Rob Light is head of the Music Department, a partner and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Under Light’s leadership, CAA’s Music department represents many of the world’s most popular and talented musical artists and comedians. Light oversees all of CAA’s music agents, providing strategic counsel on concert tours and event bookings worldwide, as well as advising clients on their overall career development.
Following six years at International Creative Management, Light joined CAA in 1984. He was named Head of the Music Department in 1998 and appointed to CAA’s management board in 2001. Under his visionary leadership, Light has led the department’s expansion into London, which marked the first time a full-service agency established an international presence, Nashville, and New York City, helping CAA become the preeminent talent agency for musicians and comedians in the U.S. and abroad. A market share leader, CAA represents more of the top 200 touring artists than the next four competitors combined, and books more theater and arena comedy acts worldwide than any other agency. CAA’s Music clients cross every genre, from pop, rock and country, to urban, Latin, and EDM, as well as comedy.
Respected throughout the industry for his innovative deal structures and his ability to foresee and adapt to changes in the business environment, Light has led CAA’s music department to new heights by implementing an integrated services model that leverages CAA’s expansive and deep resources within the department and across the agency. This inter-departmental approach has taken clients into soundtracks, theater, features films, television, documentaries, sponsorship, endorsement and licensing.
Light and his team have also been instrumental in building and creating many of the most successful themed music festivals in the last decade, including Vans’ Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos and the Mayhem Tour.
Light was honored as “Agent of the Year” in trade publications Pollstar and Performance Magazine in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, and 2003, and the CAA Music department has been awarded “Agency of the Year” by Pollstar for ten consecutive years. In addition, Light was ranked #7 in Billboard’s 2012 Power 100, and was the 2004 Children’s Choice Award recipient from the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Project.
Light is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication with a degree in Film and Television. Married, with five children, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University and is a board member for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Communities in Schools, and The Tiger Woods Foundation.