Owned by influential music and live entertainment impresario Irving Azoff, Front Line Management is arguable the world’s most powerful musical artist management company, counting such acts as Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Seal and Christina Aguilera among its performers under contract.
The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and in the fall of 2008, it was acquired by Ticketmaster and the subsequent company became known as Ticketmaster Entertainment. Azoff was named the CEO of the newly formed company, which led to the eventual removal of former Ticketmaster President and CEO Sean Moriarty from the company.
Because of the company’s dominance in music management, Front Line is a controversial component in the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation, because critics believe it will steer its artists to play, or not to play, in certain venues. Azoff and the company deny the assertion.
Front Line, now considered a subsidiary of Ticketmaster Entertainment, acquired Country Music management company Dale Morris & Associates in May 2009.
PRESS RELEASE: “Front Line Management and Syco Entertainment Partner on The X Factor” Los Angeles, CA (PRNewswire) August 4, 2011 – Front Line Management and Syco Entertainment today announced a partnership which will see the future winning artist or group of the U.S. version of The X Factor managed... Read more
Live Nation Entertainment announced today, February 7, that it had bought the remaining portion of Front Line Management that it didn’t already own, swelling the coffers of founder Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden (MSG) by more than $100 million in cash and stock. MSG owned a percentage of... Read more
In a move to further strengthen the company’s Nashville music connections, Front Line Management, the Ticketmaster Entertainment subsidiary created by CEO Irving Azoff, recently bought an undisclosed stake in DS Management, which specializes in representing bluegrass acts. Among the acts under DS Management’s umbrella are critically acclaimed Alison Krauss... Read more
Nashville, TN management company Dale Morris & Associates, home to Kenny Chesney and Big & Rich, has been acquired by Ticketmaster Entertainment’s Front Line Management, in what is the latest acquisition by the world’s largest ticketing company. Financial terms were not disclosed. Dale Morris & Associates also represents Gretchen... Read more
As the U.S. economy continues to stumble, and the company’s plan to cut about 300 jobs still hanging in air, Ticketmaster, the nation’s largest ticket company, today announced it is acquiring a controlling equity interest in industry powerhouse Irving Azoff’s Front Line Management. Ticketmaster is using the move to... Read more
Madison Square Garden has acquired a minority equity interest in Irving Azoff’s Front Line Management, which is held by IAC and Warner Music Group. Front Line Management represents the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith and others. Financial terms were not released. “While... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. In a move to continue growing its Ticketmaster brand, IAC/InterActiveCorp has bought an undisclosed but “significant stake” in the artist agent company Front Line Management, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Terms of the deal were not readily available, but IAC was... Read more