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Tom Taaffe and Anna Bewers join Coda

Leading UK rock agents Tom Taaffe and Anna Bewers have joined Coda Agency.

The pair’s move sees them join former United Talent Agency (UTA) colleagues Natasha Bent and Geoff Meall at the fast-growing London agency, which has also made a number of internal promotions.

Australian-born Taaffe was an agent and promoter before relocating to England to join ITB in 2008. Two years later, he joined the Agency Group (TAG), which became UTA in 2015. He has represented acts including Good Charlotte, Asking Alexandria, Julien Baker, the Menzingers, Hot Water Music, Amos Lee and While She Sleeps.

Bewers had been with TAG/UTA since 2006, starting as an assistant before being promoted to agent in summer 2013. Over the past five years she has developed artists from grassroots to arena level, working with bands including Nothing But Thieves, Architects, the Wonder Years and Pulled Apart by Horses.

Andy Clayton and Ryan Penty, meanwhile, have been promoted to agents after nine and seven years, respectively, as bookers for Alex Hardee. They are replaced as Hardee’s bookers by Holly Rowland and Eleanor Ashley, both formerly agent’s assistants.

Rebecca Bates has also been promoted to booker for Mike Malak, after formerly serving as his assistant.

“With all the knowledge they bring in their chosen fields, we know they will thrive here”

“I’m excited at the idea of growing my roster with this company and learning from some of the very best agents that work in this business today,” comments Taaffe. “Coda has a great reputation for discovering and growing what is current in every genre.”

Bewers adds: “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.”

James Whitting, Coda partner, says: “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 is 50% owned by US full-service powerhouse Paradigm Talent Agency, through which it has a strategic partnership with X-ray Touring.


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