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Justin Shukat

Partner - GM,
Primary Wave Music Publishing
New York, NY, USA
@_PrimaryWave_
Justin Shukat is a founding partner and General Manager at Primary Wave Music Publishing. Justin oversees all areas of Primary Wave's synch exploitation, its licensing platform, www.thinkmusic.net and the company's website. He is responsible for new writer signings and content acquisitions and works closely with the current writer roster to facilitate recordings within the industry. Focusing on new marketing initiatives, Justin is currently developing a series of entertainment properties that leverage Primary Waves copyrights. His music career began at The Montreux Jazz Festival and was followed by various positions at Walter Yetnikoff's Velvel Records. Justin then moved on to senior marketing positions at both Arista and Epic Records. During that time Mr. Shukat worked with top-selling artists including Avril Lavigne, Carlos Santana, Toni Braxton, Run D.M.C, Judas Priest, Tori Amos and Outkast.


Primary Wave is one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing and talent management companies in the United States founded in 2006 by Larry Mestel. It is a global music company that markets its unique publishing repertoire, which includes an interest in the Beatles songs written by John Lennon, the catalogs of Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, Steven Tyler/Aerosmith, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Chicago, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Def Leppard, Steve Earle, Daniel Johnston, Marvin Hamlisch, The Matrix, Lamont Dozier and Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as artists such as Airborne Toxic Event, Albert Hammond Jr., John Forte, The Boxer Rebellion, New Boyz, Taddy Porter, Anberlin, writers such as Gregg Alexander, Ryan & Smitty, LP, RoccStar, among others; as well as marketing and administration agreements with Gregg Allman, Jimmy Webb, Katrina and The Waves, Graham Parker, Evolution Entertainment/Twisted Pictures, Hammer Films, Matt Serletic and Emblem Music Group, and many others. Additionally, Primary Wave Talent Management manages artists such as CeeLo Green, Eric Benet, Ginuwine, Trevor Jackson, Alien Ant Farm, District 3, as well as writers/producers such as The Underdogs, Shy Carter, Barrett Yeretsian, Matty Trump, Troy “Radio” Johnson and Ali Tamposi. Primary Wave also has an in-house branding company Brand Synergy Group head by Jeff Straughn, digital marketing company BrightShop, touring division and a Television & Film production / development team, which all support the management and publishing artist roster as well as retaining third party clients. Primary Wave is based in New York with offices in Los Angeles, CA and London.