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Pictured is SAEM alumna and Stage AE office manager Alison Maternowski. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Meet Alison Maternowski

Job title: Office Manager
Stage AE (PromoWest Productions)
Degree earned:
Bachelor of Science in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management
December 2012
Rochester Hills, Mich.
Now living in:
Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Shore)
Seeing live music, discovering new artists, fashion and design
LinkedIn: Alison Maternowski


Alison is now a Production Coordinator for Olympia Development of Michigan.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment management field?

I decided entertainment management was what I had to do for a living when I was at a Spill Canvas concert one night with my friends. I've always been into music, but it was at that concert where I really made the decision to pursue this type of career.

Why did you decide to transfer to Point Park?

I used to be a health science major at Oakland University in Michigan but it wasn't for me. After searching schools that offered entertainment management, I discovered that Point Park had a lot of information about its sport, arts and entertainment management degree. Soon after, I met with Professor Steve Tanzilli and was sold on the SAEM program in one meeting! The entertainment management industry is all about networking and I was impressed with the amount of connections the SAEM professors have here.

Please list your previous internship and work experiences.

  • Marketing Intern, Stage AE
  • Marketing Intern, Live Nation
  • Production Runner, CONSOL Energy Center, First Niagara Pavilion and Heinz Field (through Live Nation)
  • Marketing Intern, Drusky Entertainment

How did you land your position with Stage AE?

As a student, I expressed my interest in the music industry to Professor Ed Traversari. The SAEM program's partnership with Stage AE was the main reason I transferred to Point Park. My goal was to work for Stage AE. Being a marketing intern there got my foot in the door and basically led to my current position. Working at Stage AE has been nothing but amazing. They've filled a niche in the market and added a great dynamic to Pittsburgh's music scene.

What are your career goals?

I'm most interested in venue management and operations. I really like the management aspect of concerts. There are so many different career paths I can take with this degree. Eventually, I'd like to manage a concert venue that can host a variety of events.

What advice do you have for our SAEM students?

Keep an open mind about everything. Don't be afraid to network and job shadow. People love talking about their jobs. Lastly, build your own persona and make sure to be professional. The industry is more business professional than what meets the eye.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

The SAEM program is out of this world. Having all three aspects — sport, arts and entertainment management — make the program a triple threat.

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