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IMG and TACT Agencies Form Strategic Alliance

By Sara Schabas on April 22, 2024

On April 17th, IMG Artists and TACT Artists’ Management announced that their two companies will form an alliance to combine their vocal rosters. Both companies expressed confidence that the alliance will support the singers they represent within a fast-changing industry.

Catch-up: IMG Artists has been one of the world’s major agencies for singers and other classical musicians since it began operations in 1979. Stretching across three continents, the agency manages singers including Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Gheorghiu. TACT focuses on singers working in Europe, and has been in operations for over twenty years. Its roster includes Aigul Akhmetshina, the Met’s most recent Carmen, Rihab Chaieb and Adam Palka.

Behind the curtain: The pandemic has not been easy on classical music agencies. In 2020, Columbia Artists’ Management (CAMI) folded after 90 years in operations, citing disturbances caused by the pandemic. CAMI’s clients included recent stars such as Isabel Leonard and Maurizio Pollini, as well as historic ones like Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. New York’s Barrett Artists’ Management was another pandemic casualty, announcing its closure in 2020 and leaving its 47 artists (mostly vocalists) out to dry. Let’s hope the strategic alliance between IMG and TACT bodes well for the two companies and the singers they represent.

Sara Schabas
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