American music industry executive Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing. Flom previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group and is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, and Lorde. The New Yorker described him as “one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years…known for his specialty in delivering ‘monsters.’”
Flom began his career at Atlantic Records as a Trainee Field Merchandiser when he was 18 years old. He rose through the ranks and was named Chairman and CEO in 2003. Artists who he discovered and developed during his time there included Kid Rock, Matchbox 20, The Corrs, Hayley Williams, Skid Row, Tori Amos, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jewel, and Sugar Ray. Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records in 2006 where he discovered and signed Katy Perry. In 2008, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, 30 Seconds to Mars, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, and Joss Stone.
In 1995, he founded Lava Records as a joint venture with Atlantic Records, which turned out to be one of the most successful startups in music business history. In 2009, Flom reclaimed Lava Records, forming a partnership with Republic Records and signing Lorde and Jessie J. In 2015, Flom created Lava Music Publishing and formed a deal with Kobalt Music Publishing to provide worldwide publishing services.
Jason Flom is a leading philanthropist who has long championed various political and social causes. He has demonstrated his commitment to social justice as a founding board member of the Innocence Project and a board member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center, The Drug Policy Alliance, the NYU Prison Education Program, and VetPaw. Jason Flom is known as a leading civilian expert on clemency and is personally responsible for dozens of clemencies including 17 that were granted by President Clinton, all of whom were nonviolent drug offenders serving between 15 and 85-year mandatory sentences. In 2007 Flom founded the Freedom Fund at the Bronx Defenders. In 2011, he donated $1 million to the Innocence Project to establish a senior litigation position in honor of his late father Joseph Flom.
Flom is the host of the podcast Wrongful Conviction, an original series available on reVolver Podcasts in the fall of 2016, in which exonerees will share never-before-heard aspects of their experiences with injustice, incarceration, and ultimately, survival. To celebrate the launch of the podcast, Flom has pledged to donate up to $1 million to the Innocence Project. From September through December 2016, he will donate $1 per consumer download.
Over the past 25 years Flom has been in a leading advocate for the legalization of marijuana through his work with the Drug Policy Alliance (a division of the Open Society Institute). He has worked closely with George Soros’s top people at the Drug Policy Alliance and has also developed strong relationships with several of the top political figures in the country at both the state and federal levels. In addition, Flom has supported various medical research organizations including The T.J. Martell Foundation and City of Hope.
In 1999 Flom was awarded the “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union and in 2000 the UJA Federation honored him as the first “Music Visionary of the Year.” In 2004, The Correctional Association of New York honored him with their social justice award and in 2005 Flom received the T.J. Martell Foundation “Humanitarian Award.” In 2008 Flom was honored as “Partner in Pursuit of Justice” by the Bronx Defenders and was awarded with City of Hope’s “Ambassador Award.” He received the Innocence Project’s “Award for Freedom and Justice” in 2009 and the “Spirit of Life” award by Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in 2014.
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Jason Flom appeared live on the Love-a-thon, the first-ever Facebook Live telethon, held on Inauguration day, which raised more than $200,000 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Earthjustice . The event was inspired by the Jerry Lewis-style telethons of the past and served as a kind of counter programming to the events of the day. Funds are still being collected by Crowdrise , the top platform for internet fundraising. The telethon was also streamed on Upworthy, the Love-a-thon’s official media partner, and can still be watched at u.pw/Loveathon.
Jason appears about 1hr 9mins into the video on behalf of the Innocence Project. He was interviewed with Everton Wagstaffe, who was fully exonerated in 2014 after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
“Wow, that is quite the board!” Amanda Knox exclaimed on Friday morning, taking in the massive mixing console at the Platinum Sound recording studio in Hell’s Kitchen, as she deposited her luggage in a corner of the room. The former exchange student, who was prosecuted by Italian authorities for the murder of her roommate based on a ludicrous theory that nonetheless inspired feverishly lurid headlines around the world, was in town from Seattle to tape a holiday edition of the Wrongful Convictionpodcast. Graceful and warm, with a bright easy smile, she wore a loose putty-colored sweater and bore little resemblance to the accused teen temptress and sadistic killer whose supposed misdeeds were so gleefully chronicled by the tabloid media. (The charges were finally thrown out by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015, and a documentary on the case is currently available on Netflix.)
Knox and the show’s other guests, Jarrett Adams and Jeff Deskovic, had each been convicted of a savage crime and subsequently proven innocent. For this installment of the series, which the production team was calling, half-jokingly, “A Very Special Wrongful Christmas,” the plan was to talk about what it’s like to celebrate the holidays behind bars, when your situation is more Franz Kafka than Frank Capra.
The recording facility, which has also hosted such well-known artists as Rihanna, Shakira, and Kendrick Lamar, features an impressive 85-channel vintage SSL console. That might seem like overkill for a podcast, but the series’ creator and host, Jason Flom, is hardly a typical podcaster. Described in a lengthy 2003 New Yorker profile as “one of the most successful record men of the last 20 years,” he is the founder and CEO of Lava Records and has held the top jobs at Atlantic, Virgin, and Capitol. Over the course of his nearly four-decade-long career, he discovered and nurtured an impressive roster of acts, including Twisted Sister, White Lion, Stone Temple Pilots, Matchbox 20, Skid Row, Tori Amos, Jewel, Hootie & the Blowfish, Kid Rock, Lorde, and Katy Perry.
April 8, 1989, is a date Raymond Santana will never forget.
Santana is among the countless individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in the American judicial system. To help these individuals uncover the truth behind these cases, music industry vet Jason Flom launched a podcast titled Wrongful Conviction, which premiered Oct. 3 on iTunes, that gives former prisoners the opportunity to tell their stories.
Flom has spent years behind the desk at major music companies likes Republic Records, Atlantic Records and his current stint as co-founder and CEO of Lava Records. Channeling his talents into advocacy, his latest project takes him from behind the desk and into the shoes of many people who have served time in prison for a crime they did not commit. The first podcast episode featured Raymond Santana, who was charged of allegedly raping and assaulting a 29-year-old jogger along with his four other friends. Santana was just 14 when he was convicted and spent 12 years behind bars before DNA surfaced, exonerating him and his friends of all charges.
Legendary music executive Jason Flom has led a double life for the past two decades.
In one, he discovers multi-platinum artists like Katy Perry and Lorde. In another, he helps everyday people like Steven Lennon — and changes their lives by freeing them from prison.
“Serendipity is a big part of my story,” he says. “And synchronicity.”
In 1993, Flom happened to pick up a copy of the New York Post (The Times was sold out) and read a story that would lead him to become an “obsessive advocate” for first offenders — and for people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit at all.
“The headline was something like, ‘Cuomo Denies Ferraro Bid for Drug Dealer Parole’ or something like that,” Flom tells me. “And I was like, wow, this story has two things that fascinate me — drugs and prison. Perfect, right?”
Click the image to watch Jason Flom speak live from the Nantucket Project with Raymond Santana.
Lava Records founder and CEO Jason Flom has a “spidey-sense” of sorts for musical talent; throughout his career he’s successfully discovered unknown artists who have gone on to be superstars. Flom spent time as the CEO of both Atlantic Records and Virgin Records as well as the Capitol Music Group, and helped to break artists such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry and Lorde.
How has he done it?
“It’s called ‘instinct.’ It’s a strange talent to have,” Flom told me on the Brown and Scoop podcast on CBS Radio’s Play.it. “Music is an emotion. It’s magic. You can’t see it, hold it…you can feel it inside. When I first heard Lorde, I said, ‘What in the world am I listening to? This is incredible.’ It’s a strange skill to have. I don’t take it lightly. I always think there’s a lot of luck in A&R. You have to be in the right place at the right time. You have to be in the right mood. There’s a lot of coincidence involved. You have to be lucky.”
One of his more fortuitous signings was Katy Perry. But he passed on her when he first heard her, before coming to his senses about a month later. Here’s the entire story:
“So I met her at the Polo Lounge in LA. She walks in and sat down and I was like, ‘This girl’s a star.’ It was just obvious to me. She sat and opened her mouth and I was like she’s going places.”
She hadn’t “gone places” yet, but Flom knew there was something about her. “A real star walks and talks and wears clothes differently than other people do. My ‘spidey senses’ tell me that. She’s one of those people. Back then, she didn’t have a dime. She can still dress in a way that somebody else may dress and look like a normal schloob. But she lights it up. That’s how it started.”
Every year, thousands of Americans are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Through DNA testing, more than 341 innocent people in the United States have been exonerated, and Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom will tell their individual stories. As part of an original series available on reVolver Podcasts, these exonerees will share never-before-heard aspects of their experiences with injustice, incarceration, and ultimately, survival.
Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom will deliver episodes based on actual case files of The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The organization was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. To celebrate the launch of the podcast, Flom has pledged to donate up to $1 million to The Innocence Project. From September through December 2016, he will donate $1 per consumer download.
Jason Flom, an American music industry executive and CEO of Lava Records, is a Founding Board Member of The Innocence Project. “These stories are real life tragedies and each one teaches us a lesson. Our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform and we have hundreds of examples to prove that point. My hope is that when people download and listen to Wrongful Conviction they will be inspired to join me in this fight,” said Flom.
“We are honored to host Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom exclusively on reVolver Podcasts,” said Stephen Hobbs, Chief Digital Officer, reVolver Podcasts. “This is an incredible show, and a reminder that we must be ever vigilant of the justice system, to ensure we are truly protecting the innocent.”
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law will provide research and data for each episode of Wrongful Conviction. The Brennan Center is a nonpartisan law and policy institute whose research and advocacy on issues surrounding mass incarceration is universally respected. Listeners can follow Jason Flom on Instagram and Twitter @itsjasonflom.
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Calling All Lawyers: Clemency Project
I write to ask for the assistance of lawyers of all practice backgrounds in a project that is of utmost urgency and importance: The Clemency Project.
As many of you know, I am a founding board member of the Innocence Project and I serve on the boards of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Drug Policy Alliance and The Legal Action Center. I have long been a crusader for justice reform and believe deeply in the concept of redemption and forgiveness. Unfortunately, America has become a land of mass incarceration, largely as a result of draconian mandatory sentencing that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of non-violent offenders imprisoned for decades, or even life.
Fortunately, there have been changes in the law that have rolled back some of the harshest sentencing practices. But, bizarrely, many of these changes are not retroactive and thus not available to those who were sentenced under the old laws. That is where the Clemency Project comes into play.
Clemency Project 2014 is a joint effort launched by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, the ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and many federal defenders. It was formed in response to a request from the Obama administration to provide pro bono assistance to inmates who might qualify for commutations under the criteria announced by the Department of Justice. TheProject established the infrastructure to support this pro bono effort and provides training and resources for lawyers who volunteer to help. Clemency Project 2014 has reviewed thousands of inmate requests and has submitted more than 600 petitions for clemency thus far. But there are still 2,000 cases left to be reviewed and time is running out. President Obama has already granted more commutations than the past five presidents combined and he has pledged to vastly accelerate the pace, but they need good petitions to do so! This initiative that presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for lawyers to reverse the ravages of the harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of so many. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help and they need them now.
To volunteer, simply register with the project at: https://clemencyproject2014.org/training. Please note in the comment box on the survey that you were referred by Jason Flom. In only five to ten hours of your time, you will help a human being regain his freedom. As society awakens to the tragedy that resulted from the draconian sentencing practices of the past few decades, it would be unconscionable to leave behind those whose prison terms would be less if they were sentenced under current law. The opportunity to restore a person to freedom is an invaluable gift – both for the liberated and the liberator.
Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongly convicted and reforming the system to prevent future injustice. It has helped to exonerate 178 people through DNA testing.
“I am deeply committed to the work of the Innocence Project and I’m honored and humbled to chair this great event. Meeting and getting to know many of these remarkable men and women, the exonerees, has profoundly impacted my life, making me want to do everything in my power to prevent and correct these horrible injustices,” says Flom.
Flom has been a leading advocate for the Innocence Project and criminal justice reform over the past 25 years. Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, attests, “Jason has been a champion for the exonerated since our earliest days. He understood immediately the tremendous power of these stories of injustice and has been an indispensable force in nurturing and growing the Innocence Project.”
Jason Flom serves on the Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Alliance, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Legal Action Center and the NYU Prison Education Program. He is a pioneer in the bail reform movement, having initiated the first bail fund of its kind with the Bronx Defenders, which is changing the way bail works in New York by providing bail assistance to people charged with low-level offenses who cannot afford to pay for their freedom.
On April 15th, Flom gave one of the keynote speeches at the Tom Tom Founders Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia, addressing mass incarceration in the United States and his personal experiences with entrepreneurship, music and synchronicity. On April 17th, he moderated a discussion with the esteemed lawyers from Netflix’s Making A Murderer, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Jason Flom recently lectured at Yale Law School on capital punishment and innocence with Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to have served time on death row to have been exonerated by DNA evidence. In addition to these recent speaking engagements, Jason Flom had an open letter addressing clemency issues published in the Hollywood Reporter, which can be viewed here.
On April 29th, Flom’s second episode on Adam Carolla and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos’s podcast “Reasonable Doubt” will be available for download and streaming on iTunes. This June, Flom will be a speaker at the Midem Music Conference in Cannes.
As these cases work their way through the system, though, even more is being done. Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records, credited with discovering Katy Perry, Lorde, and Kid Rock, among others. He is also a founding board member of the Innocence Project, which uses DNA testing to exonerate those who have been wrongly convicted. Among his newest justice-reform projects, one stands out as eminently achievable: Flom wants to get rid of cash bail. Boom.
In any given year, city and county jails across this country lock up between 11 and 13 million people just because they aren’t rich enough to write a check for a few hundred dollars. Flom is convinced that every city in the United States should follow the lead of Washington D.C., which has done away with cash bail. I spoke with Flom to find out what this new crusade is all about, why one of the country’s leading record moguls is obsessing over it, and why America has one criminal justice system for the rich and another for the poor.
Lava Records founder Jason Flom could be the most successful recording executive of this era. But it was his other great passion—for justice—that packed the Paramount at the Tom Tom Festival Founders Summit April 15.
Flom, who said he lost his virginity at a Yes concert when he was 15, launched mega-performers like Katy Perry, Lorde and Kid Rock. He recalled his father telling him, when he balked at finishing college, “Do what you want to do. Just make the world a better place.”
In 1992, he heard about a kid serving serving a 15 years-to-life sentence for cocaine under the harsh Rockefeller drug laws in New York. “I decided to get involved,” he said. “I had my own history of doing drugs. There but for the grace of God….”
Even his own attorney told him nothing could be done, but at Flom’s expense, the attorney got a hearing and the man was freed. “That was so profound,” he said. And that launched his own criminal justice advocacy with Families Against Mandatory Minimums and The Drug Policy Alliance and he was a founding board member of the Innocence Project.
A week ago, Virginia’s latest exoneration was Keith Harward, who walked out of prison after 33 years for a murder and rape he didn’t commit, convicted on the “terrible forensics” of now-discredited bite mark evidence, said Flom. DNA evidence proved he was not the murderer, and 40 percent of exonerations show who the real criminal was, said Flom. In Harward’s case, the real perp was a serial rapist who went on to attack again (he died in prison 10 years ago).
“That never needed to happen if police had done their job,” Flom said.
Contrary to the impression given by TV crime dramas like CSI and Law and Order, many people will probably be surprised to learn that most of the so-called forensic sciences have not been scientifically validated – no scientific research has been done to prove these frequently used forensic tools are actually reliable in determining the guilt or innocence of defendants accused of crimes. In fact, in nearly half of the convictions that have been overturned in recent years through DNA evidence, unvalidated and improper forensic science was a contributing factor in the original conviction.
Yet for decades, courts have allowed into evidence unreliable forensic practices such as bite mark comparison and microscopic hair analysis, which in many cases was the only physical evidence linking a defendant to a crime.
At the Innocence Project, of which I am proud to be a founding board member, our mission is to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and criminal justice system reform. Since its founding in 1992, 337 wrongful convictions have been overturned through DNA testing, and more than half were helped by the Innocence Project. These cases have helped to identify both the flaws in the system and how to fix it.
One of the Innocence Project’s principal priorities has been to rid the system of unreliable forensic evidence – which is often extremely persuasive to jurors precisely because it is cloaked in science. In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences issued a seminal report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, documenting the lack of scientific validation in forensic practices and calling on research and national standards to improve public safety and reduce wrongful convictions.
The Innocence Project has been an instrumental force in pushing lawmakers in Washington to act on the recommendations in the report, but we also realized that this is a problem that could be addressed through the courts. If courts did their job of properly weighing the evidentiary value of this evidence and excluded it from our courtrooms when it isn’t based on actual science, we could make a huge impact in preventing wrongful convictions.
The Netflix series Making a Murderer has captivated viewers, sparking outrage around the dubious and possible wrongful convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
As a founding board member and longtime supporter of the Innocence Project and other criminal justice reform organizations, I’ve gotten to know many people who served lengthy sentences for crimes they didn’t commit. (Consequently, the opinions expressed are mine and not the Innocence Project’s.) While every exoneree’s experience is unique, I am repeatedly surprised at how well these men and women have dealt with the horror of having served hard time for a crime they didn’t commit. While there are certainly emotional scars, these brave men and women have impressed me with their ability to heal and lead productive lives.
That’s what makes the Avery case such an outlier. There is no question that he is absolutely innocent of the 1985 rape of Penny Beerntsen. Avery was represented by the Wisconsin Innocence Project (independent from the Innocence Project), which obtained DNA testing that not only proved Avery’s innocence after he served 18 years but also identified convicted sex offender Gregory Allen as the true perpetrator. Yet shortly after his exoneration, Avery made headlines again as the suspect in the murder of Halbach, a crime for which he and Dassey were eventually convicted. In their documentary, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos make a compelling argument that Avery is very likely innocent of that crime too.
As we saw with Serial and HBO’s The Jinx, Making a Murderer has exposed the fallibility of the criminal justice system. While it is impossible to know whether Avery and Dassey are innocent solely by the documentary, it raises many issues that we see time and again in the cases of those wrongly convicted.
Consider the police interrogation tactics used against Dassey, who was just 16 and according to school records had an IQ less than 70: the 16-year-old was questioned repeatedly without an attorney or guardian present, and it is clear from the videotaped interrogation that the officers’ goal was to get a confession rather than help them solve a murder.
While inconceivable to many people, false confessions have been a key factor in more than a quarter of the 337 DNA exonerations nationwide. Luckily Wisconsin, where Dassey was arrested, requires that interrogations be recorded in full. Without that law, there would likely be no footage of Dassey’s alleged confession, making it impossible to prove how he was treated by police. While recording interrogations isn’t an absolute guarantee against wrongful convictions, it creates a record for later review by the jury and courts. Yet 31 states, including New York, don’t mandate the recording of interrogations. Did we learn nothing from the wrongful convictions in the case of the Central Park Five?
Making a Murderer also paints a bleak picture of the criminal defense bar. While Avery was able to afford lawyers who did a very admirable job, his nephew had to rely on the attorney provided by the state. Exoneration cases are filled with stories of attorneys who were asleep, drunk, incompetent or simply too overburdened. An Innocence Project report on the first 255 DNA exonerations revealed that claims of ineffective assistance were raised in about 1 in 5 of the DNA exonerations. Yet there are no meaningful systems to track ineffective assistance, much less do anything about the bad lawyers, and many state public defender organizations are woefully underfunded.
Yet what has truly captured the public’s attention is undoubtedly the alleged police and prosecutorial misconduct at the heart of the documentary. The allegations that are put forth are indeed very serious — that police framed Avery and that the prosecutor was so caught up in securing a conviction that he failed in his duty to seek the truth. Here again there is no accountability. Many police departments are subject to civilian review boards, but they almost never find the police at fault. While police can be sued civilly for violating defendant’s constitutional rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has given prosecutors almost complete immunity from civil liability, even for intentional misconduct that results in wrongful convictions.
I am hopeful that the public outrage that has resulted from these shows will be remembered as the tipping point when we finally decided to take seriously the need to fix the system. Change will only happen when we demand it. How many more innocent lives will be ruined before we do?
Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records, and a founding board member of the Innocence Project and on the boards of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Legal Action Center and The Drug Policy Alliance.
People often ask me why I got involved with the Innocence Project… I got hooked on this mission 17 years ago because of an exoneration story I read in the newspaper. I simply couldn’t imagine anything worse than being stripped of your freedom, choices, and humanity for a crime you did not commit. Now, almost 2 decades later, the Innocence Project has exonerated hundreds of innocent men and women including dozens who had been sentenced to death.
It’s also worth noting that in a large percentage of the cases in which we have exonerated the person who was innocent we have been able to help identify the actual perpetrator and bring them to justice, thereby preventing future violent crimes. I feel very fortunate and humbled to be able to work with the Innocence Project and the amazing people who are our clients-it is a huge part of my life and I will be committed to this cause forever.
“Christian Benner is a true artist, an old soul who marries rock and roll and fashion in a way that is a true reflection of his personality and lifestyle. I’m very proud to be his partner.”
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“It is an absolute honor to work with music industry legend Jason Flom who has seen and heard so much over the years. Everyday he inspires me with his insights on life and drives me to push forward.” – Christian Benner
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“I’m thrilled to be in business with the fantastic team at Kobalt and I look forward to super-serving great artists and songwriters as we build LAVA Music Publishing into a major force in the business.”
KOBALT SIGNS EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH JASON FLOM FOR LAVA MUSIC PUBLISHING
Worldwide deal to include administration, synchronization and creative Company headed by Lava Records Founder and CEO, Jason Flom.
Kobalt Music Publishing (KMP) announced May 19th that it has completed a new deal with LAVA Music Publishing, the company founded by renowned U.S. label head, Jason Flom.
Under the new agreement, KMP will provide exclusive worldwide publishing administration, synchronization and licensing rights in addition to creative services. New signings following the deal include songwriters Scott Stevens and Max Matluck and LAVA Records’ newest priority signing, Maty Noyes.
As the head of LAVA Records and LAVA Publishing, Jason Flom, has been labeled by The New Yorker as “One of the most successful record men of the past 20 years.” Throughout his career he has held extensive leadership roles including, Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group, respectively. In 1995, Flom founded the American-based record company, LAVA Records. With a knack for finding and developing artists to stardom status, he has discovered major acts from Kid Rock to Katy Perry and his latest international success, Lorde.
LAVA Music Publishing’s team includes west and east coast Heads of Creative Services, Gali Firstenberg and Nullah Sarker. Both Firstenberg and Sarker will report directly to Flom.
Richard Sanders, President of Kobalt Music Group said, “I have long admired Jason’s unparalleled talent for discovering hits and developing superstar talent. After first working together nearly 25 years ago, it is a pleasure to work with Jason again on his new publishing venture.”
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