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 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 2015, with Civil Twilight (Wind-Up) and Max Frost (Atlantic) as the company’s first clients. Max’s debut album Gold Rush features his break-through single “Good Morning” – the song was featured in a yearlong advertising campaign launching Pepsi’s new bubly™ line of sparkling waters, on ESPN’s College GameDay and in promotional spots for ESPN’s morning show, GET UP; the single was also used in episodes of ABC’S AMERICAN IDOL and GREY’S ANATOMY. Frost toured extensively in support of Gold Rush, including tours with twenty one pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Bastille, and his own sold out headline tour. The young management company’s roster now also includes Parachute, recently signed to Thirty Tigers, Mama Foundation For The Arts (as seen on CBS’ 60 MINUTES) & Vy Higginsen’s SING HARLEM Choir, and most recently alternative pop sensation UPSAHL, the first signing to the relaunched Arista Records and nabbed by Universal Music Publishing in a major publisher bidding war. UPSAHL’s enigmatic, endearing, and entrancing style has garnered widespread critical acclaim from Nylon, V Magazine, PAPER, Billboard, Refinery29, Ones To Watch, Consequence of Sound, Alternative Press and more. Her singles and videos have quickly eclipsed 200 million streams worldwide and counting, and her funny and clever duets have wracked up millions of views on Tik Tok. As a songwriter for other artists, UPSAHL recently co-wrote “Good in Bed” for Dua Lipa’s chart-topping 2020 blockbuster album, Future Nostalgia, and is currently lending her pen to Madison Beer, Anne-Marie, and more.
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 (title roles in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and Pippin). He currently guides the career of Atlantic recording artist Melanie Martinez – her Cry Baby debut 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, and her sophomore album and film, K-12, debuted in 2019 at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on the Billboard Alternative Album Chart, #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack Chart, and received a nomination for “Top Soundtrack” at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Ron also represents 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 for the past decade.
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 managed 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 released several singles on Columbia Records, Atlantic Records, and RCA 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.
Over the course of his Atlantic Records tenure, Ron 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. He has also served in the past as a consultant to AOL Music, Clear Channel Entertainment, and many independent record labels and artists.
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, Maxim Magazine, as well as Studio 54, where he helped start the iconic brand’s record label.