Three protégés of legendary music manager Howard Kaufman have joined together to form CSM Management with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. The team includes Craig Fruin, Sheryl Louis and Mike Kobayashi, who each come to CSM with decades of wide ranging experience at HK Management.
“At CSM, we approach client management with a core philosophy and a global brand perspective. We provide each client with a customized focus on every aspect of their career. Collectively, we bring expertise in international marketing, touring, digital marketing and expertise in film, television, design, and merchandising. We all take pride in creating and implementing solutions that are innovative and collaborative with our artists,” commented Fruin who represents Lenny Kravitz, Jeff Lynne and Jeff Lynne’s ELO.
Sheryl Louis, who manages Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak and co-manages Fleetwood Mac, commented: “Bringing our individual expertise under one roof gives our clients the opportunity to thrive and grow more than ever. This wider perspective has created a perfect environment for the three of us to collaborate, explore strategies and ideas, and collectively bring our vast experience and attention to the needs of our artists.”
“Forming this company with Craig and Sheryl felt seamless given our long term partnership with Howard and HK Management. Our special bond with one another and collective vision for CSM enables us to focus on what’s most important and meaningful to our artists during every facet of their careers. We understand the need to adapt to the ever-changing music landscape which guides us to be at the forefront of a thriving global industry. Our commitment is to fully servicing our clients in all aspects of the business while actively looking for like-minded artists to grow our roster,” commented Mike Kobayashi who manages Def Leppard and Tesla.