Created in 2019 and named after an historic music and arts theater in Kansas City, Missouri, Uptown Artist Group is a boutique agency of passionate, career, music professionals who cater to an international roster of the best artists and musicians in folk and ethnic music. Our objective is quite simple: through premier booking, brand development, and management, we support our artists' creativity, grow their audiences and revenue, and help them build careers.
The Uptown team brings over 50 years combined experience in the
music and marketing industry.
Our roster consists of the best in folk and ethnic music. From our multi platinum artists to our incredible up and coming performers, Uptown can work with any venue, big or small.
David Shaughnessy comes from a family of artists and free thinkers. The son of an architect and a salvage dealer, David’s journey into the music business was a planned happenstance. A drummer through his youth, he decided to trade his vintage 5-piece champagne sparkle Ludwig drum kit for a Nikon. It was a great decision at the time as he would spend the next 30 years as a successful commercial photographer, yet he knew something was missing. It was the passion for a different brand of artistry...music. David’s drumming chops are long gone but his tireless pursuit of great music remains. He was the founding entertainment director of the Kansas City Irish Fest and remains in that volunteer role today. David’s first chapter of his agency career started over a bowl of some of the best, and spiciest, Indian food ever...in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. There, he was formally hired as an agent with Nashville based EIA Agency. David’s stint with EIA lasted only a few years where he honed his music industry skills then realizing he was ready to fly solo. Finally, on one steamy Midwest Summer evening in 2019, David’s new company, Uptown Artist Group, was born.