New Leadership Named at Opus 3 Artists

sfcm, opus 3 artists, alliance

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music acquired Opus 3 Artists in a new partnership in 2020.

Robert Berretta and Benjamin Maimin appointed to key executive positions at Opus 3 Artists.

NEW YORK, NY, December 2, 2021—Chairman of the Board David Stull announced today the appointments of two key executive positions at Opus 3 Artists, a leading company managing the careers and touring activities of many of the world’s most exciting performing artists and ensembles. Robert Berretta, former Opus 3 vice president, was named managing director and Benjamin Maimin, former Opus 3 chief revenue officer, will serve as chief operations officer and director of strategic initiatives.

Berretta and Maimin will co-lead the organization. They succeed David Foster, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring from his position as president and chief executive officer—a role he held since 1995. Foster will continue to manage artists and will act as a consultant to Opus 3 Artists.  The executive team will continue to include Jonathan Brill as Executive Vice President.

“Rob and Ben inspire confidence and capture our imaginations, both as leaders and advocates for the extraordinary artists with whom we work,” said Stull, who also serves as president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), which acquired Opus 3 Artists in late 2020. “It is with great enthusiasm that we are embracing a new model for offering joint leadership at the company. We are tremendously optimistic about its future and remain deeply grateful to David Foster for his brilliant work and counsel, which will remain central to our success in years to come.”

As managing director, Berretta will oversee all areas of artist management and a team of managers and agents that serve a roster of over 250 clients. He will focus on global growth and diversification of the staff and artists and will continue to represent his roster of touring orchestras, dance companies, soloists, and ensembles. He has been a member of the Opus 3 team since 2005. Prior, he was a vice president at Columbia Artists Management, Inc. “The artists and staff of Opus 3 Artists have long set the standard for excellence in our field,” Berretta said. “Through our new partnership with SFCM, we believe we can have a positive and transformative effect on the performing arts. I look forward to working with my friend Ben in supporting our roster to build a better world inspired by great music and art.”

As chief operating officer, Maimin will oversee the corporate business practices and operations of the company.  Maimin will also assume the new position of director of strategic initiatives to lead projects and special events, develop new lines of business, and research and assess new market trends and avenues of growth in the performing arts and entertainment industry. “Opus 3 has been my second home ever since I joined the company in 2014,” said Maimin, who also previously served as a vice president at Columbia Artists. “It is a privilege to work with such a talented group of artists and colleagues and I am honored to have their trust.”

Together, Berretta and Maimin will advance the mission of the alliance between Opus 3 Artists and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) in developing artist apprenticeship and internship programs and commissioning educational and programming initiatives worldwide. They will also develop new efforts to acknowledge and recognize the systemic imbalances in the performing arts. Upon their appointments, Berretta and Maimin announced the formation of a participatory advisory council to recommend initiatives regarding more inclusive staffing and artist rosters, audience development, and community engagement. The council will be led by Associate Manager Leiwei Jiang, Artist Manager Scott Mello, and Vice President and Director of Classical Booking Sarah Pelch in tandem with the SFCM Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jason Hainsworth. “In this next chapter, we will continue to explore innovative opportunities as well as do our part in amplifying voices of all backgrounds,” said Maimin. “Opus 3 will not only continue to lead the field in artist management, but also be the place where that artistry is used to shape a brighter, more inclusive, and sustainable future for the performing arts industry.”

###

About Opus 3 Artists
Opus 3 Artists is a leading company managing the careers and touring activities of many of the world’s greatest performing artists and ensembles. The company traces its roots to the pioneering role of the legendary Sol Hurok, the great 20 th  century impresario. Opus 3 Artists’ talented and respected team includes a dedicated staff of artist managers, booking representatives, marketing and tour production specialists, all sharing a common passion for artistic excellence. The focus of Opus 3 Artists’ roster includes instrumentalists, vocalists, conductors, composers, chamber music ensembles, and touring chamber and symphony orchestras, as well as dance and theater companies, jazz, world, and new music ensembles and artists. True to the Hurok legacy, Opus 3 Artists continues to be a leader in discovering, nurturing, and developing young artists by helping to establish the network and foundation for their art and performing careers. The company is proud of the many impressive examples of this long-term commitment to young artists who have become major figures in the international cultural scene.

About the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

SFCM draws on the bold creativity of San Francisco to offer unparalleled training for the 21 st century musician. We support students in developing the skills and vision to chart successful careers and advance the human experience through music. We believe a musical education must extend far beyond technical and performance skills. Our commitment to music of enduring quality and importance is the foundation of our innovative curriculum, cultivating critical thinking and business acumen alongside artistic practice and creating a transformative environment of inquiry, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Our DNA combines a global perspective with the unstoppable energy and imagination of our hometown. Our pioneering programs and partnerships with leading institutions and businesses prepare students to seize opportunities in music and a wide array of the fastest developing sectors today. SFCM is a magnet for exceptional faculty whose ongoing professional experience benefits our students. As the only conservatory partnered with a leading artist management company, we are able to provide our students unique insight and access to the music industry.