Various Artist Management and Artist First Strike agreement to discover and develop talents based in Italy for the global market

Italian label and distribution company Artist First has entered into a major new deal with UK-born artist management company Various Artists.

According to Claudio Ferrante, founder and CEO of Artist First, “Italy is currently experiencing a musical renaissance” in part thanks to the success of Maneskin, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Now Artist First and Various Artists Management, whose roster includes stars like Tom Grennan and Ashnikko, are joining forces to discover and develop Italian artists for the global market.

Artist First was launched by Claudio Ferrante in 2009 and has 50 employees in Milan.

The company works with many Italian artists alongside many leading international artists.

Artist First also distributes a wide range of labels and has in its own list, which includes Gazzelle, Fulminacci, Alfa, Dardust and Zero Assoluto, among others.

The company also owns a significant stake in 432 Srl, the management company headed by Alessandro Fabozzi who represents Italian artists Le Vibrazioni, Francesco Gabbani Mace, Dolcenera and Ana Mena.

Divers Artists Management, which was founded in 2008, has offices in London and Los Angeles.

The company represents a roster of artists, producers and songwriters, including Tom Grennan, Ashnikko, Yonaka, Loyle Carner, Sad Night Dynamite, Supergrass, Barns Courtney, La Roux and The Libertines, among others.

“Italy is currently enjoying a musical renaissance thanks in large part to Maneskin’s success at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”

Claudio Ferrante, Artist first

Claudio Ferrante, Founder and CEO of Artist First said: “Italy is currently experiencing a musical renaissance thanks in large part to Maneskin’s success at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“We already have a great relationship with David Bianchi and the Various Artists Management team, and we look forward to combining the strengths of our two companies to help create more opportunities for Italian artists to reach global audiences. “

David Bianchi, Founder and CEO of Various Artists Management, said: “Artist First is a tremendous achievement in Italy and has been at the forefront of innovation in the music industry for many years.

“Artist First is a tremendous success in Italy and has been at the forefront of innovation in the music industry for many years. “

David Bianchi, Management of various artists

David Bianchi, Founder and CEO of Various Artists Management, said: “Artist First is a tremendous achievement in Italy and has been at the forefront of innovation in the music industry for many years.

“They are incredibly ambitious and eager to build a presence in the international market, so it is an absolute privilege to have formed this alliance with them and to be a part of this exciting new chapter in their history.

“There are incredible Italian talents, who deserve a bigger audience and we are joining forces to make it happen. “


John Dawkins was recently appointed UK Managing Director of Various Artists Management.

British music industry veteran Charlie Rapino was appointed Artist First Vice President, International & Communications in July.

In 2019, Various Artists sold a minority stake in their company to American entrepreneur John McEvoy.

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