doing music management. Her time there saw her work with the likes of George the Poet, Jacob Banks and Wretch 32; where she learnt the intricacies of the music business before recognising that management did not serve the purpose that she wanted to fulfil. Instead, she highlighted her deep affinity for the live events and that led her to make the decision that creating tangible live experiences for people was where she wanted to impact within the music industry. Meaning a change of direction was needed and equipped with her experience, Whitney pivoted into live promotions and left Renowned Group to join Coda (Paradigm) before moving on to Metropolis Music/Live Nation. During her 4 years at Live Nation she worked on an array of international acts such as Megan Thee Stallion, Tion Wayne, Cruel Santino, Headie One, The Ends Festival, and more. This year Whitney went on to join WME as an agent in the music PA (Personal Appearance) department to continue to fulfil her passion in the Live Industry.
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    Sally Dunstone Primary Talent International

    Sally Dunstone joined Primary Talent International in March 2021, bringing with her an impressive, talented and diverse roster including Jack Harlow, Rina Sawayama, Kelly Lee Owens, Places+Faces, Maxo Kream, and many more. Sally has worked with many of her clients from the beginning of their careers and has built their live careers from small rooms of around 100cap to venues such as the Roundhouse, Earth and Electric Brixton and headlining stages at festivals around the globe. She prides herself on her varied roster and her ability to cater to the varying needs of her clients regardless of the genre of music. A strong champion of diversity, Sally focuses on representing artists from many different backgrounds and championing female artists and artists in the LGBTQI+ space. Before to joining Primary, Sally spent six years at X-ray Touring, and prior to that she worked at Live Nation. In 2020 she was nominated for the IQ New Boss Award, and she regularly speaks at industry events (past including ByLarm, Eurosonic) and at universities / colleges about live music industry and booking (BIMM).

Moderator

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    Maria May Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)

    Maria May's roots in dance and electronic music run deep. With 25 years under her belt having represented many of the innovators and ground breaking artists of the Electronic music scene, developing her craft working with artists such as David Guetta, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Paul Oakenfold , Soulwax and 2manydjs, Roisin Murphy and Hercules and Love Affair to name but a few.
    Maria May currently sits on the board of advisors of the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), a trade body created which reads like a roll call of the industry's behind-the-scenes heavyweights. May works tirelessly to defend and shine a light on the electronic music industry and has recently been campaigning to get more support from the UK government during the Covid pandemic working alongside and supporting the NTIA (Nigh Time Industries Association), to whom she has now been appointed to the Board of Directors.
    May was also recently inducted into the Music Week Roll of Honour, which aims to highlight the breadth, depth and variety of individuals who are ‘game changers’ in the music industry, with one common theme; they are either female, or their activities consistently benefit women, or focus on female empowerment/gender disparity. Maria joined CAA in 2012 to lead the high-powered Hollywood talent titan's expansion into dance music and under CAA’s head of music Rob Light, May and her expanding global team have developed the division into a crucial player with a roster including Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, The Chainsmokers, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Oliver Heldens, Pretty Lights, Griz, Roisin Murphy, Lee Burridge, Mashrou'Leila, Marshall Jefferson, Jonas Blue, Alle Farben, Paul Kalkbrenner, Meduza, Hayden James and Gok Wan and emerging artists like Alok, Mambo Brothers, Hugel, M22 and DJ Regard. May was named an International Power Player by Billboard Magazine for their 2021 edition with her colleagues Emma Banks, Mike Greek, Chris Dalston and Marline Tsuchii.

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