Music Entertainment

Clay Hutson – Designer. Manager. Innovator.

When Clay Hutson graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Technical Production, he wouldn’t have believed if you told him that he would go on to work the biggest names in music during his career. He’s had a chance to work with bonafide rock stars like Guns and Roses, Prince, Kid Rock, and Pink.


He followed up his graduation with a masters in business administration from the University of Michigan and has held a variety of roles in the music industry as a tour manager, tour operator, production manager and even rose to the rank vice president of production at Ronin Event Creative since 2001.


With nearly three decades of experience, he’s learned quite a bit thanks to the various positions he has held. He believes that these positions have helped him, each in their own unique way to mould his perception of what is required to get the result he wants. Clay Hutson, who wakes up at 6:30 seldom sits idly, he is working every waking moment, even when he has to travel, he’s already planning his entire day, to the most minute detail. His work ethic has made him a sought-after producer and designer for live tours that he manages.


With the technological improvements allowing to introduce more dramatic elements in stage design, Clay Hutson is excited to see what he can do next with the ever-evolving technology. He knows the importance of constant upgrade and knows that if you stay in the same spot for too long in the industry, you’ll become obsolete. He’s appreciative of the improvement in many factors of technology like with lights, which are still as big and bright as ever but has reduced a lot of its weight, allowing it to be moved from place to place a lot more easily.


Clay Hutson’s creativity is of paramount importance to what he brings to the table, his vivid imagination allows him to see the stage and shows happening, allowing him to use computer software like CAD to bring them to life. Everything from lighting, to stage design and prop placement, is thought of before he sits in front of a computer.


With his experience and work ethic, it was no surprise when hit pop star Halsey announced she would be availing the services of Clay Hutson to manage her international tour where she will be performing in a variety of venues.

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Clay Hutson as he is usually referred to, is a graduate of the Central Michigan University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in technical production and theatre design. He attended the Michigan University school of business where he graduated with a masters degree in business administration. Hutson is a production and live events manager of his own company. He previously worked for the Getagrip touring holding the position of production manager. The VP’s seat was his next post at Ronin event. He held this since 2001, doing the same thing, production. At some point in his career, he worked with Kanye West as his stage manager.


Hutson has been successful because he always strives to listen to the artists that he works with and also wants to give his audience the best experience. He dreams of the day live entertainment will be able to excite the audience without incorporating the huge video screens. Hutson is excited about the technology advancement in the entertainment industry. The technology has since advanced and brings up a twist in the production of live music entertainment.


Hutson came up with this idea of starting his own company after a few years in the industry. He had extensive experience with live production, entertainment, and tours. The skills that he had acquired enabled him to work with all the areas of live shows. Hutson makes the most out of the IT department by working on the ground with his staff, assigning work that is to be done before and after an event.


Hutson’s day starts off with him arriving at the event venue on most days. This enables him to plan his tasks in order of priority and to put his schedule in place. Hutson also gets the opportunity to look into fine details of the performance of his staff way before the event starts. He knows that sometimes the experience of a person you intend to hire is more important than their appearance since it guarantees competency. Hutson knows that with passion and talent, one can be easily trained to work in the industry. He doesn’t believe that a person has to be perfect and low-key in a company just so that he can get along with the management. Learn more: