Abesi Manyando
3 min readNov 28, 2018

This Memphis-Based Company Is Merging Technology & Music Together To Create Magic

Made In Memphis Entertainment (MIME), an innovative concept in music business ventures, is pioneering a movement aimed at revitalizing the Memphis music scene. The legendary contributions of Memphis, Tennessee are inarguable. Having birthed some of the greatest musicians in history, like Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Issac Hayes, and even modern day acts like Justin Timberlake, Academy-Award Winning hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, Yo Gotti, and super producer Drumma Boy. However, as time went on, some of the magic in the music of the great city seemed to disappear as Memphis became a museum, reflecting on its stories of STAX Records, Royal Studios and Sun Studios.

“The contributions of Memphis to American music are undeniable, the STAX, Sun Studios era has passed, but Memphis didn’t stop developing some of the most talented musical minds the world has seen, from Hip-Hop, Country, Blues and R&B Memphis talent is actively involved — Today! ”

- David Porter, CEO

A revived pulse is being discovered in Memphis and this time around the integration of tech will take things to the next level. Not to fret, seeing the need and also answering the call is a collective of music-executives, digital experts, and artists like Porcelan, whose “Lois Lone” single is currently at #17 on the Billboard charts. Additionally, a team of keen professionals with invaluable experience are who make up the Made In Memphis Entertainment ecosystem.

MIME has launched a $5-million dollar studio complex east of downtown Memphis, that provisions as a home to an: 8-room recording studio, full-scale recording label, publishing companies and its own media distribution infrastructure. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. MIME was endowed with the intent of major indie culmination being at the forefront of its core objectives. Making strategic investments in music and tech startups including Beatroot Music, TuneRegistry, and RoyaltyClaim. These investments are designed to ensure that the independent music ecosystem continues to remain vibrant.

“Our investments in technology not only drive profitability for the organization, but serve as a means of democratizing the marketplace for other independents. This ensures we have a vibrant independent music ecosystem, globally.”
— George Monger, Director of Business Development

Earlier this year, MIME acquired Heavy Hitters Music Group, a music synchronization and licensing company. This investment allows Heavy Hitters to scale the business and provides access to a catalog of songs from MIME executive David Porter’s post-STAX catalog, along with a group of emerging

MIME’s expenditures in these companies further reiterate its core belief that a successful music company needs the influence of tech. That same energy is what’s making Memphis a serious contender to be the next Silicon Valley of the South. It has a vibrant character and a sense of togetherness that’s kindling unprecedented innovations via the utilization of technology with music as its love child.

“We hope our complex will be a part of the ecosystem that ultimately will benefit every artist, every songwriter, every producer, every studio and music company in Memphis.”

— Tony Alexander, President and Managing Director

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