David Alan Sonenberg is an American music manager, and the founder of the music management company DAS Communications. Born and raised in New York, Sonenberg received a degree in Theater at Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate at Harvard Law School.
Sonenberg joined the entertainment law firm of Weissberger & Frosch where he represented Broadway and OffBroadway musical productions including Hair, Godspell and Cabaret. Sonenberg then established his own law firm and began DAS Communications Ltd., a fullservice entertainment management company located in New York City. DAS’s first management project, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, set an industry record for a debut album with worldwide record sales to date of more than 50 million.
Clients of DAS Communications include Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Iovine, The Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Kesha, The Pretty Reckless, Prince Royce and Sean Paul. To date, artists represented by DAS Communications have written, produced, and performed recordings with sales totaling in excess of 300 million records worldwide.
DAS Ventures Ltd., another of the DAS family of companies, entered into agreements with Yoko Ono and the Estate of John Lennon in 1997, which culminated in the launch of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
1997 also saw the release of Sonenberg’s first film project, the acclaimed documentary When We Were Kings about boxer Muhammad Ali, for which Sonenberg received an Academy Award.