No. 26

Director of music partnerships, Google Play/Android


Zahavah Levine has worked in digital music licensing for almost as long as there has been digital music. As senior counsel of from 2001 to 2003, Levine helped secure rights from all major labels for its Rhapsody music service. After RealNetworks purchased Listen in 2003, she became Real’s director of music licensing. In 2006, she joined YouTube as its general counsel and VP of business affairs, hammering out the business models and licensing structures that currently funnel hundreds of millions of dollars annually to music rights owners. As director of content partnerships, a position she’s held for the last three years, Levine has been instrumental in negotiating the licenses for Google Play’s download store, its All Access music service and its scan-and-match locker service. Today, the three products are available in 21 countries across four continents. Her advice for women trying to break into music: “Be great at what you do. That requires passion, collaboration and creativity, honest communication, and the strength to stick to your guns when you’re right, and to change your views when you’re wrong.” —Alex Pham