Muddy Paw PR

Meet the Muddy Paw Family

Angela Mastrogiacomo
Founder/CEO: Boston, MA
After founding music blog Infectious Magazine in 2009, Angela soon found herself completely immersed in the world of music. After 5 years fielding press releases, coordinating artist coverage, and managing a team of 10-15 writers, she took her love of developing emerging artists to the next level with the launch of Muddy Paw PR in 2014. She now works with a roster of passionate, driven artists, and a team of talented go-getters that make the Muddy Paw family a tireless, thriving, spirited force. She has spoken on panels at SXSW 2016, Canadian Music Week 2016, and Indie Week 2015. She is also a proud curator of the music community Balanced Breakfast. You can find her hanging out with her border collie mix, Sawyer, eating ice cream, cozying up to a good book, or binging on her latest Netflix obsession.
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Joe Ballard
Publicity Manager: Chicago, IL
Joe Ballard is our Publicity Manager at Muddy Paw. Prior to working in PR, he got his Bachelor's degree in English/Publishing at Illinois State University and worked as the Managing Editor of music publications Mind Equals Blown and Infectious Magazine. A few of his favorite bands include Anberlin, The Beatles, The Stone Roses, and his amazing clients. Favorite people include his talented and hardworking Muddy Paw team members. In his (rare) free time you can find him playing Rocket League and FIFA, nerding out over the Song of Ice and Fire novels, and/or enjoying new flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
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Haley McGee
Publicity Intern: San Francisco, CA
Haley has been hopelessly in love with music her entire life, so it’s no wonder that her dream has been to work within the music industry. She found Muddy Paw PR through her best friend and got the courage one day to ask the always amazing head honcho, Angela, if she might be able to intern. Once her internship began, she was hooked and the Muddy Paw team couldn’t get rid of her. Haley loves learning about new music, listening to anything and everything she can get her hands on. Her dream is to help musicians achieve their goals and get their music heard.
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Erica D'Aurora
Junior Publicist (Connecticut)
A lifelong passion for music and a love for languages has lead Erica to where she is today. Fueled by the desire to spread the word about amazing artists from around the world, she founded the international music blog Musical Notes Global in 2015. You can always find her listening to music (of course), especially the latest from her favorite Latin and Italian artists, and reading about or watching anything music related.
Starr Brown
Publicity Intern (Michigan)
Starr is currently in her third year at Oakland University where she is studying journalism with concentrations in social media and public relations. Since she was two years old, Starr has loved music and dreamed of working with it in some capacity. After she graduates, she hopes to work in PR and social media directly with artists. When she's not busy studying for classes, you can usually find her at a concert in Detroit or finding new music to listen to.
Jenna Bruno
Publicity Intern (New Jersey)
Jenna is a musician and dreamer, born and raised in The Garden State. When she’s not interning at Muddy Paw PR, you can find Jenna on stage with her band, doodling in her sketchbook, or at a New Jersey Devils game. Her deep affection for music first sprouted when her favorite bands inspired her to pick up a guitar and learn to combat stage fright. From a very young age, Jenna has loved all forms of art and entertainment, and hopes to continue her journey in a creative industry after she graduates in the spring.
Alexandra DiBenigno
Publicity Intern (Florida)
Ever since listening to Queen in the backseat of her father’s Ford Taurus while driving to elementary school, Alexandra has loved music. After years of listening to oldie hits, Spanish salsas, and endless Broadway numbers, she realized music was more than an obsession, it was her passion. In 2016, a recommended music video from YouTube of a random K-pop group sparked her interest and led her towards a realization that she wanted to work in the K-pop music industry as a PR specialist. Since then, Alexandra has been reaching towards her ultimate goal of combining her love of K-pop music with her current career in PR and helping more Korean groups become noticed in Western countries.
Alyssa Josephs
Intern (Wisconsin)
Alyssa is currently a third-year marketing student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she plans on minoring in JAMS (Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies). Fusing her love for writing and music, she is a student journalist for the UWM Post and also manages their social media. Whether it means reviewing a local show, planning concert ticket giveaways, or posting flyers around the city, she is dedicated to spreading the word about incredible musicians. Aside from music, she spends her time checking out new coffee shops and spoiling her dog, Ted.
Sawyer
CEO/Resident Adorable Dog: Boston, MA
The Muddy Dog behind Muddy Paw PR, Sawyer is an 8-year-old border collie mix who has as much energy as the day he came to Angela at just 3 months old. He spends his days actively sniffing out all the smells his neighborhood has to offer, patrolling the house against unruly neighborhood dogs, squirrels, and bad guys, and adventuring around North America. He also really enjoys peanut butter. (But I mean, who doesn't?) You can follow his adventures on Instagram @MuddySawyer