LONDON (CelebrityAccess) UK live agents Tom Taaffe and Anna Bewers have joined CODA Agency from UTA.
Taaffe was formerly at The Agency Group since 2010, which was acquired by UTA in 2015, and has become renowned for shaping the live careers of many acts in the rock, indie, metal and Americana genres.
Bewers was with The Agency Group / UTA since 2006 starting as an assistant, before being promoted to Agent in the summer of 2013. Over the past 5 years she has developed bands from the grassroots level up to arenas.
Taaffe said: “I’m excited at the idea of growing my roster with this company and learning off some of the very best agents that work in this business today. CODA has a great reputation for discovering and growing what is current in every genre.”
Bewers said: “I’m thrilled to be joining CODA Agency and to start the next phase of my career. The agency has a reputation for signing the hottest artists and I’m excited to work with some of the most innovative and dynamic agents in the business.”
CODA have also made a number of internal promotions, including promoting Andy Clayton and Ryan Penty to Agents, who have been with CODA since 2009 and 2011 respectively. They were both Bookers for partner Agent Alex Hardee, and will become Agents as of January 2019.
As a result of these promotions, two new Bookers join Alex Hardee’s team, Holly Rowland and Eleanor Ashley, who have been promoted from working as Agent Assistants within CODA. Rebecca Bates, has also been promoted to Booker for Mike Malak, who was his Assistant previously.
James Whitting, partner at CODA said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Tom and Anna to the team. With all the knowledge they bring, in their chosen fields, we know they will thrive here. Congratulations also to Holly, Eleanor, Rebecca, Andy and Ryan on their promotions. We know they will excel in their new roles.”
CODA, which is partnered with Paradigm Talent Agency and who launched a joint venture with Independent Talent Group last year, is the fastest growing European live music agency. Its eclectic roster includes Liam Gallagher, The xx, Imagine Dragons, Sia, Rag’N’Bone Man, Bon Iver, Ellie Goulding, Take That, The Prodigy, Chvrches, Shawn Mendes, Years & Years, and First Aid Kit. CODA most recently won Agency of the Year at the Festival Awards 2017.