Name Martin Bandier
Citizenship United States
Home town Southampton, New York
|Full Name Martin N. Bandier|
Born July 21, 1941 (age 74) (1941-07-21)
Alma mater B.A. Syracuse UniversityJ.D. Brooklyn Law School
Occupation music industry executive
Spouse(s) Denise LeFrak (divorced)Dorothy Harris
Similar People Charles Koppelman, Doug Morris, Samuel J LeFrak
Employer Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Martin N. "Marty" Bandier (born July 21, 1941) is an American music industry executive, who is the CEO of Sony/ATV.
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- NMPA 2017 Martin Bandier Accepts Lifetime Service Award
- Early life and education
- Personal life
Bandier studied at Stuyvesant High School, Syracuse University, and Brooklyn Law School. He practiced with Battle, Fowler, Jaffin and Kheel, and then became General Counsel to the LeFrak Organization. In 1991, he became chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing Worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2007 he became chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
NMPA 2017: Martin Bandier Accepts Lifetime Service Award
Early life and education
Bandier was born July 21, 1941, and grew up in Queens. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School at 16. At Syracuse University he met his first wife – Denise LeFrak, daughter of housing developer Samuel LeFrak – and majored in political science and history and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961. He then attended Brooklyn Law School, graduating in 1965.
Following graduation from Brooklyn Law School, he joined the New York firm of Battle, Fowler, Jaffin and Kheel. In 1969, Bandier became General Counsel to the LeFrak Organization, where he rose to Senior Vice President. In 1975, he formed The Entertainment Company with Sam LeFrak and Charles Koppelman as his co-principals.
In the early 1980s Bandier and Denise LeFrak divorced, and in 1984 Bandier and Koppelman dissolved their partnership with LeFrak and formed the Entertainment Music Company and the Entertainment Television Company. In 1986, the partners purchased the Combine Music Catalog. That same year, Bandier and Koppelman teamed with financier Stephen Swid to form SBK Entertainment World, Inc. and purchased the 250,000 title CBS songs catalog for the then-record price of $125 million. In 1989, Bandier helped engineer the sale of SBK's song catalog to EMI Music and the creation of SBK Records. By the end of the first year at EMI, the company was named Billboard Magazine's number one music publisher.
In 1991, EMI Music Publishing Worldwide, then the world's largest music publisher, named Bandier – until then its vice chairman – chairman and chief executive. He was also president and chief operating officer of the SBK Records Group, a record label that EMI operated with its parent. In 2005, Bandier asked EMI to sell him its publishing unit, and when it refused he resigned in 2006. A few months later he took over as head of the music publishing entity Sony/ATV. In 2009, he was chief executive of Sony/ATV. In 2007, Bandier assumed the position of chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing responsible for overseeing its global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company's long-term strategic initiatives.
In 1990, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In February 2015 he received the President's Merit Award as a Grammy Icon at the Pre Grammy Gala in Los Angeles. He was the first music publisher to receive the award.
Bandier has been married twice. His first wife was Denise LeFrak, daughter of housing developer Samuel LeFrak. They had two children before divorcing: Allison Bandier Koffman who married Jeffrey Koffman in a Jewish ceremony at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan; and Jenifer Lee Bandier who married W.J. Diggins 3d in a Jewish ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.
His second wife is Dorothy Harris. They have one son: Max Harris Bandier. Bandier is retired and lives in Palm Beach County. The couple are members of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.