Brennan Neilson

Brennan Neilson

Major: Business Administration – Marketing
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Program Associate | Union Label

How did you first get connected with Union Label?
I first connected with Union Label when they started interviewing students with concert management and promoting experience, and I felt like I was the perfect fit. Prior to transferring to CSU Chico, I worked as a promoter for local clubs in San Diego, booking local and national bands in small and medium sized concert venues. It was a smooth transition as I was already working for Conference Services and understood our facilities, staff, and organizational goals.

How would you describe your current role with Union Label?
My current role includes booking concerts in the Bell Memorial Union, “Nooner” concerts in Trinity Commons, International Festival performers, as well as aiding my co-workers on other Union Label events. My day to day usually consists of contacting talent agencies and negotiating details of performances, as well as managing our marketing campaign for each concert.

What does working for Union Label do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I have really enjoyed every moment working for Union Label. No matter how difficult putting on an event might be, the reward at the end, delivering great programming to students, is greater than any challenge I face. For the first time in my life, I have been able to feel passionate about the work I have done, and always eager to take on the next task. I have had great mentors in Jon Slaughter, Billy Harkness, Christopher Burkhardt and Deborah Lemmo, each who have helped me with event production and helped me understand AS principles and procedures. Professionally, I have gained great customer service skills, as well as communication skills as I am often speaking with music industry professionals who hold high standards in professionalism and conduct.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position at Union Label?
As Union Label is always working hard on new events, I feel like I bring experience and excitement to our team. Some of my AS co-workers have labeled me as a “work-horse” as I am often here late at night or on the weekends, tying up events, and working on the musicians schedule. The people I work with always bring out the best in me and inspire me to work harder and challenge Union Label to create new and unique events.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
Following this year, I hope to work as a talent agent for the music industry, or in a related industry job. The Associated Students have given me the opportunity to learn the industry language, as well as give me experience with contracting and all aspects of concert production. I love delivering music to students, and I hope to continue the passion once I travel down highway 99 into my future.