Good Ear Music Supervision (GEMS) is a bi-coastal music curation company, dedicated to seeking out and shining light on the best songs the world has to offer.
Since its inception in 2011, GEMS has contributed music to campaigns for Apple, Nike, Google, Target, YouTube, Southern Comfort, Spotify, Sonos, Cadillac, Pepsi, American Express, adidas, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Honda, Chobani, Samsung, Android, Go Daddy, Comcast, Microsoft, Nespresso, Dish Network, Reebok, Equinox, Crate & Barrel, Champs Sports, 2k Sports, EA Sports, ESPN and many more. The company takes a unique approach to acquiring music by digging deep to discover those special songs already produced and at a brand’s disposal – music made from the heart and for art’s sake.
With quick turn-around times and for any budget, GEMS offers diversity, top-notch quality and a return to craftsmanship and skill. Whether it’s finding an exciting artist to serve as a spokesperson, the perfect song for a music-driven spot, or a stand-out instrumental track to set the mood, GEMS delivers the right music to foster a strong connection with the audience.
A music & film nerd from the start, Andrew Kahn was fortunate to discover a trade that marries his dual passions at an early age. After years spent in dusty record stores, in college radio basements, and crafting meticulous mixtapes, Andrew landed a job as a music coordinator on The Sopranos. There, he helped set the tone for the show that would launch the modern wave of cinematic television. He then transitioned to advertising as the in-house music supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, where he developed the soundtrack for Apple’s iconic campaigns from 2007-2011. As part of a two-man music team, he ushered in a new era of music in advertising, one that focuses on authenticity and curation, which we see in abundance today. Andrew founded Good Ear Music Supervision in 2011, and it has grown to become a leader in the field, providing quality music for hundreds of ad campaigns for clients including Apple, Google, Nike, Target, Adidas, and award-winning work for Southern Comfort and Cadillac. He spends his leisure time listening to those same dusty records in a hammock on a hill in Los Angeles.
Jackie Shuman is a proud valley girl who cut her teeth at LA’s Indie 103.1FM at the tender age of 18. She went on to DJ in Boston and later ended up in Film & Television at RCA records, going on to Crush Management where she was Head of Sync. In addition to music supervising, Jackie is a frequent contributor to Fast Company and curates showcases for local and traveling acts. She revels in the thrill of digging out exquisite music like an Appalachian coal miner with a laptop.
Erik Sutch is a master culture consumer, music editor, world traveler, and dog whisperer. After graduating NYU in 2010, he started work at Elias Arts in a number of roles. He especially took to music supervision and got the opportunity to pursue it exclusively at GEMS in 2014. Here, he will live out the rest of his days listening to all of the music ever recorded to find the best fit for any project. Erik is best friends with GEMS’ company dog Bama. He can’t not pay attention to everything happening in popular and subcultural music, and he’s glad to put this gift/curse to good use at GEMS.
Morgan Thoryk is inspired by the expanded boundaries of pop music, the art and audacity of women, and the limitlessness of the internet. She was most recently a Senior Music Supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, where she worked on award-winning global campaigns since 2015. In addition to supervision she’s worked with composers at Comma Music and as licensing director at Capitol Records – giving her an in-depth understanding of music marketing, production, composition, and negotiations.