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Jason Flom

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 c. 1961)[citation needed] 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.


In 1979, while a college freshman at New York University,  Flom got a job as a trainee field merchandiser at Atlantic Records hanging record posters in stores. In 1981, he moved to the sales research team and, in 1983, into Atlantic's A & R department.

At 20, Flom departed NYU to work full-time at Atlantic. Bands he signed at the time included Skid Row.

In mid April 1994 Jason listened to Hootie & The Blowfish’s debut album and said it was “unreleasable” and tried to pass on one of the all time best selling albums.

In 1995, Flom launched Lava Records in partnership with Atlantic Records.

In 2004, Flom sold Lava Records to Atlantic Records Group, where he was named Chairman and CEO of the Atlantic Records Group.

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. In 2007 he signed Katy Perry, among others.

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. In 2013, Flom signed Lorde to Lava, which released her debut single, "Royals".

Flom founded Lava Publishing in 2014, which has published writing from Evan Konrad, Maty Noyes, 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.


In 1993, he joined the board of Families Against Mandatory Minimums and soon after became a founding Board Member of the Innocence Project. 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. Notable guests on the podcast include Kim Kardashian, John Grisham, Meek Mill, Amanda Knox, Raymond Santana, Brendan Dassey, and Rodney Reed, 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. 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 received the "Torch of Liberty" award from the American Civil Liberties Union in 1999. He was named "Music Visionary of the Year" in 2000 by the UJA Federation. In 2004, The Correctional Association of New York honored him with their social justice award and in 2005 Flom received the T.J. Martell Foundation "Humanitarian Award." In 2008 Flom was honored as "Partner in Pursuit of Justice" by the Bronx Defenders and was awarded with City of Hope's "Ambassador Award." He received the Innocence Project's "Award for Freedom and Justice" in 2009 and the "Spirit of Life" award by Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in 2014. Flom was honored by The Innocence Project of New Orleans in 2017. At the 2022 Clio Awards, Flom was presented a Clio Music Impact Award for his work in criminal justice reform.

2021 saw Flom's company, Lava for Good, honored with a Webby Award win in the Crime & Justice category for Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions. In 2022, Lava for Good won a Silver Anthem Award for Human & Civil Rights - Best Strategy.

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