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Mom + Pop Music

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Mom + Pop Music
Founded2008 (2008)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City
Official websitemomandpopmusic.com

Mom + Pop Music is a New York City-based independent record label. Founded by Michael Goldstone in 2008, its roster includes Alicia Keys, Courtney Barnett, Madeon, Tom Morello, Porter Robinson, Tycho, Tash Sultana, Sunflower Bean, Beach Bunny, Caamp, and Del Water Gap. Goldstone serves as co-president of Mom + Pop Music with Thaddeus Rudd, who joined the label as Goldstone's business partner and co-president in 2009.[1]

On the 10th anniversary of the label's founding, Goldstone said: "Our ambition for Mom + Pop has been and always will be to build a collaborative label with transparency and sincere respect for our artists’ creative controls."[2]

Initially backed by Q Prime Management owners Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein,[3] Mom + Pop first opened its doors in Times Square, across from the Brill Building. In 2013, the company moved its New York City office to Manhattan's NoMad district, just north of Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building. Mom + Pop employs 15 people in its New York City and Los Angeles offices, ranging in responsibilities from A&R to digital marketing and design.[4]

In addition to Grammy Award-nominee and ARIA Award-winner Barnett, Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave co-founder/guitarist Morello, ARIA Award-winner Sultana, the Mom + Pop Music roster includes, among others, R&B singer-songwriter Alina Baraz, German-Canadian-English singer-songwriter Alice Merton, Bangladeshi-American producer Jai Wolf, and indie rock trio Sunflower Bean, among others.[3] The label's first two signings were An Horse and Joshua Radin; since then, Mom + Pop Music has signed diverse artists such as Tokyo Police Club, Freelance Whales, Sleigh Bells, Metric, Ingrid Michaelson, Andrew Bird, Lucius, FIDLAR, Poliça, Neon Indian, and Jagwar Ma.[5]

Goldstone and Rudd signed Flume in 2012, followed by Barnett in 2014. Flume went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Electronic Album, and Barnett was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2016.[6] In 2017, Mom + Pop signed Merton, who had independently topped the charts in Germany.[7] In June 2020, Goldstone and Rudd appeared on Billboard's "Indie Power Players" list, an annual list of independent music industry executives "driving artists to chart-topping success outside the major-label machinery."[8]




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  1. ^ Ronk, Liz (2013-03-14). "Inside Man: A Q&A with Indie-Label Exec Thaddeus Rudd – South By Southwest (SXSW)". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  2. ^ "Tom Morello, Courtney Barnett and More to Play '10 Years of Mom + Pop' Celebration". Relix Media. 2018-09-11. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  3. ^ a b "Mom + Pop Music". Music Business Worldwide. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  4. ^ "Thaddeus Rudd Of Mom+Pop Music On Label-Artist-Manager Relationships, Industry's Future". Hypebot. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  5. ^ Payne, Chris (2019-04-26). "How Indie Label Mom + Pop's Grasp On Digital Distribution Benefits Its Global Roster". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  6. ^ Aswad, Jem (2016-02-08). "From the Desk Of…Michael Goldstone, Founder of Mom + Pop Music". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  7. ^ "Alice Merton Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2023-04-30.
  8. ^ "Billboard's 2020 Indie Power Players". Billboard. 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  9. ^ "Alan Palomo / Neon Indian". Mom+Pop. Retrieved September 11, 2023.
  10. ^ Snapes, Laura (July 28, 2019). "Sleater-Kinney: 'Music has always been the playground of men's sexuality'". The Guardian. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Tegan and Sara Sign with Mom + Pop Music, Drop New Song "F-king Up What Matters"". Billboard. April 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "underscores joins Mom+Pop Music". Mom+Pop. May 3, 2023.
  13. ^ "Polica sign to Mom+Pop Music and re-release 'Give You The Ghost' LP - #AltSounds". Hangout.altsounds.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-01.

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