MAM Family: Dan Yessian of Yessian Music
September 18, 2017

Growing up Armenian in Detroit wasn’t something Dan Yessian, founder of Yessian Music, thought much about. Hardly at all, in fact. “The only thing that was Armenian was the food,” jokes Dan. “And going occasionally to an Armenian dance, where we were encouraged to date Armenian girls.” Instead, Dan’s focus was keenly absorbed in Detroit’s […]

MAM Family: Andrew & Polly
May 8, 2017

How do you pivot from rushing to hit a client’s commercial music deadline to gleefully banging toy drums with giggling kids at a chocolate factory? Plus an Emmy nomination? Like many of you, Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall kicked off their careers in New York, composing music for advertising clients and scoring indie film projects. Polly eventually founded […]

Montreux Jazz Unveils Stunning Live Music Archive
September 20, 2016

There’s really nothing quite like live performances. The vibrant acoustics, an artist’s spontaneous interpretations on beloved standards, the audience swelling in response. Or the chance to discover new sounds, innovations and inspirations to tuck into your own musical pallet. The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the top places to do just that — a […]

YouTube Red: “Got Another $9.99?”
November 20, 2015

Looking to spend yet another $9.99 per month to listen to music? YouTube sure hopes so. On October 28, Google launched YouTube Red*, the newest must-have service in the already extensive and ever-growing list of music streaming apps. For $9.99 monthly, YouTube Red offers you three features: no ads, offline viewing, and “switching between apps […]

Berklee + Nielsen Report on Music Industry
August 26, 2015

According to the Nielsen’s Music 360 2014 study, (mostly free) online streaming is now the go-to format for music listeners. Per Nielsen’s 2014 data, 93% of surveyed Americans said they listened to music more than 25 hours per week, with 67% opting to stream, and only 5% paying for their music service. Of course, ‘free […]

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty into “Game of Thrones” here at MAM. Dragons, giants, rebellion – what’s not to love? Chris Martin of Coldplay feels the same way. He created “Game of Thrones: The Musical” in collaboration with NBC’s Red Nose Day. The 12-minute video features much of the main cast (appearing on the promise of free […]

Spotify Hits 20 Million Paid Users
July 27, 2015

Despite Taylor Swift and Jay Z’s best efforts, millions of new users are embracing Spotify. Based on recent reports, more artists could soon follow suit. But is Spotify’s rise based on fantasy or fact? Fact: The mammoth music-streaming service just announced that its 10 million paid subscribers (who took six years to accrue) doubled in a little less […]

Non-profit Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) was created in 2005 by artists wanting to cultivate potent activism, including the likes of Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and The Beastie Boys. Their mission: “A non-profit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.” RPM’s activist strategies cover a range of topics, from disaster relief to sustainability projects, artist labs to effective social […]

America Celebrated in Song per State
July 3, 2015

The Fourth of July is nearly here! With rainbows lighting up the White House last weekend and fireworks filling our skies this weekend, the mood at MAM is feeling pretty darn festive and patriotic toward our renewed independent mindset in America. We all know Independence Day is about more than colorful explosions; we gather together to celebrate our local traditions with barbecues, parades, picnics, and backyard parties. […]

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