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Journey of the Marmoset Dollar


If growing up in the era of strip malls, one may recall those plastic funnel donation “wells” where someone tosses in a coin, watching as it gracefully spins multiple laps until spiraling to the bottom. But what exactly was the coin’s final destination, the overarching impact of these donations?

To know where one’s money is going — where it actually ends up — is the ultimate consumer superpower. Digging deeper into what a business stands for, a purchase could mean casting a vote, exercising a voice to advocate for change, positivity — or the opposite in a lot of cases. For example, buying an outfit at Wildfang not only supports their day to day operation costs, it contributes to their $400K giving to organizations like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, RAICES (and many others).

This is the type of transparency Marmoset is all about, because licensing a song for your video or hiring us to compose original music doesn’t mean just paying for the music itself, it’s a contribution to the community. It means supporting real working musicians, filmmakers and artists while advocating for the nonprofits we partner with, admire and support.

And so, we’d like to share with you the journey of a dollar at Marmoset. It’s a journey we’re proud to be living — it means staying connected through art, music, compassion and creativity. It’s the kind of journey we’re proud to keep going.

Doing Great Things in 2019


A new year, a new start.

But first, let’s take one last long hard look back to 2018 (and every other year leading up to it) where Marmoset has donated 10% of the largest license for each month to the non-profits and organizations we’ve partnered with — groups such as My Voice My Music, KairosPDX, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls are making a difference with their platforms, cultivating environments that positively impact, influence and strengthen their communities.

And so we capped off the year proud to be involved with so many amazing groups doing spectacular work for social justice, education, the environment… and the list goes on.

While a drum roll isn’t really required, we are a music agency after all so…

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The total number of donations Marmoset put forth into the community in 2018 alone comes to a grand total of $69,154. This number isn’t just about donations, it’s about seeing the good it impacts — the hardworking people behind each organization on the other end, it’s about realizing we’re all connected in this short-lived but amazing game of life and why not do what we can to help where we can?

Leading up to the close of 2018, we appreciated being in a position that granted us this privilege of partaking in this journey alongside our community. If anything, the caring nature extends deep to the core of who we are, Marmoset employees individually adopting three families through The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO).

Lastly, we were overjoyed to support Kairos in crossing their ‘donation matching’ finish line. With the education non-profit reaching 10k in donations just in December, we proudly matched this number, getting them to the 20k mark. Through the Willamette Week Give!Guide initiative, Kairos finished strong at generating $26,301 in total donations.

And with this, we’re amped up, ready for more. Ready to roll up our sleeves for another year of giving back.

Posted on January 8, 2019 and filed under Community, Marmoset, Music.

We Support Community

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A creative music agency, Marmoset’s collection of music spans across every genre imaginable, from hip hop to orchestral instrumentals, psychedelic cumbia to nostalgic r&b. Since the first moment we opened our doors, our purpose steadfastly remains in community — sharing in our values, our passion and dedication toward art. It means celebrating each artists’ uniqueness, the differences that defines us as individuals and the creation of remarkable music.

As we continue to flourish, to grow and evolve, we warmly welcome artists, clients, creative collaborators, community organizers of all walks of life — because we believe in the power of inclusivity. We champion for artists of all different kinds, types, expressions and backgrounds — especially those who’ve traditionally been held down, marginalized, exploited or viewed as an underdog within the music industry.

Empowering one another, listening to the stories of struggles and success that’s made us who we are, and never hesitating to lift one another up through positivity — this is what the Marmoset community is all about.

Posted on January 4, 2019 and filed under Community, Music, Marmoset, Spotlight: Marmoset.

Original Music and Filmmaking Come Together for A/VEC 5

Filmmaking and original musical composition are two creative worlds that intermix every day at Marmoset.


With every notable film throughout history in the accompaniment of an outstanding soundtrack (or even sound design), we recognize this creative friendship, coming together as a community to celebrate Marmoset’s fifth installment of A/VEC. This year we brought together two talented artists, filmmaker Claudia Meza and Luz Mendoza of Y La Bamba.

Meza’s background in documentary filmmaking, her roots rest firmly in music. It was in this medium where Meza found another calling and natural obsession for video production. After working alongside She Shreds magazine, Meza began shooting content on the fly, naturally falling in tune with documentary style filmmaking.

Gathered at Marmoset headquarters, the short film shines a light on the unseen, backbreaking physical labor performed by migrant workers every day in the United States. It's a poetic testimonial transcending the general outlook of immigration, presenting an experimental yet informative documentary that never compromises identities.

“Trabajo pesado, what that means is hard work, it means heavy work,” says Meza. “And whenever your parents tell you to study, or tell you what they're doing for you so you don’t have to do — Trabajo pesado.”

The audio heartbeat of the film is within Y La Bamba's original music created just for this special event and scored live on the night of the A/VEC community screening; the purple light that cascades over Mendoza and her band is emotively symbolic of America’s aching, turbulent grasp of its immigrant issue. It’s an evening that pays homage to lineage, history, roots, culture and art — click PLAY on the video above to experience it yourself.

Migrant workers depicted in Director Claudia Meza’s A/VEC short film — premiered at Marmoset Headquarters.

Migrant workers depicted in Director Claudia Meza’s A/VEC short film — premiered at Marmoset Headquarters.

Posted on December 12, 2018 and filed under Community, Marmoset, Music, Shared Work, Spotlight: Marmoset, Filmmaking.

Crossing that Finish Line, the Kairos Way

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The first week of December can feel like settling at the mark of the starting line, waiting to sprint into action toward endless holiday to-do tasks and of course, spirited festivities (ya know, the good stuff). It truly can be a consuming season, engulfed in consumerism and materialism.

But of course, there’s always a redeeming silver lining to it all. In this case, it’s the ongoing Give!Guide donation movement that focuses on giving back — any and every donation of every size is welcome and warmly accepted. It’s a movement geared toward the upcoming generation, givers under 35, providing perks here and there through the event’s Big Give Days. What exactly are Big Give Days?

When donating just $10 (the minimum) on the organization’s specified days (big days), the donator is entered to win a notable prize — and since Give!Guide is wrapping at the end of the month, the Big Give Days are running out. That means, time’s running out to get in there and make things happen.

If not already familiar with Kairos, the education non-profit changing making waves in the Portland community, we’ve partnered with them to match every donation up to $10,000. And standing at $8,780, they’re so close to reaching that middle tier goal — we want to help them get there and then beyond.

And since today happens to be one of their Big Give Days, we think you’d like to know giving means receiving too. So hit pause and if you happen to have $10 to spare, we know of a place that does big things even with the smallest of donations.

Posted on December 6, 2018 and filed under Community, Marmoset, Music.

Giving Tuesday: Jam Out While Giving Back

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A creative music agency with our roots in community, Marmoset is always on the go when it comes to partnering with impactful organizations — aligning our passion for music and the arts with everyone we meet.

If you’ve been following our latest journey with Give!Guide and our partnership with KairosPDX, you’ll know November has full of advocating for all good things (just as a reminder, we’re matching every donation up to 10k to help Kairos reach their 25k goal before January — learn how you can help them get there). The donating extravaganza is all part of Give!Guide’s mission in promoting the act of giving as both rewarding but more importantly, totally accessible; it doesn’t matter one’s age or financial status, the act of giving bypasses the quantifiable measurement of the actual donation. It all matters.

With these non-profits aligning with a new generation of givers, new opportunities to play an active role within the community arise ; there’s a cultivating of motivation, planting the seeds for future social care and attention. It’s truly a nurturing avenue reminding everyone of their responsibility to their “neighbor,” a reminder we’re all this together.

So on November 27th, Giving Tuesday, the global recognized day of giving, Marmoset is reinforcing the long-lasting value in what Kairos does every day: fostering an environment where marginalized groups can receive an outstanding education, to then go out and apply such principles to the outside world. Kairos is a non-profit normalizing the access to quality educational resources and diminishing inequity in the process; their impact doesn’t stop during school hours, it’s far reaching, offering up after school programs helping kids tap into their creative potential — “After Care” being one of the more recent programs that wrapped recently.

The program offered first graders to third graders an opportunity to create original beats and rhymes, producing and recording a collection of music. The result is a compilation of music overflowing with playful, uninhibited ingenuity. We think you should check it out for yourself.

On this Giving Tuesday, we know you’ll already by thinking of ways to give. We hope you’ll check out the Give!Guide page and donate to a cause that speaks to you and what you hold dear.

Posted on November 27, 2018 and filed under Community, Music, Marmoset, Spotlight: Marmoset.