Ryan Kinder Signs With The Anvil For Management

Ryan Kinder. Photo: The Anvil

Ryan Kinder has signed with The Anvil for exclusive management representation.

The Anvil was formed in 2018 by Jake Kennedy, and represents music clients Sykamore (Wheelhouse Records/Music Knox Records), Sam Outlaw, and ENZI, along with filmmakers The Clyde Brothers.

“There’s a difference between a manager and a leader,” Kinder says of joining The Anvil. “Managers rely on positional authority whereas leaders exercise interpersonal influence. In a relationship like this, it can never be ‘I,’ it must always be ‘we.’ There’s a quote from Bill Taylor who started Fast Company and has written a bunch of great books, ‘The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action…even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. The only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.’ When deciding on a manager I realized that’s what Jake and his company are doing, finding what is special and leading alongside his clients as an engaged and thoughtful partner.”

“Ryan is a perfect example of the kind of talent we are looking to represent,” Kennedy says. “When considering bringing someone into the family there are two questions that we ask. The first, is this artist exceptional and do they have something to say? Second, is this artist a good human being with whom we would enjoy working?’ During my time as an agent, if a client asked me for advice when choosing a manager, I’d always tell them to ‘choose someone you could sit next to on a flight to Tokyo.’ Find someone you really click with and enjoy spending lots of time with. Two years into this adventure, I can happily say that’s the case with not only Ryan, but each client we represent.”

Kinder has earned nearly 80 million on-demand global streams. In addition to the new management partnership, Kinder continues to be represented by Creative Artists Agency and Jess Rosen at Greenburg Traurig.


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