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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.

Jumping Up and Down with Freedust's New Music Video

Jump Up and Down” by Freedust beams confidence with its hybrid of jazz, swing and pop and contagiously upbeat rhythmic qualities. If possible to visualize the music notes radiating beyond the beats, the music group delivers exactly what we were imagining — pulsating creativity, the music video packs a punch with colorful stop motion graphics, moving illustrations and of course a dance routine that makes us want to jump up, down, and all around.

Check out more of Freedust’s music here and get your Friday started by clicking play.

Music Video Credits: Director / Producer - Stefano Ottaviano, Lead Design - Animation Martina Savoldelli, Design - Aria Ngimbi, Giulia Flamini, Stop Motion Animator - Dele Nuga, Virginia Fonderico, Stop Motion Dop - Efe Onikinci, Live Action Dop - Vlad Jako, Color grade - Nicola Bruno

Posted on January 11, 2019 and filed under Marmoset, Music, Filmmaking, Artist Spotlights, Shared Work, Music Licensing.

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.

Reinventing a Classic, Marmoset’s Original Music Team Goes Metal


What do Rick Astley, Britney Spears, The B-52’s and Johnny Cash have in common? They’ve all been masterfully parodied and recreated by Marmoset’s in-house composers, Greg Jong and Graham Barton.

Throughout the winter season many of us find a warm familiarity in classics like Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow” or the baritone of Bing Crosby’s vocals. It’s all very soothing, traditional and well, nice.

Getting into the holiday spirit, Marmoset’s Original Music Team took on the challenge of reinventing a classic for kicks; a song to evoke an energetic physical reaction that can best be defined as raging out — to compliment and balance the softer side of the holidays, of course. A musical creation that would be something for everyone, from caroler devotees to metal enthusiasts.

Using a very basic template structure, the Original Music Team brought to life six song variations, all wildly different yet recognizable in their individual style. After a few intense studio hours, the team created genre-spanning versions of the old favorite “Deck the Halls”— it included channeling folk rock legend Johnny Cash and pop sensation Britney Spears. The ultimate final version entailed a mashup with a traditional choir structure intercutting with themes of metal.

Spearheaded by Marmoset’s in-house Original Music Team, the song illustrates how something can be deconstructed and then musically reinvented to be drastically different — all while following the exact same chordal structure and tempo.

Leading up to the new year we’ll be releasing each entertaining variation on Instagram (stay tuned). In the meantime, please enjoy our Original Music Team’s metal version — we recommend peeking at the before template to get the gist of just what they were working with before composing the metal version. Enjoy and happy holidays!



Posted on December 19, 2018 and filed under Marmoset, Spotlight: Marmoset, Music.