David B. Brown

Chief Music Business Instructor


Since graduating from University of Michigan in 2003, David Brown has spent the past decade advising and counseling various distinguished entertainment groups and creative professionals in New York City, Los Angeles, and Detroit.  In addition, Mr. Brown has pursued various innovative business ventures, developing projects that range from music business start-up companies to unique hospitality industry concepts.  His passion for imaginative business planning and artistic innovation has motivated him to be at the forefront of client representation for both corporate and individual clients alike.

David Brown began his career working as an intern in New York City for legendary music public relations specialist and music manager Wendy Laister of Laister Dickson and Magus Entertainment. Laister’s company client base has included such artists as Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, and Tina Turner, among many others. In 2009, Mr. Brown earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles with a focus in entertainment law, receiving a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the study of the Music Publishing Industry.  Throughout law school and as a practicing attorney thereafter, he studied and worked under some of the most prestigious business and entertainment lawyers in the country.  While living in Los Angeles, Mr. Brown worked with a wide array of clients, including independent music labels, renowned event production companies, Grammy Award winning artists, and acclaimed hospitality professionals.  As a consultant for a music business start-up company, he drafted and negotiated agreements for songwriters and producers who have worked on tracks with artists such as Pink, 50 Cent, CeeLo Green, Beck, and Bon Jovi to name a few. Mr. Brown’s work as a Music Business Instructor at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and his pro bono services denotes the dedication to his practice areas and the desire to share with the community.

In 2014, David Brown decided to return home to the Metropolitan Detroit area.  Observing the rich creative community and limitless business opportunities that continue to grow throughout the greater Detroit region has inspired Mr. Brown to play his part in the rejuvenation of the city.  With his extensive network in major cities throughout the United States, he is well equipped to assist clients locally and on a national scale.  Mr. Brown is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of California.