Benom Plumb

Associate Professor & Program Director

University of the Pacific


Speaker Bio:

Benom Plumb has music and the music business in his genes as a great-nephew to the acclaimed A&R man, composer, arranger and conductor, Neely Plumb ("Purple People Eater," & "The Sound of Music", Jefferson Airplane, Etta James). Educator, songwriter, producer and artist, Benom Plumb has been a professional in the music industry since 2006. Plumb earned his BM at the University of Texas, Arlington, and his MM in Music Business at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami.

Before joining University of the Pacific, Professor Plumb was Assistant Professor of Music Industry Studies at The University of Colorado, Denver. He has published various articles about current music industry news for Denver-based music royalty marketplace, “Royalty Exchange,” some of which have been cited in peer reviewed journals such as Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Arts' Entertainment Law Journal. Plumb’s article, An Insider Weighs in on Bluewater’s Spotify Lawsuit received national attention when it was cited and shared to national audiences by David Israelite, President of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). From 2007 to 2012, Plumb was Vice President of Licensing at Bluewater Music in Nashville. Before that, he worked as an independent licensing consultant and working drummer. During his time at Bluewater Music, Plumb coordinated all television/film licensing efforts, signing new talent, pitching songs, finding publishing royalties, negotiating various business deals, and representing the company throughout the world at industry events.

His rock band Professor Plumb; (formed in 2017) released two studio albums, The Majic Twelve (2018) and 20/20 (2020). Both albums contained original rock compositions written and produced by Plumb, who is a multi-instrumentalist on nearly every track. In April of 2020, Plumb debuted his solo electronic music project The Jolly Backbeat which combines various electronic and live instrumentations with pop/electronica influences.

Presentation Videos:

Georgia Rambler: The Life and Music of Benjamin Neely Plumb

A Day in the Life: Team Merch at Red Rocks!

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