Business manager

Music Icons chief executive dies at 93 – The Hollywood Reporter

Marshall Gelfand, one of the early icons of the entertainment business management industry, has passed away. He was 93 years old.

Gelfand died on April 1 surrounded by three generations of family, announced Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, the firm he founded in 1967.

Gelfand has represented a list of prominent musical clients including Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, James Taylor and Carly Simon for over half a century. After settling in New York, his company opened offices in Los Angeles and Nashville to serve the needs not only of musicians but also of the Hollywood plateau.

“Marshall Gelfand was my accountant and my business manager from my first hit record to my last number one album,” Diamond said in a statement. “For almost 50 years he was not just a trusted advisor, but a dear friend. I loved Marshall and feel like I lost a member of my family. He will be sorely missed.

Son of Russian immigrants, Gelfand was born December 14, 1927 in Claremont, New Hampshire. He served in World War II and the Korean War, including nearly two years stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Gelfand graduated from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 1950 and New York University School of Law in 1956 and worked as a lawyer before moving to business management in 1966.

Gelfand created the Judy Fund in 2004 in memory of his wife, Judy, who died of Alzheimer’s disease. According to an announcement, it has raised over $ 9 million and is the largest family fund in the history of the Alzheimer’s Association. His namesake company, which joined Focus Financial Partners in 2017, is now run by Marshall’s son, Todd Gelfand.

“My family and I, along with the entire GR&F team, mourn the loss of my father,” Todd said in a statement. “His legacy at GR&F and The Judy Fund remains as strong as the day he founded the two. If a measure of a person’s life can be determined by how they were loved and the positive impact they had on the world around them, then there is no doubt that my father lived a rich, happy and successful life.

Gelfand is survived by his children, Todd (Doreen), Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns (Richard) and Dean Loring Gelfand (Marcie), eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He will be buried alongside his wife in a private family ceremony at the Wiefels & Son Mortuary in Palm Springs.