MUSIC FOR THE MASSES OPENS FOR BUSINESS: NEW FIRM REPRESENTS MUSIC FOR PLACEMENT IN FILM, TV AND INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING.

Ex-Soundtrack Label Chief Julie D'Angelo Inks Music Rep Deals With Noted Indie Artists & Record Labels

HOLLYWOOD–Music For The Masses has launched operations, according to MFTM Founder Julie D'Angelo. MFTM represents music from independent artists and labels that seek placement in movies, television, interactive media, and commercials.

"I serve those artists who don't have a direct conduit to get their music in visual media," says D'Angelo.

Based in Hollywood, Music For The Masses has already signed several artists and record labels in a wide range of genres for worldwide music representation. MFTM's roster at rollout includes Grammy nominee Caravana Cubana, Mid-Atlantic rock legend Joe Grushecky, Modern Rock artist Jonny Polonsky, British folk icon Roy Harper, Texas guitar slinger (and former New Wave hero) Gary Myrick, '60s rocker and eclectic musician Ian Whitcomb, Pinch Hit Records (Gifthorse, Shapeshifter, Munkafust, The Tearaways), Multitask Records and Management (weaklazyliar, Paul Melancon, Underwater), singer/songwriters Wendie Colter, Renee Stahl and Teal Thompson, and a handful of composers. Additional signings will be announced over the next few months.

As the former Label General Manager for Rhino Movie Music division of Rhino Entertainment, D'Angelo brings a proven decade-long track record in film and TV music to Music For The Masses.

D'Angelo states, "My success representing an eclectic master recordings catalog and managing a soundtrack label [at Rhino] came because I had great music to work with and made myself immediately available and responsive to music decision-makers.

"The same principles apply to Music For The Masses," D'Angelo emphasizes. "Whether we're dealing with first-time directors seeking Internet licenses or studios seeking music for large budget features, I respond quickly and fairly, with great repertoire."

During her years as Rhino Movie Music's GM (1995-1999), D'Angelo oversaw A&R, production/mastering, marketing, and design for soundtracks, concept albums, and boxed sets. Her division was responsible for sales of more than 1.3 million records. She also garnered Rhino two Grammy nominations and one win (Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage). Prior to that, she served as Rhino Entertainment's Media Licensing Manager, pitching and administering more than 150 licensing requests per month.

Over the years, D'Angelo has developed a decidedly personal, hands-on style to music representation. She remains committed to that approach even as others rush to license music via the Internet.

"I'm a 'not-com,'" says D'Angelo. "Music placement is about relationships, personal service, and getting the right music intro the right hands. My roster is a very manageable size, so I can personally and properly represent each artist's repertoire."

Music For The Masses is headquartered in the heart of Hollywood's music and film district, 7510 Sunset Blvd., in Los Angeles, CA 90046. Office phone/fax is 323-857-1130; email is musicforthemasses@earthlink.net.

For further information or to arrange interviews with Julie D'Angelo and other MFTM players, contact CineMedia Promotions, 212-533-6864 or cinemdia@aol.com.