Posts tagged #TEDxConcordiaUPortland

Marmoset Co-Founder Brian Hall to Speak at CreativeMornings (RSVP HERE)

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There's never a bad time for inspiration, especially when it takes place during breakfast.

On Friday, November 14 at 8:30AM our Creative Director + Composer, Brian Hall will be taking the stage at Mississippi Studios to speak about his participation in the music licensing world. In part of CreativeMornings, an ongoing international series of AM talks for creatives, Hall will take his turn in the spotlight and draw from personal experience to share some insight into his life as a custom composer for film.

Opening the event will be Marmoset band Alameda performing a live soundtrack to a series of films.

This exciting event is free and accessible for all who are interested in sharing good company and coffee.

This event is officially sold-out and there is now a waitlist, so please RSVP if you're interested in attending.

Demystifying Music Licensing for Blue Collar Musicians

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In this modern landscape of the music industry, the role of music licensing has become one of the most important avenues of income for blue collar, working musicians.

On Wednesday, July 9, Marmoset will bring together a group of talented and experienced creatives to have an open conversation and help break down and demystify the fog and complexities of music licensing and what it means for you, the working artist.

We're ditching industry jargon and insider talk for an honest, transparent conversation. We'll break down the process and decision making that goes into licensing your music to film. We'll show some examples, take you through the process and help explain why decisions are made, what music works best, and the nuances behind the scenes. 

The discussion is taking place at our Headquarters - 2105 SE 7th Avenue, Portland OR 97214. Doors are at 5:30.

The event is currently filled and we're no longer accepting RSVP's. Please check back in or sign up for our newsletter to find out about our upcoming events. Thanks so much.


Let's meet the speakers...

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Ron Lewis is a Music Supervisor at Marmoset who's worked on a ton of independent films, commercials and ads. He's also experienced time in the field as a touring and recording musician with the likes of The Shins, Fruit Bats and Grand Archives.




Joe Simon is an acclaimed Austin-based filmmaker who's traveled the world, capturing stories with his striking documentaries. Winning multiple Telly Awards and a place on Event DV's Top 25 list, he's become one the most innovative voices in the industry today.


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Johnny Clay is a composer whom has built up a incredible resume of scoring for ads, film and reality TV, leading him to been able to quit his day job and pursue a full time career in music.  He's a wonderful case study of a Pacific Northwest blue collar musician success.




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Leading the event is our fearless leader, Marmoset Co-Founder Ryan Wines, bringing a wealth of working knowledge in the music licensing industry as a label owner, band manager and creative director.  Ryan co-pilots Marmoset’s creative teams, overseeing all music licensing and original music projects. He also recently gave a TED Talk on fostering creative culture and creativity


The Golden Rule 2.0 // Fostering A Healthy, Creative Culture

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Recently our Leader and Co-Founder Ryan Wines took the TEDx stage, speaking candidly in front a packed house of more than 700 at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, sharing his ideas about on the grind-it-out nature of the Creative Industry

Who knew there's a 30% annual turnover rate in the Creative Industry? Apparently, it's second only to the Hospitality & Tourism. 

Why do creatives get so burnt out so often? And how do we address this issue?

Wines articulately paints the landscape of the Creative Industry, offering ideas on fostering an innovative, healthy culture that supports creatives and focuses on their core human needs. At 14:23, he boils everything down to his new take on The Golden Rule. Check out the talk for yourself.

Music + People Matter // Why We Do What We Do

Just recently, our co-director Ryan Wines was tapped on the shoulder by the folks at TEDxConcordiaUPortland to take a turn at dropping some knowledge on May 3rd (Check out the announcement HERE). Moving forward with this incredible opportunity, it helps us step back and reflect on what we’re doing and why we do it.

Music and art matter, and so do the people that create and work to support it.

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It's a fact that we spend more of our waking hours at work than we do at home with loved ones. With that said, we feel our time spent needs to be spent for something pretty damn important. Moreover, our lense requires meaning, purpose and a passion that is much bigger than we are. And so, it is with great pride that we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in an evolving story of a thriving and sustainable industry and community, as we know it.

Not only are we wanting to help musicians make a career from their art, we also want to shift how we work on a day to day level. In our short time in existence as an organization, our small and incredible team have been working tirelessly in elevating our independent musical landscape; It’s only fair that we work as hard as the artists we work with.

We're driven and motivated by the spirit of collaboration. Whether by seeing music transform film, or witnessing artists helping other artists, we continue on with our work, learning and advocating for independent music, filmmaking and each other. We feel like we’re participating in something more expansive; not just a movement of industry, but a movement of communication, community and culture.