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, and The Drug Policy Alliance. He is known as the 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.
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 2007 Flom donated $100,000 to The Bronx Freedom Fund, the first charitable bail organization licensed in New York State that helps meet the bail obligations of people facing misdemeanor charges who lack the funds to secure their freedom. In 2011, he donated $1 million to the Innocence Project to establish a senior litigation position in honor of his late father Joseph Flom.
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.” He received the T.J. Martell Foundation “Humanitarian Award” in 2005. In 2008 Flom was awarded with City of Hope’s “Ambassador Award.” In May 2015, Flom served as Chairman of the Innocence Project’s annual gala, “A Celebration of Freedom and Justice.”