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Justin Kalifowitz

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Downtown Music
Justin Kalifowitz is President of Downtown Music Publishing where he oversees the company's rights management, licensing and related businesses. Since joining Downtown in 2007, Justin has quickly developed a catalog of over 12,000 titles under management. Professional songwriters signed by Downtown have recently penned hit singles for artists such as Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Taio Cruz and in 2011, Billboard Magazine named Downtown as one of the Top 10 publishers in America. Last year, Justin launched dms.FM, Downtown's synch licensing platform that represents the Downtown Music Publishing catalog as well as over 30,000 master recordings from leading independent labels including Cooking Vinyl, Downtown, Eleven Seven, Six Degrees and ZTT. Most recently, he co-founded Songtrust, the world's first online music publishing solution for early-stage songwriters and artists. Prior to joining Downtown, Justin spent six years as Head of A&R at Spirit Music Publishing, where he was named to Billboard's "30 Under 30" Top Executives List.


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