Entourage Talent Associates is currently seeking part-time interns to assist our staff with all administrative needs including but not limited to: phones, faxes, emails, filing, correspondence, as well as logging submissions, offers, and ticket counts. Interns will be exposed to the inner workings of a fast-paced booking agency and gain the skills necessary to pursue a career in the music industry.
Applicants must have basic computer skills and be familiar with Microsoft Office programs as well as Outlook (knowledge of File Maker Pro is also plus). Applicants must have a professional phone manner, positive work ethic, and some knowledge of current music as well as the touring industry.
This is a non-paying internship however class credit is available.
All interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by:
Entourage Talent Associates
April 20, 2014
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, Passover, and/or joyous sunny spring day where ever you are!
April 11, 2014
Wayne is hanging out at the Wanee Festival this weekend in Live Oak, Florida this weekend. Tomorrow Matt Schofield and the Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the stage
March 03, 2014
March has definitely announced itself. Can't believe the mid Atlantic got pounded with snow and we didn't even get a dusting here in NYC! Hope everyone is staying safe; artists, crews, and fans alike.
January 28, 2014
Greg Allman has reportedly stated that The Allman Brothers will cease to be after 2014 in the 40th Anniversary issue of Relix Magazine. For more details and statements check out today's Jambands.com article.
January 08, 2014
The ETA gang is gearing up for the annual APAP NYC conference this weekend. As always there will be members from a variety of performing arts genres and business areas hosting and attending a plethora of conferences, panels, exhibits, and performances. Should be a great marketing and networking event to start 2014 out right!
January 01, 2014
Happy New Year!
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014 - from all of us here at ETA.
December 26, 2013
2013 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
at Entourage Talent. Virtually all of 'ETA's touring clients enjoyed a spectacular year! 2014 look to be another exciting one already with tours scheduled for 'The Ringers', Matt Schofield (release his latest album debuting on Provogue Records), Oli Brown, Tedeschi Trucks Band, (the much in demand) Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited, Renaissance and Joe Satriani's world tour extension (to include South America, Australia/New Zealand, Asia/South Asia and European summer festivals), among others.
January 05, 2012
The Trucks' and West Make the 'Top Classic Rock Albums' list of 2011!
Adding to previous accolades, both the Tedeschi Trucks Band's debut album, "Revelator," (released in June on Sony Records) and Leslie West's "Unusual Suspects" (released in September on Provogue Records), were featured prominently on Classic Rock Revisted's top 40 Classic Rock Albums list of 2011. The former in the 18th position and the latter in the number 7 slot. To see the list in its entirety, please visit www.classicrockrevisited.com/bestof2011.
May 20, 2011
ETA Artists Earn Multiple Nominations for the 2011 British Blues Awards!
ETA is proud to announce that both Matt Schofield and Oli Brown Band have earned multiple nominations for the 2011 British Blues Awards. Both Artists are nominated in the categories of "Best Guitarist" and “Best Blues Band" this year (Matt took home the award for Best Guitarist last year). Oli Brown is in the running for "Best Male Vocalist" and "Young Artist of the Year,” both of which he was awarded last year. Oli is also nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" (which Schofield took last year). It seems there’s no stopping these two impressive British axe-men. The winners of the British Blues Awards will be announced at The Newark Blues Festival on September 11, 2011. Visit www.britishbluesawards.co.uk to place your vote and for more information on Matt and Oli visit their respective websites at www.mattschofield.net and www.olibrownband.co.uk
January 17, 2011
ETA SPONSORED "BIKE STOP PRO TEAM" ACCUMULATE THE HONORS AND "HARDWARE" IN 2010!
The "Bike Stop Pro Team" closed the 2010 season easily surpassing their 2009 results in virtually all events. Highlights included:
-Team members competing in 60 events
-55 podium finishes (25 gold, 15 silver, 15 bonze)
-3 World Championship qualifiers
-15 National Championship qualifiers
-5 State Championships
-2 Regional Championships
-10 Series Competitions
GO TEAM !
(for additional and detailed information go to www.bikestopproteam.com )
Wayne Forte & Entourage Talent Associates
Wayne Forte, President
Nathaniel Marro, Agent
Victoria Ireson, Booking Admin. Assistant
Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd. is a talent agency and consulting firm, representing numerous clients exclusively on a worldwide basis as well as offering consulting services (on a fee basis) and servicing a host of promoters and concert venues throughout the world.
Since 1993, Entourage Talent Associates has helped to initiate, develop and maintain careers for clients (past and present) such as David Bowie, The Cure, Joe Satriani, Jesus and Mary Chain, Al Di Meola, Rockapella, Joan Armatrading, Howard Jones, The Tragically Hip, The Derek Trucks Band, Eric Johnson, Ronnie Dio, and Procol Harum, (among many others), as well as helping to create, develop and brand touring projects such as guitar heroes package show G3 and 2012 Grammy Award winning Blues sensation Tedeschi Trucks Band. Most currently, Entourage is working to develop two fantastic up and coming British artists into the scene: young rock n’ roll and blues phenom the Oli Brown and guitar virtuoso Matt Schofield, who mixes perfect combinations of rock, blues and funk in his sound. Both acts have been recent British Blues Awards winners in multiple categories over multiple years and have already received international acclaim.
Wayne Forte, President
Entourage Talent Associates' owner, principal, and entrepreneur Wayne Forte is a seasoned veteran of the music industry. Having achieved major success milestones at the age of 26, opening his first privately owned business at 30 and booking shows ranging from small clubs to sold out stadiums and arenas worldwide. Through the years Forte’s philosophy has never changed; he looks for music “with [an] identity that seems to open up new side roads” and “people who set trends”, not follow them.
Born and raised in New York, Wayne Forte began booking student association concerts while enrolled at North Carolina State University to get his degree and start a career, so he thought. Instead, he re-discovered his inner music self, which he had buried in the attic with his old guitar, earlier on in life. Straight out of college Forte started his career in the 70's at one of the first full-service powerhouse agencies, Creative Management Associates, and quickly took on the representation of young musicians and bands, creating longstanding relationships with artists, managers and promoters. From this foundation and following the company's merger with another large music, television and theatrical agency (International Famous Agency) Forte was able to further develop his knowledge, skills, and relationships at the new company, International Creative Management. During this period he represented performers such as then-fledgling artists Hall and Oates, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, Weather Report, Billy Cobham and the now-legendary British rock quartet Status Quo, as well as beginning a relationship with a soon-to-be worldwide mega-star named David Bowie.
Following a move to the world-renowned William Morris Agency, Forte set his sights on signing the best of what was then termed "punk" or "new wave" music that most U.S. agents weren’t interested in. His conviction to ‘make something happen’ at almost ‘whatever cost’ was so strong, Forte flew to England against corporate management approval, to recruit and eventually sign a UK underground fledgling band virtually unknown in the U.S - The Clash. He had his work cut out for him, convincing promoters to take a risk, but the risks paid off when the 1978 Give ‘Em Enough Rope Tour sold out, surprising nervous American promoters and record executives alike. In a short time, Forte was working with acts like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Joe Jackson, The Cure, the Stranglers and The Jam, to name a few, and was later tapped to be head of WMA's East Coast Music Department, until this time, perhaps, the youngest to do so.
With visions of taking a different approach to the business of booking Artists and developing careers, Forte and Michael Farrell, a fellow WMA agent, took a gamble on themselves and their vision risking all they had (literally!) to start their own agency: International Talent Group (ITG) was born, committed to breaking new artists and establishing and maintaining long-term careers. Within a year, ITG represented some of the hottest talent in the industry including but not limited to: Duran Duran, The Jam, Joe Jackson, Killing Joke, The Clash, The Vapors, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Adam and the Ants, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, King Crimson, and Billy Idol, bringing most to the U.S. shores for the very first time.
Growing by leaps and bounds, in 1983 ITG not only booked, but also co-produced David Bowie's world renowned Serious Moonlight Tour - many say the artist's most successful tour to date (and certainly resulting in the best selling album for the artist to date) - playing arenas and stadiums throughout the world, followed by Bowie's 1985-86 worldwide Glass Spider Tour, performed predominantly in stadiums with state of the art large-scale concert/theatrical productions. ITG also co-produced the 1987 Duran Duran worldwide Strange Behavior Tour, which played stadiums in Europe and Japan as well as multiple arena shows in the rest of the world, including Manila, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. At the same time, Forte continued to sign clients both domestically and internationally, including Howard Jones, The Psychedelic Furs, Joe Satriani, Sade, Paul Young, Radiohead, Yazoo, Scandal, Erasure, Eric Johnson, Spandau Ballet, Midge Ure, the legendary Power Station, Sarah McLachlan, Candy Dulfer, Simply Red, The Blue Nile, among many others, most on a worldwide basis.
These successes were followed by many more ITG stadium and arena tours throughout the world over the next ten years for clients The Cure, Depeche Mode, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins, Roger Waters, David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Robert Plant, among others, as Forte honed his expertise in foreign negotiation, planning and booking tours outside the U.S. as well as domestically, while at the same time establishing and overseeing multiple joint ventures for the ITG business. One of the most successful of these was with the joint venture with Labatt Entertainment Group, enabling the once fledgling agency and partners "with an idea" to realize many of their long term goals in additional to establishing offices in both Los Angeles and London.
After twelve years as CEO and President of ITG, responsible for signing more than 50% of the agency's eighty, or more, clients, Forte resigned his position, sold his ownership and left the ITG partnership to set up a more personalized agency and consulting firm, Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd where he could and would focus his knowledge and expertise on introducing talented young acts to the business and developing them into international successes , as he had done for the former 25 years and has continued to do for the last 15. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Today, Forte enjoys cycling and running with his two daughters around and across the world, whenever he has a chance, as well avidly following NCAA college basketball, March Madness, The Tour de France, and Olympic Track & Field.
Victoria Ireson A native Virginian, Victoria attended James Madison University, focusing on a career in the music industry, but ultimately graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. Throughout college she remained actively involved in student organizations that brought national talent to the school stages. She also booked local talent and other small touring acts at a small venue downtown. Not long after finishing her degree, Victoria moved to New York to join the Entourage at the start of 2011.