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McNally Smith Alum Manages Bon Iver to ‘Best New Artist’ Honors

From music business student to respected artist manager, McNally Smith College of Music alumnus Kyle Frenette is making a name for himself in the music industry. Last Sunday night, the 24-year-old, Eau Claire, Wis. native continued to make his mark on the industry when Bon Iver was named “Best New Artist” at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. In addition, Bon Iver’s second, self-titled album was named “Best Alternative Music Album” and was nominated for two other Grammys.

Frenette graduated from McNally Smith College of Music in 2007 with an A.A.S. in Music Business. While completing his degree, he established his own record label, Amble Down Records and following graduation established his own artist management company, Middle West Management. In addition to managing Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Frenette’s organization also manages S. Carey, GAYNGS, Volcano Choir, Solid Gold and POLIÇA.

Last year, Frenette was named one of Billboard Magazine’s 30 under 30, a yearly list that recognizes and appreciates the work of up-and-coming executives in the music and entertainment industries.

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