Neal will join the agency’s music department as a partner and be located in the Nashville office.
Neal joins WME from Buddy Lee Attractions, where he served as the company’s president, and will be bringing several clients with him, including Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee.
With more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, Neal had served as president at Buddy Lee Attractions since 2009. Under his tenure, the agency received the 2014 Pollstar Award for independent booking agency of the year.
The hire is a major move for the agency which has seen major growth in the Nashville offices over the past couple of years.
WME acquired Joey Lee’s 360 Artist Agency in 2010, bringing over artists such as Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack and Lee Brice. Earlier this year, WME brought on former Paradigm agents Mike Snider, Kevin Huffman and Dan Rauter to launch their new Christian music division in the agency’s Nashville office.