Privately held LA-based APA (also known as Agency for the Performing Arts) has expanded its operations into Canada with former UTA Canada COO and CEO Jack Ross and Ralph James heading the Toronto-based division.
Joining the team here are Stephanie Purificati and Michael Graham, both of whom worked with Ross and James at The Agency Group before it merged with UTA in 2015.
UTA closed its Canadian operation last week.
The client list will include Nickelback, 54-40, Big Sugar, Billy Talent, I Mother Earth, Danko Jones, Marianas Trench, Walk off the Earth, The Trews, The Watchmen, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Brandt, Sam Roberts Band, Arkells, Lights, Alan Doyle, Jess Moskaluke, Virginia to Vegas, and Prozzak.
The announcement was made Thursday by Jim Gosnell, president and APA CEO Steve Martin, agency EVP/Partner and head of worldwide music.
“It’s an honor to be in business with such accomplished and respected industry vets as Ralph and Jack,” commented Gosnell and Martin in a joint statement. “We’re very excited to be investing in Canadian artists and The City of Toronto as we continue to expand APA’s global footprint.”
“We’re thrilled to be joining such a respected team of agents at APA, and to be launching their new Canadian headquarters,” commented James.
Ross added, “We’re very excited to be growing the APA brand in Canada, and to be doing so alongside our former TAG colleague, Steve Martin.”
Founded in 1962 by former MCA agents David Baumgarten, Roger Vorce and Harvey Litwin, the company currently has about 3,400 clients; 325 employees (210 agents, 15 managing partners); and offices in Beverly Hills, New York Nashville, Atlanta and London.
The firm represents artists, performers, brands, IP and production across all media platforms, including film, theatre and TV.
Its diverse music roster includes 50 Cent, Judas Priest, King Crimson, Delhi 2 Dublin, Jill Sobule, Billy Bragg, Johnny Mathis, Clannad, Judy Collins, Kansas, David Gilmour, Kiefer Sutherland, Everlast, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Jeff Bridges, Hatsune Miku, Clint Black, Little Feat, Loreena McKennitt, and Royal Canoe.
Contact details TBA.