Scott Clayton, co-head of music at WME, leaves for UTA

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Scott Clayton, one of three co-heads of music at WME, has left that agency to join UTA, sources confirmed.

WME acknowledged the departure in a statement. “We appreciate all of Scott’s contributions to the agency over the past four years and wish him all the best,” said a representative.

The outing comes in a week that saw further intrigue within WME’s music division, as senior executive Lloyd Braun held a staff meeting to clarify Morgan Wallen’s status, or lack thereof, with the agency.

Clayton, who has been based in Nashville since 1994, made headlines in November 2017 when he stepped down as CAA Co-Head and moved to WME to assume the same title.

Clayton first arrived in Nashville in the early ’90s when he helped Buck Williams start PGA, Nashville’s first rock agency. He joined CAA Nashville in 2000, with the goal of diversifying a country and CCM-focused roster to include more pop and rock artists. These eventually included artists like John Mayer and Kings of Leon, both of whom joined Clayton when he joined WME four years ago, where he was called upon to head the agency’s rock division.

At WME, when longtime co-directors Marc Geiger and Sarah Newkirk Simon left in June 2020, Los Angeles-based Kirk Sommer and Londoner Lucy Dickins were appointed to take their places as new. co-directors of the agency’s music.

UTA has not officially announced Clayton’s appointment or whether he will wear the same title in his new home.

WME’s music division has already had an interesting week with Wallen’s situation. Rumors had circulated that the agency had always quietly portrayed struggling country superstar Morgan Wallen, even though it had immediately and publicly removed him from the client list in March following the scandal over his shoot with a racial epithet. . Some employees wanted answers, and Lloyd Braum held a meeting Thursday with music staff members to address the issue, first reported in Deadline.

Sources confirm Variety that Braum explained to the music team that WME was determined to let go of the tainted country superstar, but handled the new concert bookings she had arranged for Wallen before their split in March, which had been postponed due to the pandemic. Staff members had heard of the booking changes through the agency’s internal system. But no new work has been booked, Braum said at the meeting, and WME has reportedly donated commissions from postponed dates to charity.


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