The Info List - Mo Ostin

Mo Ostin (born March 27, 1927) is an American record executive who has worked for several companies, including Verve, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records, and DreamWorks. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 by Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Lorne Michaels. He is known among his colleagues[who?] as the most artist-friendly executive in the music business.[citation needed]


1 Biography 2 Philanthropy 3 References 4 External links


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Ostin began his career in the mid-1950s at Clef Records, soon to be renamed Verve, where he was involved with Jazz At The Philharmonic, a worldwide concert promotion operation that provided a live performance platform for the label's touring stars. Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
tried and failed to buy Verve, which was eventually sold to MGM Records. Sinatra was reportedly so impressed by the company's artists and management style that he formed his own Reprise Records
Reprise Records
in 1960 and hired Ostin to head it. In 1963, Reprise joined forces with Warner Bros.[1] Ostin spent 32 years at Warner/Reprise. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the independent Elektra label by Warner Communications as well as the subsequent formation of WEA Corporation and WEA International. Recognized as an industry titan, he served as chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America for a two-year term. After departing Warner Bros., in 1994, he went on to found the music division of the entertainment conglomerate DreamWorks
SKG. In 2003, Ostin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Three years later he received The Recording Academy President's Merit Award at the 2006 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons.[citation needed] A graduate of UCLA, Ostin and his late wife Evelyn played a critical role in establishing the university's Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. The Mo Ostin Basketball Center, a state of the art training facility is now under construction.[citation needed] Philanthropy[edit] In May 2011, Ostin donated $10 million to his alma mater UCLA, where he earned an economics degree, for a state-of-the-art campus music facility known as the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. He presently sits on the UCLA
Board of Visitors for the UCLA
School of Arts, and the USC Board of Advisors for the Thornton School of Music.[citation needed] In March 2015, Ostin donated $10 million to UCLA
for a new basketball training facility, which will be called the Mo Ostin Basketball Center.[2] References[edit]

^ " Mo Ostin Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". Rockhall.com. Retrieved 2017-07-14.  ^ " UCLA
Athletics Announces Plans for New Basketball Practice Facility". UCLABruins.com. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 

External links[edit]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum: Hall of Fame: Mo Ostin

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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The Clash
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Elvis Costello
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The Police
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The Righteous Brothers
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