We are expert administrators of musician's union contracts, coordinate and prepare all music budgets and file AFM session reports. We handle the
music department payroll, music preparation invoices, and are a fully insured employer of record Paymaster for musicians and vendors.
We are problem-solvers highly skilled in logistics and navigating complex situations.
We advise Producers and GMs in navigating national union agreements and bring to full execution mechanisms typically setting industry precedent all while keeping costs low.
For over 25 years, we have a stellar reputation and strong bonds with both management and labor. Our reasonable and fair approach and ultimate solutions protect the musician's best interests without ever sacrificing the quality and integrity of the music or production.
Born and raised in Washington D.C., Michael moved to New York City in 1994 to study at the Manhattan School of Music. Over the past two decades, he has established himself as a highly respected music coordinator, guitarist, and music business professional in the Broadway theater, concert, television, film, and recording industries.
As a music coordinator, Michael has hired musicians for dozens of Broadway shows and over 15 national tours. He has also worked on Grammy award-winning albums as a music coordinator, guitarist, and composer for TV and film.
As a guitarist, Michael has performed and recorded with well-known artists such as Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Ariana Grande, Lizz Wright, Placido Domingo, James Ingram, Joshua Bell, Michael McDonald, Elton John, and Patti LaBelle, among others. He has also performed on Broadway as a guitarist for productions including Frozen, Kinky Boots, Evita, Godspell, Baby It's You, Green Day's American Idiot, Memphis, 9 to 5, Grease, High Fidelity, and Laugh Whore. Michael has also worked as an arranger on Next To Normal. In addition to his work in the music industry, Michael has licensed and scored music for companies and organizations including The GAP, ESPN, NIKE, CNBC, Lifetime, Sesame Street, Style Network, Oxygen, OWN, ABC, and MTV. He has also composed the theme song for the Style Network's "How Do I Look?"In 2014, Michael partnered with Michael Keller to form M² Music, where they musically coordinated for hit shows such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, and Kinky Boots. Michael's personal life is filled by his wife Anya Singleton and son Harper.
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Michael is a graduate of the prestigious Archbishop Molloy High School as well as the renowned music conservatory The Manhattan School of Music. Upon graduation from The Manhattan School in 1971, he pursued a career as a professional performing musician spanning the next 35 years. While still at Manhattan Michael started his professional playing career by being a frequent substitute drummer/percussionist at the long-running off-Broadway production of Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris. Besides touring in the early 70s with Broadway National tours of Promises, Promises, Applause, and The Magic Show, Michael was also in bands backing Sally Kellerman, Dionne Warwick, The 5th Dimension, and Jane Olivor. Being hired as the original drummer for They’re Playing Our Song on Broadway led to the beginning of his long and rewarding working & personal relationship with Marvin Hamlisch. From 1990 until 2005 Michael was conductor and drummer for all of Marvin’s concert appearances. With Marvin’s complete & trusting support Michael embarked on a second related career as a Music Coordinator beginning in 1992. In 1993 he was Music Coordinator and drummer for Marvin’s The Goodbye Girl. In addition to contracting many film and TV score recordings of Marvin’s music, Michael was given his greatest opportunity when Marvin entrusted him with the responsibility to hire and coordinate the 63-piece orchestra for the Barbra Streisand concert tour in 1994. Michael repeated that effort several times over the next 15-20 years. Upon the closing of the Broadway production of Imaginary Friends featuring Marvin’s music, Michael chose to put away his drumsticks and concentrate solely on his burgeoning career as a Music Coordinator. Among over a hundred Broadway productions coordinated by Michael since 1993 are Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and The Lion King. Michael’s life is complete with wife of 40 years, Actress/Dancer/Choreographer Pamela Sousa, son Zachary, daughter Alexis, daughter-in-law Christin, and grandson Gavin Michael.
Associate Music Coordinator
Raised in Denver Colorado, Anja Wood attended music conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music before moving to NYC in 1994. Over the past three decades, she has established herself as a highly respected and versatile musician, performing and recording with icons David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews, Barbara Streisand, Chris Cornell, Trey Anastasio, and Harry Connick, Jr. Anja has played with countless other performers, like Pearl Jam, Rufus Wainwright, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. She currently plays Hamilton on Broadway and is the cellist on the Hamilton soundtrack, which has gone Diamond, selling over 10 million copies.
Anja resides in New York City with her 2 daughters, and is also the founder and President of The Lelt Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to acutely malnourished children in Ethiopia.
In addition to hiring the best musicians anywhere, M² Music is a one-stop shop providing start to finish payroll processing, contract services, and liability insurance.
Our list of clients and vendor relationships is growing.
Nothing makes us happier than paying the hard-working musicians and eliminating red tape and delays where possible.
Employer of Record
M² Music will assume employer of record and is also available to employers who become signatory to AFM collective bargaining agreements, or single engagement agreements.
M² Music is up to date on every musician's union rule so you don’t have to be. Our software generates all of the appropriate rates and terms needed to be compliant.
Onboarding & Software
Musicians can use M² Music’s software platform to securely update their profile, download/upload tax documents, check new work calls and status of payments
Tax & Insurance
Our service takes care of all the unemployment payments, federal and state tax filings, disability, worker’s compensation, Medicare, and FICA payments. M² Music sends out year-end W2’s at no extra cost.
Checks are promptly mailed or direct deposited to the musicians, and M² Music will remit all payments to the union benefit funds.