Barrett Artists, formerly Herbert Barrett Management, has sent a letter to its musicians telling them it cannot stay in business after the impact of Covid on bookings and revenues.
Its senior partner John Anderson is retiring at 80 and the rest cannot see a way forward.
‘With your guidance, we will do our best to find you new representation,’ says Anderson’s letter. ‘Once we have made a public announcement of my retirement and closing the office, the process may take care of itself. This will happen before the week is out.’
Herbert Barrett, who died in 2007, once had Martha Argerich, Sherill Milnes (pictured) and Ravi Shankar on his books.
The present roster includes pianist Cecile Licad, cellist Gary Hoffman and conductor Stephen Lord.