Caroline Bienstock

Abe Olman Publisher Award

Caroline Bienstock is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlin America, Inc., the company her late father, music publishing titan Freddy Bienstock, named for her. She is currently celebrating her 28th year with the family business.

A New York City native, Caroline was reared in the music business by Freddy and her mother, Miriam, one of the original founders of Atlantic Records.  She graduated cum laude from Yale College before earning her JD at Boston University School of Law.  Caroline then worked as an associate at the New York office of the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson.  Subsequently, she earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and then worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. before beginning her tenure at Carlin America.

In her capacity as Carlin America’s CEO, Caroline oversees and is responsible for all aspects of the family’s music publishing business, including catalog growth, licensing, administration and writer development, the organization-wide expansion into film music acquisitions and the Carlin operation in Nashville.

Caroline is a member of the Board of Directors of both the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). She is a past Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), having served on that Board for over fifteen years.  Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. She is also a Member of both the Copyright Society and the Entertainment and Sports Law section of the New York State Bar Association.