Speaker Profile

Julie Swidler
EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel / Sony Music Entertainment

As one of the most powerful dealmakers in music today, Julie Swidler brings a rare depth of insight and acumen to her role as executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel for Sony Music Entertainment. Repeatedly featured on Billboard’s “Women in Music,” “Power 100” lists, and honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation, Ms. Swidler was the first label executive to receive the Grammy Foundation’s ELI Service Award in 2016, given to music attorneys for advancing and supporting the music community through service. Julie oversees the company’s legal, business affairs and governmental matters on a global level, yet approaches all decision-making with a careful dedication to helping the music industry and its artists to flourish and thrive over the long term. Since becoming head of business affairs and general counsel at Sony Music in 2008, she has advised the company’s labels and operating units on everything from strategic negotiations and artist contracts to litigation and joint venture operations. Building off her instinctive savvy with a passion for mastering the latest issues affecting the music world, Julie has played a central role in such major undertakings as Sony Music’s acquisition of Ultra and in the launch of “Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary.”