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Alison Stolpa is a Blogger and Music Writer who has held numerous positions across the music industry. After learning how to DJ at the University of Minnesota’s Radio K, she was hired as a Receptionist before working her way up to Program Director. While at Radio K, she also served as a co-host of the station’s popular weekly live local music show, Off the Record.
After college, Stolpa moved to London to attain an MA in the University of Westminster’s Management program. While in London, she served as an Intern for the Basement Jaxx’s Atlantic Jaxx label and Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records label.
When she returned to the States, she worked as a Record Store Clerk at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis and Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. She has written for the Amoeba blog and worked as a Staff Writer on Amoeba’s Webby award-winning What’s in My Bag series.
She has also served as a guest contributor to the Reviler music blog. For about a decade, she served as a News Writer for the beloved Tiny Mix Tapes blog, writing under the pen name Liz Louche.
She has worked as a Publicist for indie label Modern Radio Records and for bi-coastal literary PR firm Hilsinger Mendelson West, where she worked on The Doors drummer John Densmore’s book, The Doors: Unhinged.
She has played in numerous bands and even done a short stint as a Background Singer.
University of Westminster
Music Business Management MA
Graduation with merit
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Magna cum laude
Member: Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
Articles By Alison
Career Profiles by Alison
Baby, you're a star. Learn how some of today's most famous Singers broke through to create lasting careers at the top of the charts.
From the rave to the club, DJs get the party started. But how can an up-and-coming DJ get their start in this crowded field?
You've got an excellent ear for sound, you love collaborating with artists, and you've got the technical skills to hold it down in the studio. Here's how to become a Music Producer.
Are you the type of person who's always scribbling down lyrics and melodies on scraps of paper, in your notebook, and on your phone? Learn how to channel your skills to become a Songwriter.
The atmosphere is electric. You're behind the soundboard at one of the year's biggest concerts, making the stars on stage sound their best. Here's how to turn the dream into reality.
You've got a notepad bursting with insightful lyrics and catchy songs. You dream of writing lyrics for some of today's top artists. Learn how to turn your talents into a career as a Lyricist!
What do we mean when we talk about Roadies? Discover the many roles in sound, lighting, and instrument maintenance essential to making a concert work.
Music Therapists use the power of music to heal clients with a diverse range of interests. Learn more about a career where you can use your passion for music to help others!
Production Managers are responsible for all technical production elements of a live show, including sound, lighting, and staging.
Dreaming of a career backing up your favorite artists in the studio? If you've got the skills, we'll tell you how to pay the bills as a Session Musician.
Poster Artists design show posters for artists and music/lifestyle companies like record stores and concert venues.
Always got your camera at the ready each time you attend a show? Love snapping pics of your favorite band? Don't miss our advice on how to launch your career as a Music Photographer.
A Session Singer sings backup with artists or provides vocals for movie, commercial, and TV scores.
Mixes, edits, and syncs music to film. Serves as the technical and creative liaison between the Composer and filmmakers.
A Stage Manager makes sure the day-to-day operations of a concert hall or other musical venue run smoothly.
Music Historians research and write about musicians, instruments and musical genres in historical context.
For some, traveling the open road is the only way to live. Discover what it takes to be a Tour Manager and what this essential behind-the-scenes role is really like.
Musicologists study music in a historical, critical, or scientific context. The majority of Musicologists are employed by institutes of higher education, where they conduct research, publish papers, and teach college-level classes.
Music Business Accountant
Music Business Accountants advise and work with musicians and music industry companies on financial matters.
Ever get songs from commercials stuck in your head? That's the particular skill of a Jingle Writer. Learn how to craft catchy-as-hell musical compositions that feature in online, radio, and TV advertisements.
Music Supervisors find and license music in order to set the mood and convey emotion in a film, commercial, video game, or TV show.
Music Critics interview Musicians and review live performances and recorded albums for print or online media outlets.
Jazz Musicians are highly trained artists who perform original or repertoire jazz works in concert and in the recording studio.
Music Video Director
Directs the action and leads the film crew on a video shoot to realize his or her creative vision for the video.
Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers, and video games.
An Accompanist (or Collaborative Pianist) is a Pianist who accompanies Singers, Dancers, and Instrumentalists for performances and rehearsals.
Audio Engineers produce recordings and live performances. They select and set up gear to get the sound the musicians want. After recording, they mix the tracks to create a song or album.
Talent Buyers book artists at a venue in hopes of drawing a large crowd and netting a profit for the club.
Celebrity Bodyguards have seen it all and are willing to do anything to protect their famous clientele. Here's what it's like safeguarding musicians, Producers, and Singers.
Choreographers create and teach dances to dancers to perform on stage during concert tours, theatrical performances, or film/TV projects.
Personal Assistant to Recording Artist
A Personal Assistant manages the day-to-day tasks of their employer’s business and personal lives.
Mastering Engineers ensure the sound quality of recorded music is consistent and well-mixed, creating the final, approved mix for albums before they’re sent out to be replicated and released to the public.
Band Directors oversee rehearsals and performances for a school’s athletic bands, including marching bands and pep bands. They also handle behind-the-scenes duties such as recruiting and budget planning.
Ethnomusicologists go into the field to learn about the musical practices of different groups, writing academic studies that frame musical traditions and movements through a sociocultural lens.
General Managers are the decisionmakers at a label, overseeing aspects of an album’s creation such as marketing, budgeting, distribution, and promotional shoots.
Imagine the thrill of hearing your musical compositions soundtracking your favorite TV shows, movies, commercials, and video games. Here's what you need to know about becoming a Composer.
The Program Director manages and schedules station programming, and oversees the station’s various departments and staff.
A Music Blogger writes breaking music news stories to be posted on an online music blog.
Love sharing your favorite tunes with the people in your life? Learn how to become a Music Director! These radio pros shape the sound of their stations, adding top artists to the regular rotation and helping listeners discover fresh, new acts.
A Marketing Coordinator handles tour, retail, and digital marketing opportunities for a record label and its artists.
Director of A&R
The Director of A&R finds new artists, matches them with musical collaborators, and oversees the musical direction of the label.
Guitar Technicians set up and maintain all stringed instruments while a band is on tour.
Mix Engineers mix the various sound elements of a track to balance the volume and improve audio quality.
Album Cover Designer
Album Cover Designers create cover art and layout for LPs and CDs based off an artist or label’s design ideas.
Video Game Composer
If you've got music composition skills and a deep love for video games, working as a Video Game Composer just might be your dream job.
Light shows have the power to wow an audience. They provide atmosphere, supercharge a concert-going experience, and generally make an artist's live show one you won't soon forget. Here's how to become a Lighting Technician.
Social Media Manager
Social Media Managers write and schedule content for an artist or music company’s social pages. They also interact with fans and provide customer service on the social sites they manage.
Want to help bands grow and reach their full potential? Here's how to become a Personal Manager.
Looking for a career that combines your writing skills with your love for music? Music Journalists interview bands, chase stories, and review the hottest new albums.
Recording Studio Manager
Recording Studio Managers ensure the studio runs efficiently by overseeing building maintenance and studio prep ahead of sessions. They also book studio time for artists.
Music Teachers instruct elementary, junior high, or high school students in performance and music theory. They also lead various performance ensembles at the school, such as the marching band, choir, or orchestra.
Festival Directors manage the behind-the-scenes logistics of the festival by working with vendors, city officials and on-site staff.
The studio's your domain and capturing exquisite sound's your game. Here's what it's like to work as a Recording Engineer.
Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist
Repairs and restores broken or neglected musical instruments.
Got a piano emergency? As a Piano Tuner/Technician, you've got the intimate instrumental knowledge and fix-it skills to solve any problem.
If you want to party like a Rock Star, you've got to have the musical skill, passion, and determination of a Rock Star. Here's how some of today's top acts made it to the top.