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Stacy Horne – Producer for NoisePop and Treasure Island Festivals

San Francisco Governor

How/When did you get your start?

I started out by doing as much as I could in the music industry during my college days at UMass Amherst – DJ’ing at the campus radio station, working as Hospitality Manager for the Program Board that brought all of the shows to campus, and interning for a large booking agency in London. All of that led me to my first job in New York City in 1995 working as an assistant manager for bands such as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Ivy, H2O, and others.

What was the most interesting experience you’ve had while working?

Being a part of the production team for the four Tibetan Freedom Concerts, 1996-1999. These were some of the largest benefit concerts in history and brought together all of the top rock acts in the world at that moment in time. They also united thousands of young people in a common cause for a Free Tibet. Putting together such meaningful events fostered a life-long camaraderie among the staff, many of whom are still my closest friends and colleagues today.

Where/how do you hear about new music?

Mostly from my festival talent buyer, publicists and other trusted colleagues in the industry. Occasionally I troll the online magazines and blogs – Fader, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, etc. Many of new my favorite up and coming artists become features on my new music newsletter –

What book would you recommend as a must read for someone?

If you want to go into the live music industry, I highly recommend the autobiography of Bill Graham: My Life Inside Rock and Out. Bill for me is one of the true pioneers of the American live music scene (along with George Wein) and his life and work are an inspiration for anyone that wants to produce live events that both the bands and fans want to come back to again and again.

What advice would you give to a young person just starting out in the music business?

Intern, volunteer, and generally make yourself as useful as possible once get a foot in the door. If you don’t understand something, ask questions and try to learn as much as possible about what is going on around you, even if you are not directly involved. And, (very importantly) be passionate about music! Make it your business to stay up on what bands are doing – go to shows and listen to lots of music. Most small companies will hire from within and need people that are smart, sharp and understand what is going on at their company and within the industry.