The Fitzgerald Hartley Company To Close Doors

After 42 years in business, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company co-founders Larry Fitzgerald and Mark Hartley announced today they will close the doors of their legendary entertainment firm. The company currently has offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Ventura, California.

Fitzgerald steps back from the majority of his management roles to solely focus on his long-time client, and friend of thirty-five years, Vince Gill. “Mark and I forged a collaboration that has been successful, both personally and professionally, beyond our wildest dreams,” shares Fitzgerald. “Now I want to concentrate my efforts toward Vince. Though his accomplishments thus far have been enormous, I believe our partnership has been a cornerstone of my career, and I know we have many mountains yet to climb.”

Hartley will continue in artist management and in the development of film and television properties. “It has been a great ride and does not seem like a 42-year run,” adds Hartley. “We have been blessed to be able to collaborate with such amazingly talented artists and partners.”

The company, which was established in 1977, plans to close prior to year’s end. “Although closing the doors on FitzHart after 42 years is difficult, looking back on all the incredible artists’ careers that Mark and I have been a part of has been an absolute privilege,” continues Fitzgerald. “Who knew that closing down a business is almost as difficult as creating one?”

In addition to Gill, the firm has represented a diverse roster which has included Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Glenn Frey, Randy Houser, Eric Paslay, Tracy Lawrence, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney, Toto, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, Patty Loveless, Restless Heart, Morgan Evans and The Brothers Johnson, among many others. MusicRow has confirmed that Paisley will be staying on with longtime manager Bill Simmons.

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