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Paradigm expands Nashville team via Dale Morris acquisition

By | Published on Tuesday 27 November 2018

Paradigm Talent Agency

US booking agency Paradigm has acquired Dale Morris & Associates, the live music side of Nashville-based artist management firm Morris Higham.

Under the deal, Dale Morris agents Mike Betterton and Nate Ritches will join Paradigm’s Nashville team, bringing with them a roster of artists that includes Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion and Walker County.

Paradigm and Morris Higham say that, in addition to the acquisition of Dale Morris, the two companies have also entered into a “strategic alliance” that will see them work together to “create unique and compelling opportunities” for the management firm’s clients. And who doesn’t like unique and compelling opportunities? I love them.

Confirming the deal, Morris Higham co-chief Clint Higham said: “In today’s world, where global reach is needed and music delivery changes daily, having the strongest team possible is critical to continue growing. We have always thought outside the box, taking Kenny to stadiums and building Old Dominion without a record deal. To me, this affords us a much bigger box to think outside, and that’s everything Dale Morris & Associates was built on”.

CEO of Paradigm, Sam Gores added: “Dale Morris and Clint Higham’s beliefs and values perfectly align with our art and artist philosophy at Paradigm. They are unique, independent pioneers who share our unwavering focus on the artists we represent and the art they create. Our cultures complement one another perfectly. We both have a fierce commitment to our artists, and we will be utilising the combined strengths and resources from both companies to push this partnership into new territory”.

Paradigm has expanded its reach and rosters in recent years through both acquisitions and strategic alliances of this kind, in both the US and the UK. Agencies it has allied with in one way or another at various different times include CODA, Independent Talent Group and X-ray Touring in the UK, and Windish Agency and AM Only in the US. The latter two rebranded as Paradigm at the start of last year.