About

Middle West is an artist management firm founded on the acute quiet of Midwestern work ethic. Independently strong since 2010, Middle West is dedicated to fostering good music and the musicians who make it in the most professional and diverse of ways. With offices in Minneapolis, MN, Brooklyn, NY, and Durham, NC, the firm also offers label and business management services to its artists.

Co-founded by Kyle Frenette on the strength and experience of Bon Iver, Middle West began as just an idea on how to structure a new type of artist management firm within the ever-changing landscape of the music industry. The organization has since grown into an evolving experiment that’s mission is to cultivate the next generation of artist managers. Middle West strives to establish a collaborative and professional environment for its managers to flourish, perfect their skills, and provide the absolute best services possible for their artists. This is accomplished by way of a shared brain trust between all managers and personnel as well as the company's atypical linear business model in which all members of the greater team are encouraged to contribute, learn and grow alongside one another.

"That's my middle-west--not the wheat of the prairies or the lost Swede towns but the thrilling, returning trains of my youth and the street lamps of sleigh bells in the frosty dark and the shadows of holly wreaths thrown by lighten windows on the snow. I am part of that. . . "
-F. Scott Fitzgerald


Team

Artists

  • Aero Flynn
  • Bon Iver
  • S. Carey
  • The Shouting Matches
  • Volcano Choir

Kyle Frenette

Minneapolis, MN

Artists

  • American Football
  • Minus The Bear
  • Hellogoodbye
  • Into It. Over It.
  • Mothers
  • Pure Bathing Culture
  • Private: Now, Now
  • Owen

Chase Igliori

New York, NY

Artists

  • The 4onthefloor
  • DEM YUUT

Josh Sundquist

Minneapolis, MN

Artists

  • Sylvan Esso
  • Phil Cook
  • Made of Oak
  • Mountain Man
  • Bowerbirds
  • Loamlands
  • Lost In The Trees

Martin Anderson

Durham, NC

Artists

Amber Leone

New York, NY

Artists

Molly Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Artists

Rusty Sutton

Durham, NC