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6 Tips for Securing Music Rights

Manage your expectations. OK…so you’re in deep on your perfect project, and you’ve found the perfect track – it’s from Coldplay!  Stop immediately!  Managing your – or your clients – expectations is the most important first step!  Commercially released songs from recording artists can be wildly expensive to clear, if they’ll even clear at all.  Instead, we typically use reference tracks not synchronized to a project to gauge the overall […]

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Stephen Arnold SAM JAM 2019

Station Summit 2019 – SAM JAM and It Smells Like a Guitar Giveaway!

The annual Promax Station Summit is upon us, and Stephen Arnold Music (SAM) will be there with the best music in the local broadcast television industry. We hope to see you there. If you are attending the conference, then save this date: Thursday night, June 20th. That’s when we’ll be hosting our 9th annual “After Hours SAM JAM” featuring the versatile Byron Bordeaux and his band. This year we’re jammin’ […]

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur

In 2018, Augusta National Golf Club announced a partnership with NBC and Golf Channel to broadcast the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA). This event, taking place the week before The Masters Tournament, was established to inspire greater interest and participation in the women’s game of golf. Our team at Stephen Arnold Music was tasked with composing a theme for the tournament – not just for the inaugural year, but […]

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Sonic Branding Mistake

5 Biggest Sonic Branding Mistakes

Most of us know what big companies look like. They’ve spent millions of dollars on market research, focus groups, graphics designers, social media and televisions spots. Some of these companies are iconic brands: Apple, Microsoft, Intel, General Motors, Nike, etc. And they all feature highly refined logos and graphic consistency. But what do they sound like? Branding has been a hot concept for the past 20 years, but with the […]

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Watching 2019 Super Bowl Commercials

Did You “Hear” the Super Bowl?

OK, some say it was the worst Super Bowl of all time. Certainly, if you love a defensive struggle, the 2019 contest was fascinating. But the lack of scoring meant for few thrills for the casual football viewer. To make matters worse, the halftime show starring Maroon 5 with Travis Scott and Big Boi didn’t seem to inspire many kudos, either. Plus, the ratings for this contest were the lowest […]

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5 Ways Music Affects the Brain

Music is more than just something that’s nice to have on in the background. It has powerful, far-reaching impact on your brain, and helps drive much of your behavior. Take a look at these research examples and see if you can identify these reactions in yourself! 1. Music Triggers Emotions One of the first things that happens when music enters our brains is the triggering of pleasure centers that release […]

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6 Brand Benefits of Sonic Branding

It’s no longer effective to just depend on a logo or a graphic identity to solidly brand a product or service. Sound travels much faster than imagery to the brain, and is processed in the same structure where decisions are made. In fact, hearing a sound helps predict what we are going to see as a visual! “According to a report by Medical Daily, a new study from the Institute […]

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Wanna Play? Here’s The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To The Guitar

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to the Guitar Do you picture yourself as a rock star on stage shredding guitar solos like the greats, or just fancy playing around a campfire? Here at Stephen Arnold Music, we know there’s nothing more satisfying than creating music with your fingers. Naomi Wilson, a professional music teacher and experienced Guitarist, has created this comprehensive “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Learning the Guitar“. It’s a great […]

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Murrows Awards 2018

Stephen Arnold Music Red Carpet Sponsor at the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards

(Monday, October 22, 2018) Stephen Arnold Music recently attended the Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Journalism in New York City. As the red carpet sponsor, and true to SAM form, we gave away a beautiful Gretsch White Falcon acoustic guitar! An energetic and enthusiastic sold-out crowd of the nation’s top journalists packed historic Gotham Hall to celebrate the work of their colleagues across the country. In today’s political […]

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