Robertson Taylor Co-Founder Passes

Willie Robertson passed away on July 9. Photo: Lawrence White

Willie Robertson, co-creator of live entertainment brokerage firm Robertson Taylor, passed away July 9, 2011 after a short but determined fight against cancer.

His company’s board, management team and staff describe him as an “inspirational and passionate leader, business partner and friend.”

Robertson was also a dedicated philanthropist, and founded charity Nordoff Robbins, which used music to brighten the lives of those in need. He was actively involved in the organization since he helped start it 36 years ago.

Robertson teamed with Bob Taylor and Ian France to establish Robertson Taylor in 1977, offering insurance for live entertainment events.

Upon Robertson’s passing, Taylor said, “Ian France and I were his partners and friends for in excess of 40 years and to say that he will leave a gap in our lives is truly an understatement. Willie was a prolific producer of business and a tough and challenging partner throughout our long and incredibly successful relationship.

“Over the years he made many life-long friends who have been in regular contact with his family and I over the last few weeks. The support has been overwhelming coming from all across the world.

“I am extremely saddened by this news after such a short illness but, I am equally determined that all his good work will go on.”

Robertson Taylor is headquartered in London, with offices in Nashville, Los Angeles and other cities.

Donations in memory of Robertson can be made to Nordoff Robbins at


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