Benom Plumb

Benom Plumb

Associate Professor
Program Director for Music Industry Studies & Music Management

Educator, author, songwriter, producer and music business professional, Benom Plumb has the music business in his genes. A music industry professional since 2006, Plumb is the great-nephew to the acclaimed record producer and A&R man, Neely Plumb (Purple People Eater, “The Sound of Music,” Jefferson Airplane, Juan Esquivel, Neal Hefti’s “Batman Theme”). He recently authored a book based on Neely Plumb’s memoir titled “Georgia Rambler: The Life and Music of Neely Plumb.” The book is slated for publication in fall 2024 through University Press of Mississippi.

Before arriving at University of the Pacific in 2020, Plumb was assistant professor of music industry studies at The University of Colorado Denver. He also worked at Red Rocks Amphitheater on concert merchandise for touring artists such as Billie Eilish, 21 Pilots and Kasey Musgraves. From 2007 to 2012, Plumb was vice president of licensing at Bluewater Music in Nashville, TN. During his time at Bluewater, he led all TV/film music licensing projects, signing new talent, pitching songs to artists, finding publishing royalties, negotiating various business deals and representing the company throughout the world at music industry events. 

Plumb is a professional member of The Recording Academy (San Francisco Chapter) and has published various articles about music industry topics. He has been cited in the peer reviewed journals such as Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (Yeshiva University), Sports and Entertainment Law Journal (University of Virginia), and Media and Entertainment Law Journal (Fordham University). Plumb has also been quoted as a music publishing and music licensing expert by Marketplace (American Public Media), the National Music Publishers Association, The Takeaway (WNYC) and The Denver Post.

Plumb’s creative music endeavors include a rock project under the fitting name “Professor Plumb,” and an electronic/beat-making music project called “The Jolly Backbeat.” His rock music has been featured in The CW network TV show “Legacies,” as well as in the PlayStation/Oculus virtual reality video game “Drums Rock.” “The Jolly Backbeat” lo-fi instrumental track “California Moon” has received user-generated Spotify playlist attention garnering thousands of streams.

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BM, the University of Texas, Arlington

MM in Music Business, Frost School of Music, University of Miami