"Michael is a gifted musician and composer as well as a blue-sky thinker. He interweaves creativity, intuition, and a thirst for knowledge with his passion to connect meaningfully to people and to our ever-evolving culture. Spending a few hours with Michael is a special treat. As a teacher, coach, and commentator on changing trends in the music industry, he brings originality of thought and provocative questions into the mix, always striving for transparency and purity of process..."

Ruby Marchand Vice President of International Repertoire Development at Warner Music Group and Vice Chair of the Recording Academy/NARAS



Michael Whalen 

is currently the General Manager and the Head of A&R of myndstream (an independent record label based in Los Angeles and part of the Cutting Edge Group). Michael has also been a professor at three Colleges (NYU, The City College of NY and Berklee), he has worked with and consulted for a number of the biggest companies in the music/technology industries: Google/YouTube, SONY Music, TuneSat, Audiam, Gramophone Media, Razorfish, TouchStorm and many others. He has worked on the NARAS Advisory board, he is a contributor and commentator on media for Fox Business, he has testified to a Congressional subcommittee on the future of copyrights and is well-known as an author and a “thought leader” on digital media and the future of music. 


As the head coach of Artist Expansion, Michael has started and/or facilitated the careers of dozens of artists, composers and performers. 


At the same time, Michael is a two-time Emmy® Award winning composer and music supervisor (with 8 nominations) who has worked in advertising, television, film and video games for over 30+ years. Some of his best-known work: “Veronika Decides to Die” (2014), “What the Bleep Do You Know?”, “As The World Turns”, themes for HBO, CBS News, ABC News’ “Good Morning America”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, dozens of specials for PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The BBC, NHK and the History Channel and television films for Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel. Michael is also an internationally known recording artist with 30 solo and soundtrack recordings to his credit. Well-known for his beautiful and thematic music, he performs when time allows. He has also produced and executive produced over 100 recordings for other artists. His work as a executive producer resulted in a Grammy Nomination in 2000. 

"Michael Whalen is not only an expert in digital media monetization, but extremely knowledgeable in  the US Copyright Law as it pertains to composers. As well, he distillates the staid legalese of the Copyright Law, parsing it in very simple, easily understand phraseology – a benefit not to be underestimated in today’s digital media realm..."

Sue Sinclair Director, Music Services WNET/NY (PBS)

“I have watched Michael grow from a composer, to recording artist, to music supervisor, and flourish in every department.  His success is a testament to who he is, and his understanding of every aspect of the music business.  This move is the obvious next order of progression for him…


Frank Di Minno Creative Director Creative Synch Services Advertising 


"I know Michael Whalen as both musician and entrepreneur, a person of integrity and organization dedicated to most effectively navigating the commercial space of music in our time, encouraging a wide range of other artists to take significant steps in the current music landscape toward maximizing monetization, advocacy and empowerment..."

Sean Hickey Senior Vice-President, Sales and Business Development, Naxos of America