Widely regarded as one of the music industry’s most innovative and accomplished executives, Ron Shapiro has forged his own path from record label publicity departments to the presidency of Atlantic Records to spearheading his own start-up. In early 2004, Shapiro launched Ron Shapiro Management & Consulting, LLC, calling on his extraordinary range of experience which spans all aspects of the modern music business. His enduring belief in long-term artist development would lay the foundation for a steady road to success.
Joe Hegleman has always been a self-starter. He created all of the jobs he held while at the Island Def Jam Music Group to joining Ron Shapiro Management right after its inception and launching his own artist management and consulting company, Stonyledge Management, that same year. Joe has stayed ahead of the constant changes in the music business by helping to pioneer both the Digital and Strategic Marketing spaces at IDJ, having been a part of the multi-platinum successes of Jay Z, The Killers, Ludacris, Ashanti and others.
Together, Ron and Joe formed Have Fun Management, established in 2014, with Civil Twilight (Wind-Up) and Max Frost (Atlantic) as the company’s first clients. The young management company’s roster now includes Parachute, recently signed to Thirty Tigers, and indie-pop sensation UPSAHL, the first signing to the recently relaunched Arista Records and nabbed by Universal Music Publishing in a major publisher bidding war.
During Ron Shapiro Management & Consulting’s first year of operation, Ron spawned a gold record with Country phenom Julie Roberts (Mercury Nashville), and a follow up album that debuted at #4 on the Country charts. For eight years, he guided the career of Regina Spektor on Sire/Warner Bros. Records (their last album together, “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart; 2006 release “Begin To Hope” is certified gold in the USA, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand with over 1 million sold worldwide). He also guided the early career of RCA Nashville sensation Chris Young, oversaw the reunion of Gospel superstars BeBe and CeCe Winans (2010-2012), which gave way to stewardship of BeBe’s solo career and the launch of the 3 Winans Brothers (2015 Winners of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist). He also provided representation for Irish superstar Imelda May (Decca), Jace Everett, whose acclaimed hit single, “Bad Things,” was the iconic theme song to HBO’s True Blood, and career direction for actor Matthew James Thomas (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Pippin, Diner). He currently guides the careers of Atlantic recording artist Melanie Martinez (Cry Baby album was the Hot Shot Debut at #6 on the September 5, 2015 Billboard 200 and is now RIAA certified Platinum in the U.S., Platinum in Canada, Diamond in Brazil, Gold in the UK, Mexico, Colombia, and Poland), Aussie art pop musician Lenka, whose songs such as “The Show,” “Don’t Let Me Fall,” “Everything’s Okay,” “Heart Skips A Beat,” and “Everything At Once” have been the centerpiece to films, commercials and TV shows all around the world, and Rock singer/songwriter Anna Rose.
Prior to Ron and Joe starting Have Fun Management, Joe worked with Ron on the RSM&C roster of artists (namely Regina Spektor and Lenka), while running Stonyledge Management, which manages the career of internationally renowned deejay and producer, DJ Cassidy. Cassidy’s illustrious clientele includes President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, and many more. As a writer/producer, Cassidy has released several singles on Columbia Records and Atlantic Records, including “Calling All Hearts” featuring Robin Thicke & Jessie J, which was a Top 10 hit in the UK, as well as “Kill The Lights” featuring Jess Glynne & Alex Newell, which stole the last two episodes of HBO’s beloved show, VINYL, and “Make The World Go Round” featuring R. Kelly, which went to number 10 on the Urban AC radio chart.
Ron has also served in the past as a consultant to AOL Music, Clear Channel Entertainment, and many independent record labels. Over the course of his Atlantic Records tenure, he played a key role in the careers of Jewel, Tori Amos, Rob Thomas & Matchbox Twenty, Kid Rock, Brandy, POD, Duncan Sheik, Sugar Ray, The Corrs, Hootie & The Blowfish, Stone Temple Pilots, and Aaliyah, all whilst working with global superstars such as Phil Collins and Led Zeppelin.
Past clients on Stonyledge include Matt White, whose debut album on Geffen Records reached #4 on Billboard’s New Artist chart, containing the songs “Love” and “Best Days” that have been featured in numerous TV shows, movies and commercials, and critically acclaimed Australian indie darlings An Horse, who released two albums on Mom+Pop. As an entertainment consultant to brands, Joe has handled music marketing for the Gap, Turner, Mattel and Maxim Magazine.