Darling Department has announced that it will close its PR division next month, concentrating instead on its artist management and music consultancy businesses, overseen by directors Ed Cartwright, Dan Stevens and David Laub.
Explaining the decision, Cartwright told CMU: “It just feels like the right time to make the change. Running an independent music PR company, in a landscape of declining fees and circulations, feels increasingly dispiriting. PR was the heart of Darling for many years, but recently artist management and music consultancy have become the focus of our energies. It’s with great sadness that we’re parting company with our talented and experienced PR and promotions team and we’re sure they’ll continue to thrive in their chosen paths. We’re excited about the possibilities for the future”.
The company will cease its PR operations on 1 Apr, with much of its roster expected to stay with the outgoing team as they move elsewhere.