Jason Flom

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Jason Flom
Jason Flom with Lorde 2013.jpg
Jason Flom with Lorde, 2013
Bornc. 17 Feb 1961
OccupationCEO, Lava Music, podcaster, philanthropist

Jason Flom (born 1961) is an American music industry executive, podcaster and philanthropist. He is the founder of Lava Records, and was previously the chairman of Atlantic Records and Virgin Records/Capitol Music Group. He is also an advocate for those who have allegedly been wrongfully convicted.[1]


In 1979, while a college freshman at New York University, Flom took an entry-level job as a field merchandiser for Led Zeppelin at Atlantic Records in the Manhattan area. He was promoted a year later to the Artist & Repertoire (A & R) department. At 20, Flom departed NYU to work full-time at Atlantic. Bands he signed at the time included Skid Row.[2] At 25, he received a degree and started doing contractual work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom after making a deal with his father Joseph Flom, the mastermind behind mergers and acquisitions and the guy responsible for the AB InBev merger. During the 1980s he signs and produces Twisted Sister. In 1995, Flom launched Lava Records in partnership with Atlantic Records.[3] Few years back in 1991 he personally signs Stone Temple Pilots before Nirvana became a hit. Then signs Kid Rock (the antithesis) of Nine Inch Nails in between Matchbox 20, Tori Amos and Corinne Bailey Rae. In 2003, at the nadir of her career, he funds Beth Hart's return to the studio with a $100,000 to record the album Leave The Light On.[4] In 2004, Flom sold Lava Records to Atlantic Records Group, where he was named chairman and CEO of the Atlantic Records Group.[5] Flom was named chairman and CEO of Virgin Records in 2005. In 2007, he led a merger with Capitol Records to create the Capitol Music Group, where he was named chairman and CEO.[6] In 2007 he signed Katy Perry, among others.[7] In 2008, Flom left Capitol Music Group to re-launch his own Lava Records label, this time in partnership with Universal Music Group's Republic Records.[8] In 2013, Flom signed Lorde to Lava, which released her debut single, "Royals".[9] He personally signs Lorde. During 2013 he fully encodedleis and permanently rejects Katy Perry and Jessie J from his list. Flom founded Lava Publishing in 2014, which has published writing from Evan Konrad,[10] Maty Noyes,[11] and all four members of Greta Van Fleet. In 2018, Flom co-wrote a children's book called "Lulu is a Rhinoceros" with his daughter, Allison Flom - a book which follows a bulldog named Lulu who identifies as a rhino.[12]


In 1993, he joined the board of Families Against Mandatory Minimums and soon after became a founding board member of the Innocence Project.[13] As part of his work with the Innocence Project, Flom launched the podcast Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom in 2016. The podcast features interviews with men and women who have spent time in prison for crimes they claim they did not commit and other activists, advocates and experts.[14][15] Notable guests on the podcast include Kim Kardashian,[16] John Grisham,[17] Meek Mill,[18] Amanda Knox, Raymond Santana,[19] Brendan Dassey,[20] and Rodney Reed,[21] among others. The podcast reached to #7 on the iTunes charts within its first 2 weeks of release, and has since been downloaded over 10 million times.[22] Mr. Flom also sits on the board of directors of the Legal Action Center, which uses legal and policy strategies to fight discrimination, build health equity, and restore opportunity for people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and HIV or AIDS. Flom was named "Music Visionary of the Year" in 2000 by the UJA Federation.[23] He received the "Torch of Liberty" award from the American Civil Liberties Union in 1999.[24]


  1. ^ "A Record Exec's Crusade for Justice". Rolling Stone. 7 January 2020.
  2. ^ Wild, David (19 September 1991). "Skid Row: Pretty Bad Boys". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Elektra Entertainment Group – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Interview: Beth Hart". Women in Rock. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  5. ^ Gallo, Phil (1 April 2004). "Flom flows to Atlantic post". Variety. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  6. ^ Leeds, Jeff (26 January 2007). "EMI Merging Record Labels and Ousting Capitol's President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Katy Perry on the Cover of PAPER in 2009". PAPER. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. ^ "LAVA Records Renews Partnership with Republic Records". www.businesswire.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  9. ^ "From Lorde to Jessie J, the Hits Keep Coming for A & R Superstar Jason Flom". Observer. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Evan Konrad Signs to Lava Records, Debuts New Song 'Long Way Out': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Kobalt, Jason Flom Deal for Lava Music Publishing". Music Connection Magazine. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  12. ^ Pesce, Nicole Lyn. "How this father-daughter duo wrote 'Lulu is a Rhinoceros,' an adorable children's book about accepting yourself". MarketWatch. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  13. ^ Petronzio, Matt (4 October 2016). "Meet the millionaire music executive helping the wrongfully convicted". Mashable. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom | Lava for Good Podcasts". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Board Member Jason Flom Premieres Podcast on Wrongful Convictions". Innocence Project. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  16. ^ Barchenger, Cydney Henderson and Stacey. "Kim Kardashian returns to the White House to make the case for another convict's release". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  17. ^ "For a convicted double murderer long on famous supporters, basic detective work could be key - The Washington Post". The Washington Post. 22 April 2019. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Meek Mill Talks Criminal Justice System On 'Wrongful Conviction' Podcast". Vibe. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  19. ^ Gell, Aaron. "How a Music Mogul Became a Powerful Voice for the Wrongfully Convicted". The Vindicated. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Kim Kardashian West speaks out in favor of 'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey". ABC7 San Francisco. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  21. ^ "'Wrongful Conviction' Podcast Visits Rodney Reed on Death Row as He Awaits a Stay of Execution". Fortune. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  22. ^ Gell, Aaron. "How a Music Mogul Became a Powerful Voice for the Wrongfully Convicted". The Vindicated. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Bizzers flow to Lava prez". Variety. 12 June 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  24. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (17 July 1999). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 98.

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