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Matt’s mom claims that at two years-old he used to walk around singing the Michael Jackson lyrics, “I’m bad, I’m bad, I know it,” and that’s when she knew he was going to end up in the music business.
An avid sports fan and talented athlete as well, Matt was close to playing Major League Baseball until a shoulder injury sent him following his other passion, music. After starting out in management, he moved on to tour marketing and then quickly rose up the ranks to become a Product Manger at Fearless Records. Then Bright Antenna stalked him until he agreed to be their Product Manager.
In 2016 Matt became an integral part of the BA team. His coworkers feel certain he is the greatest VP of Marketing and Product Manager in the business. Matt’s colleague, Tiffanie DeBartolo had these kind words to share about Matt:
“Matt excels at so many aspects of his job, and I’d like to name a few of them: his attention to detail, his intelligence, his work ethic, his passion for the artists he works with, his respect for the artists he works with, and their respect for him. But most of all, Matt is a kind and fun person to be around, and if there is one trait we cultivate in our team at Bright Antenna, it is kindness. We’re as proud of that as we are our top-streaming singles. And Matt is a shining example of that.
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A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.