Troy Blakely is an American talent agent, managing partner and head of the concert department for the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). He was made a partner in 2002 and a managing partner with the new set of managing partners in 2005, reshaping APA. In late 1972, Troy was offered the position of agent for Diversified Management Agency (DMA) in Michigan. While at DMA, representing artists such as Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, Nazareth, Golden Earring, Canned Heat, Birtha, Lighthouse, The Raspberries and Blackfoot, he signed Tim Buckley, Sammy Hagar, Scorpions and Triumph. He departed DMA in January 1981 and for a brief time was employed by Magna Artists of Los Angeles, where he booked Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo tour, Blizzard of Oz. In September 1981, he moved to International Creative Management (ICM), taking with him Sammy Hagar and Triumph. While at ICM in Los Angeles, he signed Red Hot Chili Peppers and Poison. In 1986, he moved to the ICM New York office where he expanded his roster to Boston, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, Kings X, Y&T and The Black Crowes. He also served as responsible agent for Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden and Robert Plant. In September 1994, he left ICM and shortly after joined the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), bringing along with him Poison, Brett Michaels, Boston and The Black Crowes. In 1998, he moved to the Los Angeles office to become the Head of Music for the agency. While at APA, he signed Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, Sammy Hagar, Heart, The Go-Go’s, Lenny Kravitz, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society, Ratt, Cinderella, Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Lita Ford. On November 18, 2010, Troy was presented with a Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award during the 20th Annual LA Music Awards.
“After five decades of representing some of the finest hard rock, metal and heavy music I am honoured to be one of the people who can help recognise those bands and artist who embody the best of all heavy music.”