Justin Kalifowitz

CEODowntown Music Holdings

Co-founder, NY is Music


Justin Kalifowitz is founder and CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, a global music company that owns and operates Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust®, AVL Digital Group, and Downtown Music Studios. Through its portfolio companies, Downtown is the world’s leading provider of end-to-end services to artists, songwriters, labels, music publishers and other rights holders. Managing millions of music copyrights across its various companies, representing more than one million artists, labels, and other rights holder companies, Downtown’s catalog spans more than 100 years of popular music, including music for film and television, and the single largest independent sound recording catalogs in the industry.


Born and raised in New York, Kalifowitz is a graduate of the City University of New York—Baruch College and is co-founder of NY is Music, a non-profit coalition dedicated to advancing the importance of music in economic development, culture, and education in New York State.