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Jeff Heiman Memorial Fund

Jeff Heiman was a passionate trailblazer in the music and entertainment industry, recognized for his expertise in artist development, public relations, promotion, arketing, audio/video licensing, content acquisition, artist management, music production and as a radio broadcaster (KCMU, now KEXP, and KZAM on-air personality).

During his 12-year partnership in 2 Jeffs on Music, Jeff helped many musical artists stay current, grow their careers, and navigate the shifting, difficult and dramatic changes in the music business. 

Hundreds of musicians also had the opportunity to record songs for London Tone Music, a recording project in partnership with London Bridge Studios, which saw the release of a new song each week for 52 weeks.    

As a long-time member, governor, and officer of The Recording Academy (The Grammys), Jeff mentored and inspired many musical artists and served as Board President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy encompassing 5 western states, Hawaii, and British Columbia.

Jeff’s had extensive expertise with music licensing. He has served as Vice-President of Licensing and Label Relations for PlayNetwork, Inc., a global media provider of music and video for retailers, including Starbucks, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Hot Topic, Nordstrom, and Eddie Bauer. At PlayNetwork, Jeff created the still ongoing PlayLive Music Series, which featured over 130 major and developing artists in live intimate performances, including James Hunter, Rodney Crowell, Wendy Waldman, Colin Hay, Eric Bibb, Ben Taylor. Angelique Kidjo, Feist, and many others.

As Vice-President of Windham Hill Records, helped the world discover George Winston, Will Ackerman, Alex deGrassi, Michael Hedges and others. As Vice-President of Gold Castle Records, he worked with legendary artists Peter, Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Eliza Gilkyson, Karla Bonoff, and Joan Baez, finding creative ways to build fans from a new generation. Jeff served as Senior Promotion & Marketing Consultant to Music for Little People & Earthbeat! Records, working on projects with artists Sweet Honey in the Rock, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Shadowfax, Buckwheat Zydeco and Los Lobos.

After his Windham Hill days, Jeff’s deep affinity and experience mentoring singer-songwriters led him to serve as personal manager for some of the best including Bryndle (Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman. Kenny Edwards & Andrew Gold), Artie Traum and David Mallett. Working with these and other artists as an independent compilation producer, successfully assembling award-winning projects for Sony Music, Walt Disney Records, Shanachie, Rounder Records, and Narada Records.


A Northwest native (Tacoma) and University of Washington graduate, there is no doubt that Jeff’s passion and knowledge was an asset to anyone aspiring for success in the music business.


When you make a tax-deductible gift to SMASH, you directly impact our capacity to serve current members, expand programs and services, and support even more musicians in our area. 

All charitable donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of IRS guidelines. Contact your financial advisor for details. Tax ID Number 81-1717061. Donations are not designated for a specific program or initiative, and funds will be used to support SMASH's overall mission. No personal information collected by SMASH is ever shared with a third party. Learn more about our Terms & Privacy Policy. For questions contact SMASH via Email at by phone at 206.495.1285 or snail mail at PO Box 60204 Seattle, WA 98160. 

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