UTR Agency was founded in February of 2019 by veteran music agent Michael Kelley, who, after spending 9 years away from the agent side of the business to produce large conferences, conventions, trade shows, corporate events and festivals, and act as owner/operator of several live music clubs, felt a strong tug on his heart to return to the business he once loved.
Michael had spent more than 20 years helping to develop the careers of some of the most well known artists in music from the club level to the arena level and, after some time away, has returned with a renewed passion, vigor and desire to work with and develop artists who's music touches the soul and changes lives, as the best music always does.
Just a few of the hundreds of artists Michael has had the pleasure of working with over the years include:
Green Day, Cake, Fastball, Lit, Leon Russell, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Face To Face, Scotty Moore (Elvis Guitarist), Ice-T, NOFX, Dave Edmunds, Link Wray, Rickie Lee Jones, Kittie, Tim Easton, Negativland, Secret Chiefs 3, The Ocean Blue, The Breeders, Savoy Brown, Mick Taylor (of the Rolling Stones), Cursive, KVHW, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Neve, WAR, Prong, Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats), The English Beat, Adrian Legg, Shelby Lynne, Mother Hips, The Honeydogs, Stan Ridgway, Carolyn Wonderland, RX Bandits, Reeves Gabrels, Jeffree Star, Masters of Reality and literally Hundreds more!
Through our years of experience in both the original music and corporate entertainment industries, as well as decades of relationships built in the Performing Arts & college markets, with festivals and fairs, and unique opportunity procurement, we are able to provide a wealth of opportunities for our artists.
We work hand in hand with our artists, their management companies, record labels and publicists to make sure that every opportunity is maximized to its full potential
On occasion, when the need is there and we are passionate about an artist, we have been known to step into a management role
As an extra added value, we provide public relations services for our artists and others, especially when it comes to tour marketing