Arts Umbrella

“We approached Murray Paterson Marketing Group to help us connect our Theatre and Music Expressions Festival with an audience beyond family and friends.

I am absolutely over the moon with the results.  MPMG not only guided me on best practices, but worked with me every step of the way to create a very successful campaign that we were all proud of. We pride ourselves in fostering a creative and supportive environment where everyone feels safe and at home. MPMG fit right in with our family, helping to inspire our young actors and giving them the recognition within the community that they truly deserve.”

Paul Moniz de Sá, Artistic Director: Theatre and Music

Astrolabe Musik Theatre

“I can’t speak highly enough of Murray Paterson Marketing Group. Our company came to Laura with a complex, multi-disciplinary project addressing a difficult subject (mourning and mortality). She responded with an intelligent, thorough understanding not only of our project but also the objectives and mandate of our company, and produced a stellar media campaign.

Professional, creative, intuitive, and committed, Laura is a dream to work with, and I would not hesitate to recommend her and her team to anyone. ”

Heather Pawsey, Artistic Director

Ballet Kelowna

“Murray Paterson Marketing Group’s understanding of arts marketing and the dance industry helped Ballet Kelowna make a remarkable turnaround in the 2014/15 Season.

MPMG’s effective media relations served to not only promote but also educate people about Ballet Kelowna, thereby helping to increase awareness and build audiences for the Company. The return on MPMG’s services have been undeniably positive. Laura and her team are reliable, knowledgeable, professional, on the ball, and always a pleasure to work with.”

Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO

Bard on the Beach

“MPMG’s planning was careful & consultative, the services were clearly laid out and delivered, and sales objectives more than realized.

In addition, they always gave thoughtful, timely responses to any questions or changes sent their way, while working smoothly and collaboratively with our website service provider. Furthermore, their thorough interim and final reports very clearly described campaign achievements and ROI.

Overall, it couldn’t have been better!”

Heather Kennedy, Director of Marketing & Communications
The Big Draw Festival

The Big Draw Festival

Blackbird Theatre

“If you want flair, imagination, intelligence and enthusiasm, but also need things done on time, if you want detailed planning plus the pleasure of seeing your audience-building goals met (even exceeded!), then I would say you want Laura Murray and her Associates as your publicists.”

John Wright, Artistic Director

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

“The dedicated, truly passionate team of Murray Paterson Marketing Group has a varied and extensive collective arts background.We are consistently impressed with their ability to garner terrific media coverage with the utmost enthusiasm and care.

Their vast knowledge of the Vancouver media landscape and great rapport with both clients and journalists makes them an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director
The
Cinemateque

The Cinematheque

Chutzpah! Festival

“The Chutzpah! Festival recruited [MPMG] to help raise the profile of the 2015 festival.

Through advertising, social media, promotions, and digital marketing – they were able to significantly raise the profile of our brand within the city. The feedback we received on the campaign from colleagues and audiences was outstanding!

I would recommend this creative, fun, and passionate team to anyone who has a story to tell or show to sell!”

Mary-Louise Albert, Artistic Managing Director
Canadian
Music
Centre

Canadian Music Centre

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

“[Murray Paterson Marketing Group] did wonderful work for the Dancers of Damelahamid to promote the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival 2012.

The campaign reached an extensive and diverse audience and significantly raised the profile of the festival, now in its fourth year. The CFNDF 2012 celebrated sold out performances and was a great success.

[Murray Paterson Marketing Group] have shown great respect and openness to the artistic expression and cultural traditions of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northwest Coast and was a pleasure to work with.”

Margaret Grenier, Executive and Artistic Director

The Cultch

“The Cultch hired [Murray Paterson Marketing Group] to manage publicity for four of our shows this 12/13 season.

We were blown away by the amount of media attention we received. Laura and her team managed to obtain record-breaking coverage for us – successfully raising the profile of our events to an unprecedented level. Everywhere we looked, there we were – in print, radio and television!

We would highly recommend [MPMG] to anyone.”

Cindy Reid, Managing Director

Small Stage

“The MPMG team is fantastic and exceed expectations with each & every project they do. With their fingers on the pulse of the city, they know exactly how to get the attention of the media & audiences.

Over the years, the company has become essential part of my organization- and no idea is ever too crazy to bounce off these outside-the-box thinkers.

The team at MPMG has the experience and drive to make things happen in this city & beyond!”

Julie-anne Saroyan, Artistic Producer

Dancers of Damelahamid

“[Murray Paterson Marketing Group] did wonderful work for the Dancers of Damelahamid to promote the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival 2012.

The campaign reached an extensive and diverse audience and significantly raised the profile of the festival, now in its fourth year. The CFNDF 2012 celebrated sold out performances and was a great success.

[Murray Paterson Marketing Group] have shown great respect and openness to the artistic expression and cultural traditions of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northwest Coast and was a pleasure to work with.”

Margaret Grenier, Executive and Artistic Director
DOXA
Documentary
Film Festival

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

DWD
Theatre Design
+ Consulting

DWD Theatre Design + Consulting

Eastside Culture Crawl

“The Eastside Culture Crawl contracted [Murray Paterson Marketing Group] for its’ 18th annual event and we were extremely pleased with the extraordinary media coverage provided by Laura and her team.

It is clearly a challenge to represent some 400+ artists in 80+ locations in the Eastside over a four-day period. They did an amazing job and we were pleased with all the extensive coverage we received, which is why we are contracting them for the 19th annual Culture Crawl.”

Ester Rausenberg, Executive Director
Early Music Society of the Islands

Early Music Society of the Islands

Early Music Vancouver

“MPMG has produced an incredible return on investment and given us the courage to continue programming music that we believe in.

From our very first meeting, it was clear that this was an energetic team who valued directness and applying best business practices to the promotion of high quality art. These are two notions do not often go hand in hand.

We feel extremely fortunate to be working with MPMG and see them as a key partner in our continued growth and success.”

Matthew White, Artistic Director

Flamenco Rosario

“Celebrating 25 years of flamenco in Vancouver, The Vancouver Flamenco Festival and Flamenco Rosario approached [MPMG] to help raise the profile of our organization.

We received many messages form friends and aficionados, congratulating us on the excellent and extensive coverage that the festival received and asking who our PR company was.

With their professionalism and hard work, [MPMG] helped to raise the awareness and the profile of The Flamenco Festival and Flamenco Rosario in this city. The result: More people in Vancouver enjoyed the flamenco experience.

A big and deserved GRACIAS to the amazing team at [MPMG]!”

Rosario Ancer, Artistic Director

FlyOver Canada

Working with Laura and the entire MPMG team was an inspired and rewarding experience for us. The MPMG team seamlessly integrated themselves into our team and they truly became our partners.

The campaigns we worked on together achieved results beyond our expectations and significantly helped us reach new audiences and develop our brand awareness. As a new company we are continually learning and Laura and her team reliably provided a considered and trusted perspective to each challenge we faced along the way. It was a pleasure to have them as part of our team and we wish them absolute and deserved success in the years to come.

Lisa Adams, Director of Operations & Sales

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

“Having just celebrated a decade of singing and performing, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir was looking for a PR firm that would propel us into our second decade, help us expand our audience base, and establish increased media awareness.

MPMG has done all of that and more. We were thrilled with the growth in awareness and in seeing the results of their hard work and creative approach in publicizing our concerts. Their desire for success matched our own and their understanding of the arts, and music in particular, played a significant role as they worked to help us meet our goals.”

Gail Suderman, Artistic Director

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre

“I’d been trying for several years to find a project that my company could bring to [MPMG], and was I ever glad we connected for Except in the Unlikely Event of War.

In the 10 years that we’ve been producing theatre in Vancouver, we have never received the level of media attention that we received for this project. On top of it all, you can see just how much they care about theatre in Vancouver. If you want to work with the smartest, hardest-working and most supportive team of publicists and arts marketers in Vancouver, look no further than [Murray Paterson Marketing Group].”

Sean Devine, Co-Artistic Director
Image
China

Image China

ITSAZOO Productions

“Without a doubt the best press coverage we ever got was with MPMG. Their passion for the arts manifests itself with every interaction – that’s why you’ll see Laura, Brian, or one of the team at nearly every theatre event in town.

Thanks to their commitment and dedication, our production was covered in nearly every publication we could have wanted along with great preview and review coverage.

Killer Joe was not an easy sell: violent, profane, at times pornographic, intense, and highly intimate. But Laura’s team knew how to handle it and that, combined with our stellar production, created one of the most talked about shows in Vancouver’s 2014 season and helped us sell out every show!”

Sebastien Archibald, Co-Artistic Director

James & Jamesy

“Being a 2-man theatre operation, working with Murray Paterson Marketing Group has lifted a huge promotional burden and allowed us to focus our energies on our creative work.

Their exceptional professionalism and their interdisciplinary approach to media coverage has not only attracted countless patrons to our shows but has elevated our reputation in the eyes of theatre presenters across BC.”

Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles

Joe Ink

“I want to express my sincere gratitude for the stellar job you all did in promoting Retrospective: 25 Years. I appreciate all the work you did and the major attention the show and myself received.

We had a great run and great houses with the last show selling out and even turning people away! Just the way we like it!

On behalf of myself, Shannon and New Works a big thank you to MPMG!”

Joe Laughlin, Artistic Director

John Alleyne

“Consistent professionalism and a never-ending amount of imagination. I have been so grateful for the opportunity to work with Laura through this time of artistic career transition.

The support, guidance, and impact she has shown and had on the reforming of my artistic career has been exciting.

I am so impressed with how succinctly Laura is able to discover and zero in on the “Big Ideas” – then how she goes about the actions and details needed to produce the clarity of communication.”

John Alleyne, Choreographer
Kokoro
Dance

Kokoro Dance

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

“MPMG are not just an outstanding, professional, innovative and talented team  – they take the projects personally, exceed all expectations, and raise the bar for everyone else in the business.

Having produced shows for more than a decade I’ve seen good, bad, and excellent marketing – and MPMG are beyond excellent. Your team is the reason why we are looking to present more shows in Vancouver market.”

Svetlana Dvoretsky, Presenter
Love It
or List It
Vancouver

Love It or List It Vancouver

Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench

Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts

Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts

Museum of Anthropology

“For the last year, the UBC Museum of Anthropology has worked with Laura Murray and her team to promote our exhibitions, including our major summer exhibition Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists.

We have been thrilled with the results—greater local and international exposure, outreach to new audiences, and increased visitors. Since starting to work with [MPMG], our attendance has increased 10% and more people in Vancouver are aware of our exhibitions and programs.

[MPMG] has been a pleasure to work with— knowledgeable, professional, and always willing to share their expertise and thoughts about how better to promote MOA, its programs and activities. I highly recommend them.”

Anna Pappalardo, Assistant Director
Museum of
Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver

The Music of Junk

“[Murray Paterson Marketing Group] have been instrumental in the launch of my new music theatre project. They spent a great deal of time understanding all aspects of the show and approached the public relations from many different unique angles.

The media campaign surpassed my expectations, and I was amazed at the TV, radio and print press the show received. It was great to work with such an energetic, professional team who worked together on all aspects of media to get my show some of the best press in the city.

I would recommend [MPMG] to anyone wanting to market their arts project/event, and particularly in getting a new show off the ground.”

Paul Snider, Artistic Director and Creator
National
Arts Centre

National Arts Centre

Patrick Street Productions

“Murray Paterson Marketing Group is a superb organization.

Laura and her team are innovative, imaginative, engaged, and whip-smart. They write brilliant copy, catch tiny details, see every angle, and sincerely care about our success.  They have a great sense of style, both visually and in writing, and they’re social media aces.  They are prompt, responsive, and utterly reliable.

Best of all, they really understand what we do.

Working with MPMG is a great pleasure.”

Katey Wright, Artistic Producer

Pi Theatre

“Murray Paterson Marketing Group is a terrific company to work with. Their enthusiasm is infectious, their attention to detail is impeccable and the quality of their work is excellent.

MPMG works hard to make each of their clients feel like their particular project is the most important project on the MPMG schedule.”

Richard Wolfe, Artistic Director
Presentation House

Presentation House

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

“Murray Paterson Marketing Group provided expertise and insight around digital advertising, giving the PuSh Festival a big boost in our overall communications strategy.

The MPMG team armed us with the knowledge to build the foundation for our future plans. Their friendly and community-minded approach made the process a delight. Every question was greeted with professionalism, enthusiasm, and thoughtful advice.”

Bonnie Sun, Communications Manager

Radix Theatre Society

“I often say “Marketing is half the battle” when talking about the many areas of creating and producing a show. In the past there were times when only friends and family knew about the show when we got to Opening Night.

Working with MPMG, that problem has completely disappeared. For our last production, I was amazed by the coverage and couldn’t think of any way that the job could have been improved.

Their level of professionalism, detail, and execution is sky-high, I wish I’d started working with them years ago. Additionally, not only have they been helping with promotion, they also provide great advice on fundraising and management.”

Andrew Laurenson, Artistic Director
Touchstone
Theatre

Touchstone Theatre

Roy Henry Vickers

“Working with [MPMG] was a pleasure! Their enthusiasm for our work, their care in communicating with us, and publicity results were nothing short of exceptional.

Our book launch was an overwhelming success, with Raven Brings the Light ultimately spending 27 straight weeks as BC’s #1 bestseller. The [MPMG] team was integral in this and the success exceeded all our expectations!”

Roy Henry Vickers & Lucky Budd, Co-authors

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

“The RWB has been very lucky to be supported in its marketing efforts by [MPMG].

Laura and her team have brought maturity, expertise, and strategy to our processes – from our Subscription Campaign to the development of a revitalized brand for our 2013/14 season, and helped us establish a new, strategic marketing and communications approach with concrete tools and methods in which the RWB will benefit from moving forward.”

Jeff Herd, Executive Director

SFU Woodward’s

“It was a great pleasure to work with Brian Paterson on the digital advertising component of SFU Woodward’s marketing campaign for the presentation of Ex Machina’s 887 during SFU’s 50th Anniversary. With his clever campaign, we were able to target new audiences which resulted in a sold out run of presentation.

Tickets were in such high demand that we added an eleventh show to our run, and the ads were targeted in a way that not only accomplished our goal, but left us funds that we can put towards a future projects. Genius!”

Leanne Prain, Marketing and Promotions

Show One Productions

“MPMG are not just an outstanding, professional, innovative and talented team  – they take the projects personally, exceed all expectations, and raise the bar for everyone else in the business.

Having produced shows for more than a decade I’ve seen good, bad, and excellent marketing – and MPMG are beyond excellent. Your team is the reason why we are looking to present more shows in Vancouver market.”

Svetlana Dvoretsky, President

Talk is Free Theatre

“The firm is truly one of a kind and much needed for the clients in the GTA and in a wider Ontario region. They demonstrated tremendous vested interest and vision for our project.

It felt like our colleagues at MPMG were part of our staff in the office, rather than promoting our production from a country away.

It was a wonderful partnership, something we are keen in repeating as soon as possible.”

Arkady Spivak, Artistic Producer

Ted Seeberg

“I want to say how much I appreciate the work MPMG has done for me. They are a small firm with the large firm capability of providing seamless, integrated services. Every member of the team has been vetted by a management that fully understands the process and is capable of recognizing and hiring only the best.

I am impressed with the skill and motivation of everyone I have met at MPMG, no dead wood here.

I love the website MPMG designed and put together for me. Also I am looking forward to the next phase when they start marketing my art work. Many thanks MPMG!”

Ted Seeburg, Visual Artist
The
Dance
Centre

The Dance Centre

Tickets
Tonight

Tickets Tonight

Theatre Under the Stars

“From the start, MPMG understood what we are and why we are. They put into words what we, as a group, felt in our hearts.

With abundant creativity, a marketing plan emerged and was executed with perfection. The whole team of MPMG have a wonderful blend of passion, commitment, expertise, hard work, financial acuity and genuine desire to attain the very best results for their client. They are incredibly proactive, ever available and open to navigate the unexpected.

We would not hesitate to recommend working with them.”

Jill Fairclough, Director of Operations
Tourism
Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver

The Virtual Stage

“Laura Murray and her team were professional, courteous, and very creative as they worked closely with The Virtual Stage’s publicity team to create an effective campaign to promote the show to the public.

The [MPMG] media campaign for our 2014 production was a huge success; the show was featured in 39 prominent media outlets via print, radio and TV throughout the Lower Mainland. We were thrilled with the results, and extremely satisfied to have worked with such a talented and professional media relations team.

We certainly look forward to contracting [MPMG] in the future to promote our company’s future productions.”

Andy Thompson, Artistic Director

Vancouver Academy of Music

“[MPMG] is the epitome of professionalism. From start to finish [MPMG] delivered every goal outlined in their pre-launch strategy session. Not only has the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) enjoyed unprecedented media exposure, but as a result of [MPMG]’s campaign we have made advances in areas of fundraising, cross-promotion, and community engagement.

Throughout VAM’s multiple campaigns, it is readily apparent the respect [MPMG] garners with a broad spectrum of media outlets across the Lower Mainland. [MPMG] is VAM’s go-to firm for all media relations.”

Joseph Elworthy, Executive Director
Vancouver
Christmas
Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver
Folk Music
Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver International Dance Festival

“Thanks to [Murray Paterson Marketing Group], the 2014 VIDF had the best publicity in its 14 year history!”

Jay Hirabayashi, Executive Director

Vancouver International Film Festival

“Navigating the Wild West of online advertising is a complicated task, when you’re promoting over 350 films in a short window.

MPMG came to the rescue, providing much needed guidance and expertise. They took the time to really understand our brand & objectives before presenting us with an extensive & thoughtful campaign.

As a result, we saw a massive increase the success of our on-line campaign, which contributed to overall increased box office revenue. As a bonus, they provided us with a very thorough final report and recommendations which will help us plan for the future.

The Wild West is wild no more! “

Laine Slater, Marketing Director

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

“Celebrating 25 years of flamenco in Vancouver, The Vancouver Flamenco Festival and Flamenco Rosario approached [MPMG] to help raise the profile of our organization.

We received many messages form friends and aficionados, congratulating us on the excellent and extensive coverage that the festival received and asking who our PR company was.

With their professionalism and hard work, [MPMG] helped to raise the awareness and the profile of The Flamenco Festival and Flamenco Rosario in this city. The result: More people in Vancouver enjoyed the flamenco experience.

A big and deserved GRACIAS to the amazing team at [MPMG]!”

Rosario Ancer, Artistic Director
Vancouver
Maritime
Museum

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Vancouver Opera

“Vancouver Opera approached [MPMG] for help with its online marketing campaign for the 2012-2013 season after seeing their work with other arts organizations. Their expertise combined with their attention to detail has produced great results for the company’s need for an increased online presence.

Brian Paterson is very knowledgeable in the world of online advertising and is always a pleasure to work with.”

Jennifer Lee, Associate Director: Marketing

Vancouver Recital Society

“MPMG has made an invaluable contribution to the Vancouver Recital Society, helping us get to know our family of patrons even better, helping us revamp our offerings to maximize value for our subscribers, and helping us create our vibrant new identity, values and mission. We learned a lot about who we are and what we stand for through the process.

All of these initiatives taken together constitute an extraordinary contribution to the Vancouver Recital Society and we are all extremely grateful!”

Sean Bickerton, Executive Director
White Pine Pictures

White Pine Pictures