Category Archives: Rick Goetz

The newer role of managers

David Bason is a manager at the MGMT Company, a Los Angeles-based music management company whose clients include Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Bravery, The Airborne Toxic Event, Andrew W.K., Audra Mae, Atomic Tom and The Constellations. David got his start in the music industry when, after earning a philosophy degree, he took a one-year music industry college program in Toronto. An internship eventually led him to RCA Records in New York City, where he transitioned into a full-time job working in the A&R Department from 1997-2000. While at RCA, he was credited with delivering The Strokes to the label and worked on several multi-platinum releases. David then accepted a position running the publishing company at Roadrunner Records for three years until he switched over to their A&R department for an additional four. He made records with major bands such as The Cult, the New York Dolls and The Dresden Dolls/Amanda Palmer before going out on his own as a manager, then eventually joining the MGMT team. Continue reading

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Making a Living With Audio Post Production

Stuart Kollmorgen is the co-founder of Big Yellow Duck, an audio post production facility located in New York City.  He is an experienced composer who attended Berklee College of Music.  Stuart got his start in the performance arena, playing in several bands in Boston and New York City before developing an interest in television, advertising and film music, a major area of professional focus for him for the past two decades. He has composed the score for the Playhouse Disney children’s shows Stanley and JoJo’s Circu and Johnny and the Sprites and is currently working on a third season of Imagination Movers. He has also worked on several Discovery Kids shows and recently finished up a season of the Chorion animated series Gaspard and Lisa, based on the popular children’s books by Anne Gutman. With Big Yellow Duck, he has done soups-to-nuts audio and music production work on The History Channel program Battles B.C. as well as the Discovery Channel hit Tyrannosaurus Sex. Continue reading

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A modern hip hop marketing story

Alex Stern is the manager of up-and-coming DIY rap artist Sam Adams and owner of the flourishing clothing company Eighties Babies USA. Originally from Massachusetts, Alex launched his clothing company while he was attending the University of Colorado as a studio art/graphic design major and began to focus on promoting his brand successfully through social media and networking. While at Boulder, he also decided to combine his love for Hip Hop with his marketing and business savvy and team up with Sam Adams, who had been his best friend since high school, to help him build his music career. Within months, Alex, Sam and his hoards of loyal fans were able to bring Sam from a freestyle rapper making music in his dorm room to an internet sensation and a touring artist with a #1 album, Boston’s Boy, on the iTunes Hip Hop chart.


I had the chance to talk to Alex about what drew him to Sam Adams, why he has been so successful at harnessing the power of internet marketing to promote his brands and how he plans to help Sam further his Hip Hop career in the modern music industry. Continue reading

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More About Music and Brand Integration

Marcie Allen is the president and founder of MAC Presents, a sponsorship and fulfillment company that specializes in aligning brands with music.  Prior to founding MAC Marcie was a marketing director for Cellar Door Concerts, worked at William Morris Endeavor and owned a successful booking and events company.  Recently Marcie became a Billboard Women in Music honoree. Continue reading

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Modern Music Management

Tom Sarig is a well known and highly respected music and media executive who owns and runs a NYC-based talent management and consulting company called Esther Creative Group.  ECG manages the careers of Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Gaslight Anthem, Blonde Redhead, She Wants Revenge, and Le Tigre among others.  Tom started his career in music by leaving a promising career in international tax consulting at Deloite and Touche and starting over in the mailroom at A&M Records in 1990.  After a short stint at A&M Tom found his way into the A&R department at Arista Records as an assistant and then as an A&R Rep, and then went on to be the first A&R executive hired at TVT Records.  While serving as Head Of A&R at TVT Records, Tom worked with everyone from Sevendust to Gil Scott-Heron to Underworld to Gravity Kills to Ministry and even originally signed Ja Rule.  He would later leave TVT for a position as VP of A&R for MCA Records in Los Angeles where he worked with The Roots, Mos Def, New Found Glory and Blink 182 and signed acts like DJ Shadow, Imogen Heap and Blackalicious.  After MCA was folded in to Geffen / Interscope in 2003, Tom started his management company – Esther Creative Group. Continue reading

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