Paradigm Acquires Dale Morris & Associates; Creates Strategic Alliance with Morris Higham Management
Paradigm Talent Agency continues to make strategic alliances to grow its reach.
Paradigm Talent Agency and Nashville powerhouse Morris Higham Management (MHM) have confirmed a new deal. Dale Morris & Associates, MHM’s touring division, now belongs to Paradigm.
Mike Betterton and Nate Ritches, agents at Dale Morris, will form part of Paradigm’s Nashville team. They bring major country music clients Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay, and Walker County. Paradigm’s Nashville roster includes Kacey Musgraves, the Mavericks, and Ben Folds and the Lumineers, among others.
In addition to the acquisition, Paradigm and Morris Higham Management have formed a “strategic alliance.” The move sees the agency working closely with MHM to “create unique and compelling opportunities for MHM management clients.” This will increase the latter company’s global reach.
Paradigm has made similar strategic alliances in the past. In the UK, the agency has partnered with Independent Talent Group and X-Ray Touring. In the US, Paradigm has made deals with the Windish Agency and AM Only. Both have since branded as Paradigm.
Speaking about the acquisition and the strategic alliance, Clint Higham, Co-Head of MHM, 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.”
Higham has previously won the CMA Manager of the Year award.
Sam Gores, Chairman and CEO of Paradigm, explained that the acquisition makes sense for the agency.
“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 utilizing the combined strengths and resources from both companies to push this partnership into new territory.”