Josh Humiston, APA Partner and Music Agent, Dies at 48

Josh Humiston
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Josh Humiston

He started out in the agency mailroom in 1995 and was promoted to partner in 2007.

Josh Humiston, a partner and music agent at the Agency for the Performing Arts, died Wednesday in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 48.

"Josh was a unique and exceptional agent who was fiercely passionate and loyal to his clients and this company for 26 years," Jim Gosnell, CEO of APA, said in a statement. "A much-loved member of our APA family, he wore his heart on his sleeve and would fight equally as hard for his clients as he did his colleagues. He will be extremely missed by all of us as well as the music community in which he served."

Humiston was promoted to partner in 2007, becoming the first agent in the company's 59-year history to begin in the mailroom and make it that far. His clients over the years included Flogging Molly, X, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Judas Priest, Skillet and Everclear, among many others.

Born in Santa Monica on March 18, 1972, Humiston graduated from Beverly Hills High School and then Boston University. He joined APA in 1995 and was upped to vp concerts in 2001, responsible for developing and overseeing the agency's modern rock department.

According to APA, Humiston was a passionate golfer, an ardent Los Angeles Kings, Lakers and Dodgers fan and a "recurring, enthusiastic fixture" at their games.

Survivors include his wife, Jaime, and their daughters, Isabella and Juliana; his parents, Jan and Robert; siblings Alison and Matthew; sister-in-law Lisa; and nieces Mila and Rachel.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral for immediate family only will be held Sunday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles, with a celebration of his life to be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Andrew McMahon's Dear Jack Foundation, which benefits adolescents and young adults with cancer.