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 […]

SESAC Acquires Harry Fox
July 16, 2015

We didn’t see it coming either! In one fell swoop, SESAC spanked its PRO siblings in the race toward digital streaming relevancy by scooping up mechanical licensing clearinghouse Harry Fox (HRA). Thanks to its for-profit status (freeing it from Federal requirements faced by non-profit PROs ASCAP and BMI), SESAC’s ability to deal directly with NMPA’s […]

In a theme reminiscent of P&G’s hit ad “Best Job“, MassiveMusic New York was recently commissioned by P&G’s Pampers to revise the classic lullaby “Hush, Little Baby” to highlight the immaterial gifts a child can receive from its community before it’s even aware. Massive’s new lyrics are sung in a hushed whisper, transforming the familiar tune and format with modern concepts. (Did anyone ever actually give kids mocking birds […]

The Pirate Bay Hydra
July 9, 2015

Woe, The tragic tale of The Pirate Bay. How yee online pirates hae mirthlessly plundered for years the once-bonny seas of the music world. The federal floggings have proved futile; you’re like a hydra — cut off yer head, and dashed if several more grow back. Scoundrels. The final of the four founders (Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, and financier Carl Lundström) first indicted in 2006 […]

Composer Jason Staczek recently teamed up with filmmaker Brett Gaylor, Upian, the National Film Board of Canada, Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, CBC/Radio-Canada to create the music for “Do Not Track”, a documentary short film series investigating the impacts and extent of the new culture of blind data sharing, privacy, and web economy. “I wrote and recorded the […]

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. […]

EMI Pirates Foreign Royalties from Duke Ellington
June 30, 2015

While streaming brands tinker with the royalty penny slots, EMI Music has been playing high-stakes poker with marked cards on the likes of legendary Duke Ellington and other vintage song catalogs oversees. Unfortunately, the courts keep siding with EMI. Duke Ellington’s grandson and heir, Paul Ellington, recently sued the record label for double-dipping into his […]

Naren Rauch Scores New Edge for Samsung
June 25, 2015

MAM Fam member Naren Rauch recently set the musical backdrop for 15 short videos showcasing Samsung’s latest phone: the Galaxy Edge S6. By hovering your mouse over the sleek website’s pics, videos play describing the S6’s features, with each video set to Naren’s clever musical theme. “The Samsung project was fun and a bit different than a traditional ad spot,” says […]

Donald Trump announced his bid for the U.S. Presidency last Tuesday in a speech that left many cringing with raised eyebrows, including assertions about Mexico, the Middle East, China and Japan (he later cried ‘sorry not sorry‘ on Twitter). Yet his biggest faux pas turned out to be his choice of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” for his big […]

Apple Music Dances with Swift’s Hot Moves
June 23, 2015

One week from its big music streaming homecoming, Apple Music is floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee, and suddenly contender for ‘belle of the ball’. On Sunday, the mighty Taylor Swift called out the world’s richest tech company for trying to skip out on paying artists and publishers during Apple Music’s initial 3-month […]