Salty Artist Management—the management agency that was at the time residence to Mitski, Jay Som, Car or truck Seat Headrest, and other noteworthy indie acts—closed on October 29, Billboard reveals in a new report. The firm’s website and social media accounts have also disappeared. According to Billboard, Salty’s co-founders Chris Crowley and Chad Heimann closed the enterprise immediately after Crowley was accused of sexual harassment.
In accordance to Billboard’s report, Crowley despatched a textual content message to a music small business qualified suggesting that he preferred to “hook up” with a female on the Salty management workforce who was in her twenties. The woman—whom Billboard phone calls Stephanie—began functioning at Salty on July 19. The text message was reportedly sent some time involving her commence day and August 21.
On August 22, Stephanie reportedly went to see a movie and get dinner with Crowley. Stephanie advised Billboard that her day with Crowley was “uneventful,” and so she was stunned to receive a textual content concept from Crowley apologizing for flirting with her. Stephanie reportedly informed Chad Heimann about his co-founder’s text information. Heimann was supportive, in accordance to Billboard, and “shared a lot of of [Stephanie’s] concerns” with Crowley. At this position, in accordance to the report, Stephanie was unaware of the “hook up” textual content message.
Months later, Stephanie was reportedly demonstrated the “hook up” textual content message, and, on Oct 17, satisfied with Crowley to confront him about it. Crowley was reportedly apologetic, but, due to her soreness at Salty, Stephanie declared her resignation through a business Zoom assembly on Oct 19. Many supervisors chose to depart Salty in solidarity with Stephanie, in accordance to Billboard.
Crowley and Heimann established Salty Artist Management in 2012. In October 2020, Pitchfork was emailed a press launch that touted the firm’s selecting of 4 new administrators. The e mail also integrated a list of Salty’s clientele at the time, highlighting Car or truck Seat Headrest, Ella Jane, Field Medic, Giraffage, Huck, Jackie Hayes, Jay Som, Kate Bollinger, Michelle, Mitski, Product/Actriz, Momma, Gradual Pulp, and Delicate Glas. In accordance to Billboard, Mitski was managed by Crowley, whilst Slow Pulp and Jay Som did not operate instantly with him.
Pitchfork has attained out to the publicist who despatched the Oct 2020 e-mail and also attempted to speak to Chris Crowley and Chad Heimann.