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Stephen Judge

Schoolkids Records
Owner
Stephen Judge began his career in 1990 as a part-time clerk at Raleigh, NC’s Schoolkids Records, his childhood record store, quickly working his way up to full-time status and becoming a buyer for several of the store’s locations. He went on to manage three of its locations and eventually purchased the store entirely in 2012, leading to its best sales year in a decade in 2014 and its best-selling day in history on Record Store Day 2015. He also spent seven years in artist management, working with Black Park Management from 1990-1993 and then striking out on his own to work with the bands Athenaeum, Collapsis, and Hobex. In this role, he secured a major-label contract for Athenaeum with Atlantic Records and EMI Publishing. Judge then entered the world of music distribution, joining Redeye Distribution in 2002 as Sales & Marketing Director. Over the years, he worked his way up to become A&R Director and eventually General Manager before leaving in 2008 to start his own record label and management services company, Second Motion Records.