This month we chatted with Jay Morris, CMRRA’s Licensing Claims Coordinator about his position, home ownership and the music album that helped get him through pandemic times.
Can you elaborate on what it means to be an Online Licensing & Claims Coordinator?
As the Licensing & Claims Coordinator for the online department, I am responsible for assigning, coordinating, and ensuring online tasks are completed and prioritized appropriately. This involves creating workflows, balancing time-sensitive tasks, YouTube licensing inquiries, assisting team members when guidance is needed, and helping any department staff that may need clarification on Online processes.
What do you enjoy the most about your new position?
I’ve always enjoyed rallying my team together. Helping others and fostering a sense of community within my team feels great and makes challenges achievable. I feel a great sense of satisfaction from my position when I know our team has pushed ourselves and come together as one unit to complete time-sensitive priorities.
Besides work, how have you kept busy during this pandemic?
My partner and I made some big moves in 2020. We moved out of the city and purchased our first home. The learning curve for home ownership/maintenance is quite high, but I’ve learned a lot so far. My soft musician’s hands are becoming hard-working hands. We also adopted a rescue Husky/German Shepherd puppy in the fall that has kept me quite busy.
Have you picked up any new hobbies?
Mouse (our pup) is a loving handful that is quite the hobby herself. We go on several long walks daily. I think the folks at Fitbit must be impressed. Beyond becoming a dog dad and a handyman, I still steal moments away to read or play my guitar on the back deck.
With restrictions and safety precautions in place, most of us have been spending a lot of time at home. Have you discovered (or re-discovered) an album or artist that you’ve been playing on repeat during this time?
I would say the album that helped me the most during 2020 was Dance Gavin Dance – Afterburner. Dance Gavin Dance have always been chameleons, embracing several genres all within one song. I’ve been a fan since my days at HMV, but the timing of the new album was perfect. Although it can still be heavy and loud, it is incredibly beautiful and nuanced.This album just takes me away. I ride that groove for 45 minutes and for that time, my thoughts and mind are leaning back on those sounds like soft velvet. If my headphones were on or close at hand, Afterburner would be coming on.
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