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Stein Bjelland

Cultural entrepreneur, strategist and music business consultant

Stein Bjelland

Stein Bjelland (1970) is a cultural entrepreneur, strategist and music business consultant.

Stein now runs Stein70000, his own consultant company within the music and the arts.

He has been dealing with counterculture and entrepreneurship within the music and arts business for the last 25+ years, working closely with different organizations, companies, artists and institutions on innovation and entrepreneurship within the cultural sector.

Between 2008-2013 he was the co-founder and president of the Norwegian production- and management company Great Moments, working with artists like Kvelertak and Purified In Blood.

He has also his own experience from the international music industry, trying hard to become a true rock star with the band the Getaway People in the late 90s. The band signed a major deal with Columbia Records in New York and toured the US and Europe extensivly between 1997-2001.

For over 13 years Stein Bjelland was the owner of Nuproductions As who owned and produced the boutique Numusic and Nuart festivals in Stavanger. He was also the manager for Norways first and only music investment fund, Buzz As in Bergen, investing in music companies, music technologies and other relevant projects.

At present time he is thinking really hard about the concepts and ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship in the arts- and cultural-business´ doing work for a lot of different clients ranging from the Norwegian government and symphony orchestras to boutique music companies and artists.

In 2021 he was elected Chair of Music Norway, the Norwegian music industry’s export facilitator and promotional organisation. Addressing the needs of the music industry, artists, ensembles and organisations, Music Norway offers grant schemes, competence building, facilitation of networking arenas, and counselling. The organisation develops programs that are adapted to a digital and global music industry, based on data retrieval, analysis and music export statistics.

He teaches regularly at the New York University and other Norwegian Universities and are often used as a speaker at conferences and workshops.

Stein also is one of the co-founders of Elefant, a co-working space for creatives in Stavanger.

Stein Bjelland divide his time between his homes in Stavanger, Norway and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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