Seymour Stein to Keynote Tel Aviv Event, Says He'd 'Love to Sign Another Israeli Act'

Seymour Stein accepting the Icon Award during the CBGB Music & Film Fest at The Bowery Hotel on Oct. 8, 2013 in New York City. 

 

 

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Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones, Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv, an annual conference for the music industry in Israel.

Tune In Tel Aviv is billed as Israel's international music industry conference, and takes place Nov. 19-23. Over 50 local artists will be showcased for global bookers, agents and labels. In addition to handling keynote duties, Stein hopes to find a new artist to sign.

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Stein told the Jerusalem Post that he's been hearing about "all the fantastic music coming out of Israel these past years; and I truly look forward to seeing for myself the best artists which [Israel] has to offer. I would love to sign another Israeli act."

The Brooklyn native's long and distinguished list of signees over the years -- Depeche Mode, Madonnathe Smiths, the Pretenders, etc. -- includes the late Israeli singer Ofra Haza.

Stein got his start in his teens with a job at Billboard magazine. After helping to conceive the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the late-1950s, he went on to co-found Sire Records and over the years developed/signed/championed some of most important artists of the 20th century. Stein was the first recipient of the Billboard Icon Award in 2012.