Jeffrey Izzo is Assistant Professor and Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies. Prior to joining the CSUN Music Department he taught copyright, publishing, record contracts, artist management, and other music and entertainment legal and business courses at Middle Tennessee State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, the University of Memphis, and New England School of Law. Before he entered full-time teaching, Jeff spent over 20 as an entertainment and media attorney, representing songwriters, performers, independent record companies, authors, and filmmakers, as well as working as general counsel for a Seattle multi-media organization. He earned his Juris Doctor at Seattle University School of Law, and is admitted to the bar in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Washington.
Jeff is a contributing author to the book Music Entrepreneurship, and co-author of Introduction To the Music Industry: West Coast Edition. He has also presented at several national and international academic conferences, including the 2018 International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences Arts & Humanities Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was the Keynote Speaker.
In addition to being an entertainment lawyer, Jeff is an accomplished composer, lyricist, vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and bass player. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee School of Music and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Edinburgh (where he studied with British composer Nigel Osborne), and has composed everything from pop songs and jingles to symphonic, chamber, and choral works -- but his passion remains music for the stage. His works in that realm include composing and music directing numerous works for children's theatre, an original score for Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children (performed in April 2013 at Minnesota State University Moorhead), and his current collaboration with a New York based playwright on a full-length book musical (presently in workshop development). Jeff is an ASCAP composer/publisher affiliate and a member of numerous entertainment and academic organizations, including The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Dramatists Guild, The Songwriter’s Guild of America, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the College Music Society.