Over nearly two decades, Mat Hall has carved a unique professional existence in the music business. Determined to gain a working understanding of the entire landscape to better serve his future clients as an artist manager, he spent his early years working in nearly every corner of the field — at 3 indies and a major label, as a nationally published music critic, on the other side as a publicist, talent buying, booking, club promotion, radio promotion, distribution, and indie retail. Mostly working with great people, learning all the way. The experience is translating still today.
As a manager of Devotchka for 6 years, Hall shepherded the ahead-of-their-time chamber rock group from local band to the Grammy-nominated scoring artists of Little Miss Sunshine, who, at the conclusion of their work together, were selling over 2000 tickets in 20 international markets with over 100,000 records sold. At Maine Road Management, Hall provided day-to-day support for veteran manager David Whitehead and his clients including David Bowie, David Byrne, Joe Henry, and Helmet. After a sabbatical from artist management — and a stint in Cuyahoga County, OH as a Field Officer in Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign — he returned to the music industry to serve for two years as General Manager of Luaka Bop, the seminal New York independent label founded by David Byrne.
Today the Mat Hall Agency manages, books, and consults an acutely tailored group of artists and projects from around the world whose common thread is a divergent and iconoclastic nature; who when not performing raucous sets at clubs are delivering TED talks, performing at the White House, or scoring episodes of Sesame Street. The production arm of MHA creates events brought to reality through the inspired coupling of a diverse contact base in music, media, tech, fashion, film, sport, non-profit, art, and literature.
The goal is to help artists build sustainable careers on their own terms, to develop and create pathways of business and creative production alongside music, and to appreciate and enjoy each step along the way. Mat Hall Agency operates out of offices in Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX, USA.
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