Matthew Katz

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Matthew Katz (born 1929)[1] is an American music manager and producer, most notable as the former manager of Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape[2] and It's a Beautiful Day. Katz was also one of the vanguard litigants in the famous Napster litigation, where he fought to protect property rights of music publishers.[3] He is the owner of Matthew Katz Productions.


Katz commenced his career in music in the 1960s, as the manager of three San Francisco-based bands, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape and It's A Beautiful Day.

Katz is also the owner of San Francisco Sound Records, which has released original or licensed material by Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, It's a Beautiful Day and Tim Hardin, among others.[4] The company released Unforgiven (1981), the last recordings of Tim Hardin.

Other groups that Katz worked with include Tripsichord Music Box and a group from Seattle originally named "West Coast Natural Gas," which Katz renamed "Indian, Puddin' & Pipe."[5]

Katz opened two different music showcases named "San Francisco Sound". The Seattle location was in a building on Capitol Hill originally named The Encore Ballroom and operated between 1967 and 1969. It is now a Public Storage warehouse. The other location was in Tottenville, Staten Island in New York City.[6]

Katz was a candidate for city council of Malibu, California in April 2010.[7][8]