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Scorpio CEO to open All Artists Agency in Berlin

Folkert Koopmans, CEO and founder of German promoter FKP Scorpio, is opening All Artists Agency in Berlin, with former Four Artists deputy managing director Markus Grosse leading the management team.

The new agency will work with both national and international artists and will also comprise an independent events department, led by Four Artists’ head of events Dierk Stritzke-Bodenstein.

The founding of All Artists Agency follows German regulators’ blocking of the purchase of Four Artists by FKP Scorpio parent company CTS Eventim in 2017.

Alex Richter, the co-founder and managing director of Four Artists, which represents artists including Seeed, Marteria, Scooter, the Lumineers, the Black Eyed Peas and Jimmy Eat World, left the company in November last year.

Grosse comments: “I have known and appreciated Folkert and his team for over 15 years. I can’t think of a better set-up for my colleagues, myself and our artists. I thank him for his trust and look forward to the collaboration and challenges.”

“I can’t think of a better set-up for my colleagues, myself and our artists”

“Having known some members of the current All Artists team for many years, I am very happy to continue cooperating with them on a new level,” says Koopmans, who says it “feels very good” to have Grosse is on board to help “control the agency’s future”.

“As an agency, we want to be reliable partners to our artists, regardless of the phase that their careers may currently be in. Artist development is our priority and, of course, we will be happy if we can build long-lasting and evolving relationships [with our clients],” adds Koopmans.

One of Europe’s leading promoters, FKP Scorpio organises several hundred concerts per year. Its festival portfolio includes Germany’s Hurricane, Southside, Highfield, M‘era Luna, Plage Noire and Rolling Stone Beach, as well as international events Provinssi (Finland), Sideways Helsinki (Finland), Garden (Sweden), Greenfield (Switzerland) and Best Kept Secret (the Netherlands).

FKP is present in ten European markets, most recently launching a Belgian branch, headed up by Live Nation Belgium veteran Jan Digneffe.

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Alex Richter leaves Four Artists after 22 years

Alex Richter, the former managing director of Berlin-based booking agency and promoter Four Artists is ending his involvement with the company after 22 years.

Richter, who is said to be leaving the agency “at his own request”, helped found Four Artists in the German city of Stuttgart in 1997. Now headquartered in Berlin, the company organises an average of 2,000 concerts per year.

Florian Hauss will succeed Richter as managing director, while Markus Grosse will stay on as deputy managing director.

Hauss has been a member of the Four Artists team for 15 years, beginning his career as the tour manager for German group Die Fantastischen Vier. He later established an electronic music department at the agency, working with DJs including David Guetta, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Boys Noize.

The new managing director will also take over booking for Die Fantastischen Vier.

Four Artists represents artists including Seeed, Marteria, Scooter, the Lumineers, the Black Eyed Peas and Jimmy Eat World.

Pictured (l to r): Smudo, Die Fantastischen Vier; Andreas “Bär” Läsker, manager of Die Fantastischen Vier; And.Ypsilon, Die Fantastischen Vier; Florian Hauss; Markus Grosse; Michi Beck, Die Fantastischen Vier; and Thomas D., Die Fantastischen Vier.

 


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