Avery Lipman is the co-founder, President & Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music Group-owned Republic Records.
Lipman graduated from the University at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1988.
His music business career started with Arista Records in 1988 as an assistant to Clive Davis.
In 1991 he was appointed Business Administration Director at Sony Music International.
In 1995 he started Republic Records with his brother Monte Lipman as an independent label with a budget of $800.
Republic’s first signing was the Bloodhound Gang and Avery and Monte Lipman soon signed British group Chumbawamba in a joint venture with Universal Records. Chumbawamba’s debut album Tubthumper has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Other early Republic signings included Godsmack and 3 Doors Down.
By 2000, Lipman was named the Senior Vice President of Republic Records following the label’s acquisition by Universal Music Group and was then named President of Republic in 2001.
In 2006, Lipman became Senior Vice President of Universal Republic Records, a merger between Universal Records and Republic.
Lipman was named Co-President and COO of Universal Republic in 2008.
In 2013, Universal Music Group signed new long-term agreement with Republic Records and its founders, which saw Avery Lipman appointed to the role of President & Chief Operating Officer of Republic.
Outside of his music career, Lipman is involved in philanthropic causes such as the T.J. Martell Foundation, the UJA-Federation of New York, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and Hope for Heroism.
Over the years, Monte and Avery Lipman fostered many strategic alliances with independent labels including Cash Money Records (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga), Big Machine (Taylor Swift), Brushfire Records (Jack Johnson), Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line), Lava Records (Jessie J, Black Veil Brides), XO (The Weeknd), American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), School Boy Records (PSY) and Loma Vista (Soundgarden), among others.