Our Story

Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is a leading independent music publisher. Over the past six years, Downtown’s catalog has grown to include over 60,000 copyrights, including the works of John Lennon & Yoko Ono, hard rock legends Mötley Crüe, renowned film composer Hans Zimmer, influential punk rockers Social Distortion, pop songstress Ellie Goulding and the critically acclaimed artist and actor Mos Def. Downtown writers have penned hit singles for artists such as Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, & Rihanna. Recently, Billboard Magazine recognized this chart success by ranking the company as one of the top ten music publishers in the United States.

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Meet the Team

In an era of rapid consolidation, Downtown has chosen to invest not only in exceptional music, but in key staff and technology. Our team includes experienced music publishers from a broad range of backgrounds including music supervision, label A&R, performing rights and global administration. With a favorable “song to staff” ratio, Downtown provides custom music publishing solutions, redefining the role of a traditional music publisher into a broader rights management business.

Justin Kalifowitz President, Downtown Music Publishing

Justin Kalifowitz is a 12 year veteran of the music publishing business. Prior to joining Downtown in 2007, Kalifowitz was Head of A&R at Spirit Music Publishing where he was named to Billboard’s “30 Under 30” top executives and previously held positions at RCA & Virgin Records.

Andrew Bergman Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Downtown Music Publishing

Joining the company in 2008, Andrew Bergman oversees business affairs and general operations. Bergman began his career in Business Affairs at Island Records and was a partner with law firms Roberts & Ritholz LLP and Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes.

Dan Lieblein Chief Financial Officer, Downtown Music Publishing

Downtown’s CFO, Dan Lieblein, oversees all financial and royalty operations at the Company. Formally the CFO of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, October Films & USA Films, Lieblien joined Downtown in 2010.

Creative Services

Downtown’s expert Creative Services team, led by Senior Vice President Jedd Katrancha, pulls from a shared history covering music supervision, licensing and major label A&R.

Global Administration

Overseen by Vice President Sean McGraw, the Global Administration team includes executives from leading publishing, performing rights, and digital licensing agencies.


The Downtown Royalties team is led by Young Hwang, a 20-year veteran of leading independent music publishers including BMG Rights Management, Cherry Lane and Music Sales.

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Downtown Music Services

Branded as “Downtown Music Services”, we have positioned our licensing division as the premier destination for content creators to find the best emerging and established music. Managed by a team of executives with backgrounds in music supervision, advertising, and licensing, Downtown works to match its clients’ interests with a broad range of media. In addition to traditional placement in film, TV, advertising, and video games, Downtown excels in digital and mobile licensing, product placement, merchandising, and integrated brand partnerships.

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Downtown Music Studios

Downtown clients have access to our world-class recording facility. The studio brings together modern and vintage gear, state of the art design, and uncompromising client service for an unequaled recording experience.

The studios were designed by Martin Pilchner of the renowned design firm Pilchner-Schoustal.

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Songtrust, a leading provider of B2B rights management software, is the music technology division of Downtown Music Publishing. The company’s engineering team has developed a range of proprietary applications that power Downtown’s administration and creative platforms. In addition, Songtrust has developed the world’s first self-service publishing administration solution for emerging songwriters and artists.

Music & Strategy is Downtown’s in-house music strategy division. Established in 2011, MAS is a joint-venture with leading music supervision firm Clearsongs (Entourage, Black Swan, Smash). MAS provides a range of music strategy, licensing and original composition services to leading consumer, fashion and technology companies such as Apple, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Kraft, Microsoft and Zynga.

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