Martin Bandier

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Martin Bandier
Born Martin N. Bandier[1]
(1941-07-21) July 21, 1941 (age 73)
Alma mater
Occupation music industry executive
Employer Sony/ATV
Home town Queens, New York
Title CEO
Spouse(s) Dorothy
Children 3
Awards inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Martin N. "Marty" Bandier[1] (born July 21, 1941) is an American music industry executive, who is the CEO of Sony/ATV.

Bandier studied at Stuyvesant High School, Syracuse University, and Brooklyn Law School. He practiced with Battle, Fowler, Jaffin and Kheel, and then became General Counsel to the LeFrak Organization. In 1991, he became chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing Worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Early years[edit]

Bandier was born July 21, 1941, and grew up in Queens.[2] He graduated from Stuyvesant High School at 16.[2] At Syracuse University he met his first wife – Denise LeFrak, daughter of housing developer Samuel LeFrak – and majored in political science and history and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961.[2][3][4] Following graduation from Brooklyn Law School in 1965, he joined the New York firm of Battle, Fowler, Jaffin and Kheel.[2][4][5][6]

In 1969, Bandier became General Counsel to the LeFrak Organization, where he rose to Senior Vice President.[2][4] In 1975, he formed The Entertainment Company with Sam LeFrak and Koppelman as his co-principals.[2][4]

1980s on[edit]

In the early 1980s Bandier and Denise LeFrak divorced, and in 1984 Bandier and Koppelman dissolved their partnership with LeFrak and formed the Entertainment Music Company and the Entertainment Television Company.[2][4] In 1986, the partners purchased the Combine Music Catalog.[2]

That same year, Bandier and Koppelman teamed with financier Stephen Swid to form SBK Entertainment World, Inc. and purchased the 250,000 title CBS songs catalog for the then-record price of $125 million.[2][4]

In 1989, Bandier helped engineer the sale of SBK's song catalog to EMI Music and the creation of SBK Records.[2] By the end of the first year at EMI, the company was named Billboard Magazine's number one music publisher.[2]

In 1991, EMI Music Publishing Worldwide, then the world's largest music publisher, named Bandier – until then its vice chairman – chairman and chief executive.[7] He was also president and chief operating officer of the SBK Records Group, a record label that EMI operated with its parent.[7]

In 1990, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[2]

In 2005, Bandier asked EMI to sell him its publishing unit, and when it refused he resigned in 2006. A few months later he took over as head of the music publishing entity Sony/ATV.[4] In 2009, he was chief executive of Sony/ATV.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Martin Bandier". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1990 Award and Induction Ceremony Induction Ceremonies". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ GERALDINE FABRIKANT (November 21, 1991). "EMI Music Publishing Fills Chairman's Post". New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Turning Music Into Dollars at Sony/ATV," New York Times
  5. ^ Harold O'Grady. "BLS LawNotes". ISSUU. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ John Cassy and David Teather. "The man who sold the world music". The Guardian. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "EMI Music Publishing Fills Chairman's Post". New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2013.