Stephanie LaFera; Music Manager and CEO - Little Empire Music


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Stephanie LaFera

Stephanie LaFera is a music manager and CEO of Little Empire Music. The company works alongside artists including Galantis, Santigold, Nicole Moudaber, CID, Justin Jay, Phantoms, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner and more.
With 20 years of management experience, LaFera helped usher-in the North American Dance Music boom of the early 2000’s. As manager for Kaskade, whom she worked with for 14 years, LaFera successfully pioneered both Las Vegas residencies for DJ’s, as well as Dance Music’s transition from clubs to arenas.
LaFera has managed the career of Multi-Platinum selling, Grammy Nominated duo Galantis since before their first ever show at 2014’s Coachella. Their debut album, Pharmacy reached No.1 on the Billboard Dance chart with the single “Runaway (U & I),” going double platinum. In 2017, Galantis’ sophomore album The Aviary debuted as a top 10 album in 23 countries including the number one record in Japan, as well as the number 1 dance album in 17 countries. The album amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide in its debut week. Galantis has solidified their place as a headliner at the biggest festivals in the world including Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza, V Festival, Coachella , SonneMondSterne and many more.
In 2017 LaFera began managing visionary singer, songwriter, producer and fashion icon Santigold.
As the founder of Skylight, a non-profit designed to instill hope and power in entrepreneurs; LaFera has designed mentorship programs, intern placement programs and a series of community-building gatherings.

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