How I Got Into the Business, Oz Magazine, May 2012: Tammy Hurt – Placement Music

Posted on May 29th, 2012 by Tammy Hurt - No Comments


Tammy Hurt
Founding Partner
Placement Music, LLC 

How did you get into the business?

My start in film and TV music came from the most organic, authentic place possible. I was fulfilling my favorite professional passion – playing drums. I was performing live on stage with a loud, experimental, instrumental guitar-oriented rock band. After the show, I was approached by a woman from CNN who asked if we could provide some lead-in’s and cue’s (music) for her on-air productions. My answer was of course, “Yes we can!” and that’s how Placement Music was born.

Our first big break came when, by a pure stroke of luck, I met an on screen director for FOX Sports. I mentioned that my company created custom music and he suggested I send him some tracks when we completed our first sessions. Needless to say, our team went into the studio the next day. We recorded on Monday. The director received our music on Thursday – and Placement Music debuted on the air on NFL on FOX that same Sunday.

What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

Within a year of launching, we were commissioned to create an original, orchestral, custom score for Super Bowl XLV, which aired to an audience of 111 million viewers. I co-produced the score titled ”Declaration Anthem” with composer Steve Dancz. The track was engineered by multiple GRAMMY-winner, Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound in San Francisco. We were honored with two Silver Telly Awards and a Hollywood Music In Media Award for “Best Score – Special Feature”.  We have provided custom music for Showtime’s Dexter, and placed tracks in Paramount Pictures Mean Girls 2, HBO’s True Blood, and the indie film Rough Hustle. Most recently, the team re-recorded Rosemary Clooney’s version of “Mambo Italiano” for Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.

Words to live by?

Never give up.

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