Neil Lasher Wiki – Neil Lasher Biography
Neil Lasher, who became best known as an intervention specialist in the 2010s after decades in the music industry, has died from coronavirus complications. He was 73.
Neil Lasher Age
He was 73 years old
Neil Lasher Career
“Neil has built an extraordinary career spanning more than 30 years in the music industry, and a parallel career in the field of substance abuse where his name has become synonymous with recovery and survival,” Neil Portnow, then the president-CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares, said prior to the 2012 honor for Lasher.
With more than three decades of experience in the music industry, Lasher had gone on from being a disc jockey and radio promotion executive to focusing on the publishing side. In his later years he was a senior consultant for Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York. He also served as VP of promotion, marketing and artist relations at EMI Music Publishing.
Neil Lasher Death and Cause
Music industry veteran Neil Lasher has died from complications related to Covid-19. He was 73.
Lasher had reportedly been admitted to a Connecticut hospital almost two weeks ago and spent nine days on a ventilator.
Neil Lasher was a patient at DANBURY HOSPITAL in DANBURY, CT and was admitted for COVID-19 care nearly two weeks ago. He’d spend nine days on a ventilator when he passed away. His longtime girlfriend JILL JORDAN was there by his side.
Lasher was a consultant for Sony/ATV in the latter part of his career.
“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Neil’s family and friends, which include many of us at Sony/ATV mourning this devastating loss,” said Jon Platt, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV. “His passionate work as a music executive led him to his true purpose, helping others, and we are forever grateful for Neil and his legacy.”
Creative Industries Federation’s appeal
The Creative Industries Federation, the membership body for the UK’s creative sector, has sent an open letter to government calling for urgent grant support for creative businesses and charities who ‘fall between the gaps’.
The Federation welcomed the business support measures announced by the government, but suggested they will not reach a large proportion of creative businesses and charities, many of whom have lost 100% of their income due to the fallout from Covid-19.
Caroline Norbury, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The crux of it is that creative businesses need money now, and they can’t wait another month. Through no fault of their own, many creative industries businesses are on the brink of collapse – with all the economic knock-on effects and hardship that entails. And more will follow. Government must act rapidly to get grants to where they are needed most.
“The creative industries are one of the UK’s biggest success stories – previously growing at five times the rate of the wider economy. The creative sector will be critical to driving the UK’s economic recovery – and transforming lives for the better in every community – as we re-build. It is essential to ensure that the UK doesn’t become a cultural wasteland post Covid-19.”
“Neil was a kind and gentle soul who cared deeply about his friends as well as total strangers,” Jason Flom, who has headed up several record labels and now leads Lava Publishing, wrote on Instagram. “Rest in peace my friend, you are gone but not forgotten.”
“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Neil’s family and friends, which include many of us at Sony/ATV mourning this devastating loss,” said Jon Platt, chairman-CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, in a statement. Lasher had worked as a consultant for Sony/ATV in his later years. “His passionate work as a music executive led him to his true purpose, helping others, and we are forever grateful for Neil and his legacy.”
Jacob Fain, senior VP of A&R artist development at Sony/ATV, paid tribute to Lasher on social media. “I had the pleasure of working with Neil for over a decade and our work together on MusiCares was some of my most memorable together,” wrote Fain on Instagram. “A true music man from every fiber, Neil lived and breathed a passion for our business that few have and his respect for songwriters and artists ran deep. He was a loving partner and a friend to all he met. Those who had the pleasure of knowing him were all the better for it. Our world will be forever changed by this virus, but we will return to normal soon enough. However, as we do, there will be one thing missing. Uncle Neil won’t be here.”