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Marmoset's Music Community Education Event One Week Away

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Design Week Portland is approaching quickly, which means we’re only a week away from opening our doors and kicking off the first Community Education Event of the year.

The event Sound Perspectives (learn more here), brings together a panel of industry experienced music supervisors and an audience full with musicians, filmmakers and creatives into one room. The discussion will revolve around the art of music placement in media, the panelists sharing their insider knowledge and experiences with those participating on this special evening.

Still need to RSVP? We got you covered. Head over to the Design Week Portland site to get moving — and don’t forget to peruse the rest of the week’s lineup.

Teaming up with Music Supervisor Experts for Design Week

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There's an art in getting people to pay attention. Whether this be getting audiences captivated by your film trailer or the brand campaign you’re crossing your fingers in hopes it’ll go viral.

For music supervisors, they understand there’s a strategic technique in getting content noticed — it’s part of their jobs when it comes to placing compelling music to picture. But every wonder how they approach searching for and licensing the music they find for film, TV and other media? There’s a story or two (or three) behind it.

Join us at Marmoset headquarters for this Design Week Portland special event where three industry Supervisors take us through the intricacies of placing music and how they connect & support their music community. 

Sound Perspectives: the Art of Music Placement takes place on Wednesday, April 10th at Marmoset Headquarters. 

Doors at 5:30pm

Event begins at 6:30pm

Space is limited — RSVP below before it's too late


About the panel

Morgan Rhodes is an LA-based music supervisor who is known for her work on projects such as Selma, Queen Sugar, and Dear White People which has allowed her to collaborate with filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Simien. Since the early days of cutting her teeth as an on-air personality at influential independent radio station KCRW, Morgan has spent the last several years as a music programmer with shows on Philadelphia’s WURD 900AM and LA’s KPFK. Her blend of avant-garde R&B, left-field soul, electropop, beats, dance and world music has won listeners both domestically and globally.

Brooke Wentz is CEO and co-founder of the new international music discovery site Seven Seas Music.  As the former Music Director of ESPN she founded the music supervision and licensing firm The Rights Workshop. She has authored numerous articles about music and published the book Hey, That’s My Music!: Music Supervision, Licensing and Content Acquisition and most recently Music Rights Unveiled. She is a Billboard Award winning producer for one of the best selling world music recordings, and a former NYC radio host. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Business School, Brooke resides in her native city, San Francisco.

Megan Barbour is a music supervisor at Buddha Jones in Hollywood CA. For the past four and a half years she has worked on numerous theatrical, broadcast, and video game trailer marketing campaigns for major studios including HBO, Netflix, Paramount, Amazon, Focus, and Warner Brothers. She is honored to be a part of the amazing Buddha Jones team.

You Voted, We Donated: 3 Non-Profits to Know

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Recently Marmoset asked the community what organizations we should give a bit more to attention to and the message was heard loud and clear. Here are the three non-profits we’re doing a bit more for this year — and here’s why you should also care about each one.

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Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls empowers girls through a creative environment, where attendees can experiment with music and art, building confidence through performance and collaboration.

Marmoset has partnered with Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for a consecutive amount of years and for good reason: music is our purpose and we believe in the cultivation of a more inclusive and diversified future for the music industry.

Donating to the organization doesn’t stop at making the camp’s program even more accessible and dynamic every year, it casts a wide net over their provisions — like how donations provide tuition assistance for campers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial burden. Then there’s the cost of instruments, gear, venue spaces, materials for their immersive workshops, food and provisions for volunteers and interns.

Since starting the camp 18 years ago, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp has served over 3,000 girls and gender expansive youth in Portland. Zooming out to look at the bigger picture, each camper takes those lessons and experiences back with her, contributing to a better and brighter future for music and her community.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $320

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The Salvation Army does a lot and we’re willing to bet you’ve heard of them too. Since they have such a global presence and far reaching influence, we wanted to offer support on something closer to home — to their Care for Camp chapter.

Care for Camp provides assistance to the Del Oro region, covering Northern California and Norther Nevada. Subsidizing the group means supporting their team as they tackle natural disasters, while also going toward their on boarding program, food and resources, rent + utility assistance, shelter, rehabilitation, transitional housing, plus youth and senior programs. It’s a bit of everything that can help a community recover, flourish and thrive.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $340

IRCO is that kind of like that overachieving kid you knew in high school who played every sport while still acing all their AP classes. The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization supports immigrants and refugees from all over the globe, providing a limitless amount of resources when coming to a new country.

From educational programming, employment and training, language to legal services, IRCO covers all facets of living. But they go beyond just the necessities, they focus on building community within their organization, facilitating a habitat for celebrating one’s culture. IRCO realizes the importance in creating a shared and safe space for individuals, allowing them to connect with others who share similar experiences and backgrounds — allowing people to proudly continue carrying their stories and cultural inheritances.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $1,260


Behind the Music Service: Customizing a Song from Start to Finish

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Ever find a song that sounds perfect on first listen — only to discover after pairing to picture how it's not quite hitting the cuts on cue? Don’t worry, that’s something the art of customization can help you fix.

Apart from partnering with and collaborating with our talented roster of artists, we also dabble in creating original music in-house for feature films, creative campaigns and more. Need sound design, customization or an original score? Nothing makes us happier than jumping into the studio to bring our clients’ creative vision to life (in an audible medium of course, wink).

While you may already be familiar with what scoring music entails, customization may not be as comprehensible to some. So we sat down to chat and learn more from our in-house Creative Music Editor & Composer, Greg Jong.

Find out what it takes to customize a song from start to finish — click play for a behind the service customization breakdown!

Say Hey to Jené and Diana: Talking Diversity and DJing with Noche Libre

Creative Music Coordinators, Jené Etheridge and Diana Suarez — photography by    Kale Chesney

Creative Music Coordinators, Jené Etheridge and Diana Suarez — photography by Kale Chesney

Jené Etheridge and Diana Suarez are two of Marmoset’s Creative Music Coordinators by day, swooping in to support clients with music searches and clearances for every kind of project under the sun. By night, the two host one of the most buzz-worthy dance nights in Portland —Noche Libre.

Assembled of Jené, Diana and six other DJs, the Latinx collective’s mission challenges Portland’s mainstream nightlife scene, where typically only a small demographic is made to feel seen, welcome and safe. Instead Noche Libre cultivates community, creating space for Black, Brown and Indigenous groups.

Illustration by Noche Libre collective member,    Yuriko Xolotl

Illustration by Noche Libre collective member, Yuriko Xolotl

Spinning everything from cumbia and quebradita to dancehall and perreo, the inclusivity starts with the collective’s music selection. “We’re not super genre specific,” says Jené. “We definitely have a vibe but we’ll still play hip hop and a lot of different genres, there’s really something for everyone.”

It’s a reflection of their own musical tastes, everything they enjoy jamming to while also encompassing and honoring their Latin heritage and upbringings.

“I think what's really cool about something like Noche Libre is it’s just part of Latin culture — to get together and listen to music with your family and friends,” says Diana. “I really feel like it just feels like family get-togethers, everybody's just here for each other and here for a good time.”

The importance of Noche Libre’s presence — other than hearing mixes en fuego — is its movement toward building opportunities and spaces for artists of color within the music industry. With Jené leading Marmoset’s internal Diversity & Inclusion Team and Diana supporting the team’s overarching initiatives, their mission is to disrupt problematic systems to pave way for new processes.

From redefining how composers are brought onto creative projects to integrating diversity focused mixers into marketing trips — the team leads objectives that not merely benefit the underrepresented, but the entire company. It’s endless work, but indicative of genuine desire for positive change within an industry that upholds barriers for those who are non-binary or people of color.

Jené and Diana daily facilitate interpersonal conversations with other teams, including music producers and members of leadership (among community leaders). There’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s mindful development toward progression.

A floral shrine created by Diana (IG photo credit: @    stoneanvil     )

A floral shrine created by Diana (IG photo credit: @stoneanvil)

When not attending workshops and programs like Partners in Diversity’s Say Hey night or DJing around town as Noche Libre, Jené and Diana keep busy with their side creative missions. Diana being an experienced florist, she’s responsible for cultivating Y La Bamba and Sávila’s dreamy stage designs — the floral arrangements while laborious, only add to the feat of strength that both Latin American musical groups deliver through their performances. You can also catch Jené co-hosting Everyday Mixtapes on XRAY.FM every Saturday night from 5:00-6:00PM (PDT) — listeners will be pulled in with a mix of throwbacks from R&B, hip hop to funk and vintage gems.

So if passing through Portland and catching Noche Libre in action, what can one expect when out on the dance floor?

“We find a way to fit it altogether. Like I’ll play an Asian psych song and then a chicha song, which leads to a cumbia song,” says Diana. “Because we’re all so different and made up of so many different experiences, that’s what makes it interesting.”

Part of Noche Libre’s mission statement is “to celebrate our family’s roots and rituals by carrying on the tradition of puro pinche pari” — it’s an embodiment of finding strength in identity and to not only live in it, but to celebrate it.