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Manhattan Producer’s Alliance
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The Manhattan Producers Alliance is a media education, professional mentoring and networking community comprised of Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning musicians. We are dedicated to advancing the art of music composition, performance and recording. With the help and support of our members, we create unique professional development trainings for the music industry, as well as educational music/music technology initiatives for kids K-12.
Here’s what some of our members have to say about their experience with ManhatPro.
Composers and their plugins, left on their own to enhance virtual worlds created by others, often lead a surprisingly lonely and insulated existence. My membership in the MPA has resulted in me venturing out of my luxurious cave to meet some if the most talented, extraordinary, thought provoking, knowledgeable and seriously cool folks who, like me, have been looking for an activist (and i mean that in all the good ways) organization like this for a long time! Need help finding an Gamelan virtuoso? … A great studio with an even greater piano? … A conductor in Prague? …a Logic Pro expert? As a member of MPA these and many other resources are just a click away. Then there’s the excellent member-driven workshops which make being a MPA member a no-brainer! I’m glad I joined.
I had the questions, and Manhattan Producers Alliance had the answers. Since joining this exceptional group of professionals I have learned as much from having these industry experts answering other members questions as I have from getting answers to my own questions. As an Artist, Musician and Producer I couldn’t be in a better environment than this focused community of talented and dedicated individuals. The past 3 years have shown me what the right team can accomplish and I look forward to achieving the growth potential presented by the vision of this group.
The MPA has given me the opportunity to spend countless hours with experts discussing the nuances of composing for picture. I find groups like the Film Music club to be the most rewarding aspect of the MPA. Knowledge sharing at it’s best.
As a composer and musician, MPA has provided me with a unique and creatively stimulating professional community with which to share ideas about music, film scoring, music production and the business of music.
Our Management Team
President & Founder
As a producer, composer, ad executive and serial entrepreneur, Manhatpro founder, Joe Carroll has spent a lifetime innovating and challenging boundaries in music, media and education.
An award-winning composer, songwriter and lyricist, Carroll’s work is known for its eclecticism and humor. He specializes in music for kids and is Composer/Lyricist for the Emmy nominated Kermit’s Swamp Years (Columbia Tristar/Jim Henson: 2002) and Music Director for the TV series Zoom (PBS/WGBH: 1998-2003). As a producer, his work is characterized by technological sophistication and a willingness to work in unconventional settings. He’s written and produced hundreds of songs for TV and film including award-winning projects for Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS, Sesame Workshop and The Jim Henson Company.
Born into the entertainment business and literally raised in a b
ooking agency, Carroll grew up in the midst of the New York music scene. Surrounded by a Broadway Danny Rose cast of musicians, comedians, singers and entertainers he first performed professionally at age 12.
“I’m fortunate to have been involved in a number of successful collaborations that combine education and entertainment in innovative and compelling ways. In working with Jim Henson, Sesame Workshop, and WGBH, I have had the opportunity to work with an extraordinary group of people and learn the trick of balancing intensely personal creativity with the broadly collaborative process of film and television.” – Joe Carroll
In 1981-1982, Carroll was a member of the highly innovative Timmy and the Ken Dolls. A hideous commercial failure, they were known for their complex multimedia performances that included a projectionist, tape operators and sound effects personnel.
As a music producer at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising (1982-1987), Joe earned a reputation for going to great lengths to create the sound for a project, recording in a church in Montreal, a cattle ranch in Oregon and in London at studios made famous by Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. Projects included Toyota, L’egg
s, Wendy’s, Helene Curtis, Wrangler, General Mills, Nabisco and Proctor and Gamble. He launched his own music production company in 1988 and continued to produce commercial music for Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Erickson, Foote, Cone & Belding, Young & Rubicam and Ogilvy & Mather. Numerous awards including The London International Advertising award and several Clio nominations.
In 1996-1997, he was Supervising Sound Editor for Nickelodeon’s “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss” (1996). Seuss used a variety of groundbreaking techniques to achieve complex integration of dialog, sound effects and music. In addition to serving as principal composer and musical director for the show, he supervised all a
udio post production in a 12-person music and sound department. The work included supervision of sound effects, dialog editing, music, sound design, foley, dialog replacement and final mix supervision for 20 unique half hour shows. Seuss won Writer’s Guild, Bronze and Silver Telly awards and was nominated for several Emmys including Outstanding Children’s Program.
His career highlights include performing with Zippy the Chimp, a tuxedo-clad chimpanzee whose skills included drinking bourbon and roller-skating, sometimes simultaneously. He was once offered a job to play guitar wearing a pig suit and sing songs about bacon in shopping malls.
ManhatPro VP Frank Ferrucci, a film and TV composer and recording artist known for founding the “Music of the Americas” concerts and album, maintains sister studios in New York City and São Paulo, Brazil. For him, world influences are a constant source of inspiration that broaden the palette available for his film and TV scores, as well as his more personal projects.
“World music is always flowing into my work,” Ferrucci says. “I’m constantly fascinated by the way combinations of music and musicians from different cultures can mix together to create something new, and my collective work has reflected this.” A gifted pianist who first made his mark on the keys for renowned saxophonist Gato Barbieri, Ferrucci quickly found himself working with the musical elite. As he subsequently launched a successful solo artist career, he was heavily influenced by the sounds of Latin America, Brazil, Jazz and the Caribbean, recording and releasing 3 CDs on Baioca Records: Film Music Inspired by the Indian Railway (2009) Jewel Eyes (re-release 2008), and Music of the Americas Ensemble (2009) that encompass his integration of world music influences into his own work.
His annual “Music of the Americas” concerts, presented by the Bottom Line and Sounds of Brazil in New York were described by the New York Times as “fusing theadvanced harmonies of 1960 s jazz with an array of tropical rhythms, invoking by turns, Salsa, Folk, and Brazilian music.” CODA Magazine added that his music combined “ …Latin, Jazz and Folk elements into a rhythmically infectious sound”. Today, a new Brazilian influenced album project for Ferrucci´s label, Baioca Records, is planned with top musicians from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Today, Ferrucci´s music has moved seamlessly from the streets to the screen, as reflected in his diverse portfolio. In addition to the projects above, his film and TV credits include scores for Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, Frontline, ABC, Peter Jennings, and the Emmy Award-winning “Earth Summit Pledge” for the Earth Summit Conference in Rio de Janeiro. Additional TV and film clients for Ferrucci include Discovery Films, ABC’s World of Discovery, PBS´ “American Heritage” Series, NOVA, The Learning Channel, Reader’s Digest Films, Lifetime Television, and American Experience . In addition, he has composed the music for the large multi-media installation at the Ellis Island Museum in New York and exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
For Frank Ferrucci, scoring to picture remains a multinational adventure which benefits the director, composer and audience. “The music I create must serve the film and the director´s vision, he concludes. “There is always a challenge and an edge to having a deadline and creating film music. But when things are working between a film maker and composer, the art of collaboration is thrilling.”