INTERNATIONAL TALENT Booking (ITB) senior agent Lucy Dickins, who represents acts including Adele and Mumford & Sons, has left the company her father co-founded after more than 20 years, to become head of WME’s UK music division.
Also moving with Dickins, whose other acts include Laura Marling, James Blake, Hot Chip, Bryan Ferry and Jamie T, are ITB agents James Simmons and Chris Payne.
“She is my daughter and I wish her every success,” says Barry Dickins in an exclusive interview with Audience. “I have had a very good career and I hope she has a very long, happy and creative one too.
“I don’t want to stand in her way, she has done very well for me and brought in some great acts. Hopefully we can find someone else that will bring in some great acts, and the next one that leaves will be me.”
ITB was founded by Barry and Rod MacSween in 1978, with a client list including artistes such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Its roster now also includes Aerosmith, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath and Kasabian.
Lucy first joined ITB for work experience and then returned as an assistant, working her way up to being an agent.
“She is a star player and the perfect addition to our team,” says WME’s head of music Marc Geiger, based in Los Angeles. “After being in business with her family for so many years, we feel fortunate that she decided to join WME.”
Lucy says, “Growing up in this business, I’ve been lucky to learn from the best, but now is the time for me to take the next step in my career.
“The opportunity to join WME was hugely exciting, and I’m confident that this relationship can grow into something special.”
The Dickins family is a music business dynasty that began with her grandfather Percy Dickins co-founding music magazine New Musical Express (now NME) in the 1950s. Lucy’s uncle Rob Dickins was chairman of Warner Music Group for 16 years and her brother Jonathan manages Adele and other artistes.
Barry Dickins says ITB will look to replace the departed staff.
“People have left before, it is one of those things, but this time it just happens to be my daughter. We will keep going, we still represent a good number of acts even though Lucy has taken a good chunk with her.”
WME launched its UK-based division in 2007 and claims to have booked more shows at London’s The O2 (cap, 21,000) this year than any other agency, and has a roster that includes Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Killers.