Classical Music Agency Columbia Artists Management to Shut Down

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

Columbia Artists Management Inc. has announced it will shut down due to the prolonged pandemic.

In a statement that was emailed Saturday to CAMI artists the agency said it would be closing its doors on Monday, August 31.

“Columbia Artists has engaged with a fiduciary to enter into an assignment for the benefit of creditors, a form of insolvency proceeding where assets are liquidated and claims addressed in an orderly manner,” it was said in the statement. “We are working tirelessly to provide each of you concrete guidance on your specific situation in the coming days. In addition, we’re working together with the fiduciary to see a safe place to land for your Columbia Artists relationship.”

Columbia Artists Management represents some of the biggest names in the world of the classical music and opera, including sopranos Erin Wall, Leah Crocetto, Keri Alkema and Brenda Rae; mezzo-sopranos Jamie Barton, J’Nai Bridges, Isabel Leonard, and Emily Fons; bass-baritone Ryan McKinny; tenors Russell Thomas and Bruce Sledge; and baritones Phillip Addis and Mariusz Kwiecien, among others.