Columbia Artists Management Inc.
The Creative Source for the Performing Arts
Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) is an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world's most prominent performing artists and institutions.CAMI has been on the forefront of performing arts management and production throughout the world for nine decades.
CAMI was formed in 1930 by William S. Paley and Arthur Judson, in a merger of seven independent concert managers, as part of Columbia Broadcast System. The convergence of major impresarios under the Columbia Concerts Corporation, as CAMI was originally known, began the tradition of cooperation among independent managers that is still in place today. The company’s dominating presence in broadcasting and representation was sustained and driven by the now legendary roster of artists managed by the company’s founders.
Led by Ronald A. Wilford from 1970 until his death in 2015, CAMI continues its legacy as a world leader in performing arts management through its subsidiary Columbia Artists Management LLC (CAM LLC). Under the direction of Tim Fox, Andrew S. Grossman and R. Douglas Sheldon, the company maintains its position as one of the world's largest classical music management firms with the most active managers, producers and agents in the performing arts.
Columbia Artists Management LLC’s managers include a diverse selection of individuals who specialize in the careers of instrumentalists, conductors, opera singers and other vocalists, as well as in the touring activities of orchestra and instrumental ensembles. Complementing its activities in classical music, the company manages an extensive roster of world music performing artists, as well as the leading classical, modern, and popular dance companies.
For over forty years, through its Columbia Artists Theatricals (CAT) subsidiary, CAMI has pioneered the development of national Broadway touring. Today, through the leadership of Gary McAvay, CAT continues its long tradition of distributing the highest caliber of theatrical entertainment.
In recognition of the diversity of its artists and of previously untapped opportunities to reach new audiences worldwide, CAMI's subsidiary, CAMI Spectrum, led by Margaret Selby, is reaching beyond convention to produce an array of innovative projects and special events.
In 2004 Ronald A. Wilford and Jean Jacques Cesbron formed CAMI Music, an independent enterprise, specializing in the worldwide general management and touring of a prominent roster of artists, institutions and theatrical events appealing to both existing and new audiences across the globe. In addition to traditional representation, CAMI Music provides production and consultation services for special events and festivals around the world.
With the start of the 2015-16 Season, CAMI celebrates its 85th anniversary and is well-positioned for many future seasons of success in the performing arts.