Fully Altered Media is dedicated to securing placements for creative musicians and arts organizations in print, online, syndicated radio, and television. We monitor the latest in new media with regard to music marketing, digital and traditional distribution, and grassroots efforts to engage fans. We also maintain strong relationships with management, booking, marketing and radio promotion professionals with an ear towards jazz and world music.
About Matt Merewitz
Matt Merewitz is a respected publicist and new media marketing expert who has handled publicity campaigns for artists including Nels Cline, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Vijay Iyer, Matt Wilson, Frank Foster, Bennie Maupin, Miguel Zenon, Rez Abbasi, Alan Pasqua, Kendrick Scott, Aaron Parks, Todd Sickafoose, Adam Rudolph, Linda Oh and many others. He has overseen publicity campaigns for Concord Records, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, 482 Music, Pi Recordings, Cryptogramophone Records, Marsalis Music and Blue Note Records, among others.
In the Fall of 2007, while working part-time at the well-established jazz publicity firm DL Media under the tutelage of Don Lucoff, Matt started taking on his own independent clients under the name JazzClinic Media (named after his college radio show, “The Jazz Clinic”). It all began with Pi Recordings (his first clients included AACM founding member and pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir Elsaffar; later he would work with saxophonists Steve Lehman and Rudresh Mahanthappa, the collective trio Fieldwork, trumpeter Corey Wilkes and guitarist Marc Ribot).
In 2008, Matt renamed the firm Fully Altered Media, and soon began taking on a number of new clients including the Chicago-based drummer and festival producer Mike Reed, Philadelphia creative music presenter Ars Nova Workshop, New York-based multi-reedist Jessica Lurie and several others. Today, Fully Altered Media has bloomed into a self-sustaining business boasting top names in jazz and creative music.
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, the jazz bug bit in middle school when Matt began taking saxophone lessons from Jim Carroll, an alumnus of the Woody Herman Orchestra and at the time, member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. A concert by that ensemble playing the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans (conducted by NEA Jazz Master and noted jazz educator David Baker), inspired him to stick with jazz through middle school, high school, and college.
While pursuing a minor in jazz performance at Carnegie Mellon University, Matt became much more involved in behind-the-scenes aspects of the music industry, writing and eventually booking concerts. He spent two full years as a host at WRCT-FM and served as jazz director, general music director and publicity director. His passion for music pointed him to internships with the Smithsonian Institution, XM Satellite Radio, WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh and eventually a job as publicist at DL Media.