ICM Partners Announces New Concerts Division Leadership
We are proud to announce the following exciting changes in our concerts department.
Mark Siegel has been named Head of Worldwide Concerts, Robert Gibbs will now serve as Head of Music and London based Matt Bates has been named Head of International/Head of Europe. Former ICM Partners Worldwide Concerts Head Rob Prinz will return his full attention toward being an agent for his star clients, including Jerry Seinfeld.
Steve Levine will remain Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts. Levine has been part of the leadership of the ICM Concerts Division for over 20 years. He is a founding partner and board member of ICM Partners. Peter Elliot, remains Managing Director of Primary Talent International, while Scott Mantell will remain co-head of ICM International based in Los Angeles.
Mark Siegel is a New York based Partner who has been with ICM for more than 25 years. For the last six years he has been Head of Music and now takes on Prinz’s title as Head of Worldwide Concerts. Throughout his career, Siegel has not only been the long-time agent of many legendary clients, he has also made it a point to continuously mentor and develop young agents who have gone on to have incredibly successful careers of their own. Robert Gibbs, who is based in Los Angeles, is a Partner and 14-year veteran of ICM. He was promoted to Head of Contemporary Music this past August and now takes on Siegel’s previous title as Head of Music. Gibbs is the highest ranking African American Music Executive in the Agency Business. Matt Bates, who along with Peter Elliot and Ben Winchester each remain on the Primary International Board, is a 15-year veteran of Primary and has been on its board since 2014.
“Mark Siegel, Robert Gibbs and Matt Bates are universally respected within our agency and the music business at large,” said Silbermann. “Through their hard work and dedication to their clients and the team here at ICM, they epitomize the true meaning of leading by example.”
Rob Prinz led a remarkable growth year for ICM Partners that began with the partnership with London based Primary Talent International in March, followed by the recruitment and signing of 9 top music agents mostly from WME and Paradigm, including Pete Nash, Ron Kaplan, Garry Buck, Simon Clarkson, Dave Kaplan, Alex Buck, Paul Gongaware, Randall Uritsky and Emily Yoon, who collectively have added an extensive and impressive list of client to ICM’s roster.
“Rob did an outstanding job leading our aggressive growth strategy in 2020 and for that we are very grateful. He and I have been discussing his desire to move back to becoming a full-time agent for a while and while we both now feel that the time right, I am grateful to him for the job he has done helping to grow and mentor the next generation of leaders and position the department for continued success and even further growth,” said Silbermann.
The division has also established a Concerts Leadership Committee, which will focus on keeping the department on the cutting edge of the industry, while also identifying and grooming a new generation of department talent. The committee includes agents Jacqueline Reynolds-Drumm, Yves C. Pierre, Ari Bernstein and Mitch Blackman, all of whom have been recognized as industry leaders by Billboard.
“We have empowered a talented, diverse and forward-thinking leadership team to best represent our clients and reap the rewards of the investments we have made in the live events business. We are all looking forward to a booming 2022 and beyond as the audience returns to experience the artists and concerts they love and have greatly missed. This diverse team combines the wisdom of experience with a forward thinking next generation enthusiasm, giving our clients a dynamic leadership team and representation department built not only for success today, but into the future.” Chris Silbermann continued his thoughts on the new Concerts Division leadership team.
Said Mark Siegel
“I am extremely humbled and excited to be given the opportunity to step into a new role within ICM Concerts. Chris Silbermann and Rob Prinz led the charge over the past year to grow our division and lay the foundation for ICM Concerts to be a leader in the industry for years to come. We have created a talented, diverse, and forward-thinking leadership team who I am proud to work alongside in our commitment to best represent our incredible clients. They are the reason we strive every day to be better than yesterday and I cannot think of a better group of agents, assistants and support staff who display their commitment and passion daily to that end. As I step into this new role, I do so knowing I am surrounded by an incredible team, including my partners Steve Levine, Rob Gibbs and Matt Bates, and I am eager to continue the work that has propelled this department forward. I am equally excited to work with Jacqui, Yves, Ari and Mitch as they step into an active leadership role. To Rob Prinz, my colleague but more importantly my friend, thank you for your tireless work and leadership, especially over the past year, which resulted in the tremendous growth of our department. I look forward to continuing to have you as a partner and a colleague for years to come.”
Said Robert Gibbs
“I am proud to work with Mark, Steve and Matt to lead this division and equally excited to work with our Next Gen Leaders, Jacqui, Yves, Ari and Mitch, who will help energize the entire concerts division. We pride ourselves on our culture and values as well as a client first dedication to the representation business, the only business we are in.”
Said Matt Bates
“Since Primary joined with ICM 12 months ago, the support and vision I have seen from Chris Silbermann has been exceptional, which is reflected in the department’s growth and expansion. The foundation Rob Prinz built in the concert division has left ICM in a formidable position from which to navigate the exciting new world of live music, which is about to open up globally. I am looking forward to working alongside Mark Siegel and Rob Gibbs in their new roles and our incredible team of agents who will lead ICM to the forefront of the live music business.”
Said Rob Prinz
“Working with this group as a team leader to help take the Concerts Dept to where we are today has been incredibly rewarding. Collaborating with Chris Silberman has been the best experience I’ve had at any of the major agencies I’ve been fortunate to work at. We saw eye to eye on every strategic move and its timing straight down the line which really was the catalyst for our growth. I look forward to ongoing work with our incredible clients and supporting the team to maintain the trajectory we are now on.”