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Art & Life with Hannah Madison Taylor aka HMT

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Madison Taylor aka HMT.

Hannah began her career songwriting/producing music for an ad agency while she was in college. She has written, sung on, produced and worked in creative licensing on numerous projects for Sony/ATV, MTV, VH1, NBC, ABC, FOX, Secret Road, Universal Music Group, Big Deal Music Group, and Warner Music Group to name a few. Additionally, Hannah worked as a Music Supervisor for Tello Films, alongside Wendy Levy, who worked in clearance and licensing with David Powell (The Music Bridge).

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am in A&R| Creative Licensing, as well as being a project-based producer/songwriter for film/tv and artists. How I create and approach each project is as individual as the companies and artists I work with. When I’ve got the A&R| Creative Licensing hat on, that can entail everything from helping an artist or publishing company with their catalog to decide on what songs to release; And it almost always involves brand development and marketing of the artist or catalog once those decisions are made. With each project, I feel like I’ve been given this gift of just coloring in an already amazing sketch, and it’s so incredibly exciting to me. When I’m writing/producing, it is a similar approach. I always try to make sure that the network or artist has what THEY need and what will help them achieve their ultimate dreams and goals. I’m a big believer in the idea that as we help someone else with making their dreams come true, we, in turn, receive the same help. The core of what I want to do in this business is to help inspire those types of symbiotic relationships within the entertainment business.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I think a business approach to a creative career is very important. Your creation or artistry needs both an organization and an outlet just like any other business. A practical business approach doesn’t inhibit creativity-it creates further opportunities that are both creatively fulfilling as well as monetarily. While sometimes I know it can feel overwhelming especially if you’re not geared that way, there’s a lot of help out there with various organizations, and most of it free. Whether you have a friend that’s a brilliant business mind that sits down and strategizes a step by step plan for you, or you utilize an organization or go to a seminar,the key is to figure out where you are,where you want to go,and fill in the steps in-between that will get you there. The biggest lesson I’ve ever learned is to ask for help. People do want to be a part of your dream come true.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
A few of the artists with and catalog I’m currently working on:
• Spectre Jones (https://www.secretroad.com/artist/spectre-jones)

Not only have I been able to help work with an incredible team to help develop their career, but I also had the honor of writing with them on this first EP. They’ve received around 26 film/tv placements in just a year. I just couldn’t be prouder and more excited for them.

•Simply Grand Music “The Sounds Of Memphis” Catalog (http://www.simplygrandmusic.com)

I just joined the team as A&R| Creative Licensing specifically for “The Sounds Of Memphis”, and am so excited to help develop the remakes from this iconic collection, as well as to open new doors for some of the classics. It’s such an honor and gift to work on something this special.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: thatgirlhmt


Image Credit:

2nd down(left)- with hit songwriter Jeff Cohen
2nd down(right)- with Gilles Godard Ole Music Publishing
3rd down(left)-hit songwriter Bonnie Baker
3rd down(right)- in the studio with Drew Hall
last picture- LaLa Land Live Concert to Film production team at The Hollywood Bowl.

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