Kevin Liles

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300 Entertainment

Over three decades, Kevin Liles has ensured his place in music history by leading iconic entertainment and media brands through the revolutionary changes of the digital age. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, his entrepreneurial instincts helped major labels like Def Jam and WMG diversify and survive the complete disruption and digitization of revenue, distribution, and marketing. Today, with the music industry returned to solid footing, he serves as co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment, a digital-first label that achieved more than 100 RIAA gold, platinum and multiplatinum-certified singles and over 16 billion cumulative streams in its first five years.

Liles is well-respected among peers across media and entertainment, and has been lauded as “one of the keenest minds in music” by Forbes. Among other industry honors, he holds an annual place on Billboard’s “Power 100” list. Liles has been recognized for his contributions to culture and communities across the world from Baltimore – where the street he grew up on and high school stadium bear his name – to Paris, where he’s a recipient of “Médaille de la Ville de Paris,” the city’s highest honor. To pass on his wisdom and experience to the next generation of entrepreneurs, he authored New York Times best-seller “Make It Happen: The Hip Generation Guide to Success.”

In his spare time, Liles is a dedicated philanthropist, focused on giving to caused connected to education, youth entrepreneurship, and his hometown of Baltimore. He oversees charities such as Kevin Liles For a Better Baltimore and The Make It Happen Foundation. Liles served as Chair of Morgan State University’s most recent capital campaign that raised $254 million, where he holds a honorary doctorate. At home, he’s a devoted husband and father of four.

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