Leading live agent Geoff Meall has joined the management team at Coda Agency following his departure from UTA.
Meall was formerly MD at The Agency Group, which was acquired by UTA in 2015.
Music Week revealed the agent's exit from UTA in November and reported his Coda move last month.
“I’m delighted to start the next chapter of my agency life” said Meall. “Once I made the decision to make a move there was only really one choice - CODA in my opinion are the most dynamic agency in the business. Their A&R signings and successes over the last few years have been unparalleled. They have the benefits of their partnerships with Paradigm, X-ray and ITG yet retain a maverick and independent culture. It’s also a fun place to work and that should always be the first priority! I’m excited to be part of the future of Coda.”
Liverpool-born Meall's roster at UTA included Muse, Paramore, Foals and Super Furry Animals.
Alex Hardee, partner at Coda, said: “Its fills us with great pride that someone of Geoff’s experience, influence, and standing in the music industry has joined Coda. He will bring a breadth of musical knowledge to Coda that will only compliment and strengthen the existing management team. It’s a shame he is a Scouser otherwise it would have been the perfect addition.”
Meall becomes the second high-profile agent to exit the UTA's UK business in little over a year following the departure of Natasha Bent, who also joined Coda in 2016.
Coda, which is partnered with Paradigm Talent Agency and who launched a joint venture with Independent Talent Group last year, is the fastest growing European live music agency. Its roster includes Liam Gallagher, The xx, Imagine Dragons, Sia, Rag’N’Bone Man, Ellie Goulding, Take That, The Prodigy, Bon Iver, Chvrches, Shawn Mendes, Years & Years and Bastille.