Team

Kevin Arnold is a terminal music fan and music technology geek. In 1993 he created the seminal indie rock music festival Noise Pop in his adopted hometown of San Francisco, and for the past 14 years has watched it grow from a one night shindig to an internationally renowned sprawling week-long celebration of quality music, film, and independent culture. Somewhere in there he got a computer day job, worked his way through a stint at database technology leader Oracle, and eventually ended up at the online music company Listen.com. There he was able to combine his loves for music and technology by guiding the growth and development of Listen's complex music metadata database systems. While the prospect of creating compelling legal music services that catered to individual tastes in new ways was exciting, the realization that they would be focused overwhelmingly on major label music wasn't. In 2003, Kevin founded the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (or IODA), the industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music community. In 2004 Kevin was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Future of Music Coalition, a forward-thinking not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the media, policymakers, and the public on issues at the intersection of music and technology. With IODA and Noise Pop Industries, Kevin brings his dedication to music and the independent community together with a unique understanding of the digital music world.

Jordan Kurland is the founder/owner of Zeitgeist Artist Management, LTD. Formed in 1999, with offices in San Francisco and Manhattan; Zeitgeist focuses on cultivating long-term careers for independently minded artists. The company’s roster includes Death Cab for Cutie, Department of Eagles, French Kicks, Grizzly Bear, Sondre Lerche, Bob Mould, Matt Nathanson, The Postal Service, Rogue Wave, Say Anything, She & Him, Chris Walla and producer Jimmy Tamborello and his electronic projects DNTEL and James Figurine. Jordan sits on the board of the Stern Grove Festival and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). In 2004 he helped to curate and produce the “Future Soundtrack for America” CD and “Future Dictionary of America” which featured artists such as REM, Jimmy Eat World and Tom Waits as well as writers Paul Auster, Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Eggers, and Michael Chabon, raising over one million dollars for progressive causes around the 2004 Election. Prior to forming Zeitgeist, Jordan spent four years at David Lefkowitz/Figurehead Management where he worked with Primus, Charlie Hunter, Galactic, and the Melvins. Past artists that Jordan has represented include the Estate of Elliot Smith, Creeper Lagoon, Beulah and the founder of the seminal LA band X, John Doe.

Stacy Horne has over 18 years experience in the concert and event production business. Her career started out planning record release parties for ska legends “The Mighty Mighty Bosstones” which led to working at the infamous PR company Nasty Little Man. An opportune meeting with the Beastie Boys resulted in Stacy becoming one of the producers of what would become four of the largest fundraising concerts in history, the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. From there, Stacy went to work with legendary jazz promoter George Wein at Festival Productions on such esteemed events as JVC and Newport Jazz Festivals. With this solid event production in her pocket, Stacy returned to the world of alternative music, joining the CMJ Music Marathon as associate producer for their established conference, as well as founding the River Rocks concert series in New York City. Stacy moved to San Francisco in 2006 to become the producer for the city’s most esteemed independent music festival, Noise Pop, now in its 21st year. She is also one of the founding producers for the highly regarded Treasure Island Music Festival which began in 2007. She also founded the weekly new music newsletter, mySpoonful.com.

Julie Z is a mainstay in the San Francisco's music biz. After migrating west from Colorado years back, Julie made her mark in the Bay Area first as a musician, recording and touring with the band Staci Twigg. She has released 8 albums and performed with musicians from many walks of fame (even sang with Jefferson Starship)! In addition to her musical pursuits, she has further established herself as a photographer, agent and producer. Julie joined Noise Pop Industries in 2007, assisting in the production of the Green Apple Music Festival. Since then she has been an invaluable asset to the NPI team lending her talents to every facet of the Noise Pop universe. You can still catch her serenading crowds in local haunts around the city, even the occasional show of her photography. And for the record, she only has one cavity!

Dawson Ludwig is a music fan, first and foremost. He believes he straddles a line between geek and normal, but in actuality he’s probably closer to geek. What makes his fanaticisms all the more strange is his interest with the business of music almost as much as the music itself. Dawson’s first introduction to the music industry was as a manger and performer in the Santa Barbara based band, Jonas Day. The band quickly became a regional success story, sharing bills with Violent Femmes, Steel Train, Dada and Augustana. Dawson then moved to New York where he joined the independent music promotion company, Organic Entertainment. This is where Dawson learned the full spectrum of artist and event promotion, working in marketing, radio promotion, public relations, and booking. While in New York he also worked with ASCAP on artist compensation and venue research. After his time on the East Coast, he moved back West and settled in San Francisco where he began working in the offices of One Little Indian records. From this experience he met Celia Hirschman, which led to a researching position for her weekly KCRW segment, On The Beat. Dawson also writes for the music discovery website mySpoonful. He has been working with Noise Pop since January 2009, handling marketing and promotions for all Noise Pop related events.

Allison Gore, a Bay Area native and lifelong music and art enthusiast, was introduced to Noise Pop as a volunteer, selling t-shirts at shows during the Noise Pop Festival. Allison spent a few years as the designer and editor for the now-defunct music site We Want the Airwaves Back, creating artwork for interviews with artists such as Mike Patton, Travis Morrison and Q And Not U. Largely self-taught, Allison has produced illustrations and work in both print and web for such clients as Litquake, Mission Bowling Club, Team Love Records, Matt Nathanson, and Taxes. Her work has also appeared in New York Magazine's Vulture. Allison currently fills the role of designer and web producer at Noise Pop Industries.