VACO/Warner Music
  • 12-Feb-2018 to 13-Apr-2018 (EST)
  • Nashville, TN, USA
  • Full Time

With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group ("WMG") is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros., as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide. 


Organization Description:

The U.S. Shared Services organization is based in WMG's Center of Excellence for Shared Services in Nashville, Tennessee (the "Center").  The Center consists of five departments: Licensing, Analysis, Finance, Legal, and Reporting.  Employees of the Center provide services to all of WMG's U.S. record labels, Warner-Chappell Music Publishing, WEA Corp. and Alternative Distribution Alliance (WMG's distribution companies), and WMG's other U.S. business units.


Department Description:

  • The U.S. Shared Services Publishing Licensing Department provides publishing and other licensing and related administrative services to each of WMG's U.S. record labels (including those operated by the Atlantic Records, Rhino Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, and Warner Music Nashville), along with those WMG labels and affiliates based outside the U.S. that wish to release records or recordings in the U.S. (including Parlophone and Warner Music Classics). The Department's services include the following:  
  • securing from music publishers any and all rights required in order for WMG's U.S. record labels to exploit any musical compositions embodied in the sound recordings and records that those record labels release,
  • negotiating the corresponding mechanical and other licenses covering those musical composition rights, and
  • paying music publishers the corresponding mechanical rates and other license advances, fees, and/or other royalties in an accurate and timely manner
  • Members of the Department work closely with Legal, Finance, Reporting, Production, Operations, and Marketing departments to fulfill the above-referenced responsibilities for the recordings released by WMG labels.


High Level Job Description: 

The candidate hired to fill this position will be responsible for negotiating and securing mechanical, New Digital Media, and other publishing licenses covering WMG's exploitation of the musical compositions embodied in the records and recordings that WMG releases.  The candidate will be responsible for overseeing all of the day to day administration responsibilities of the Team members, and supporting Team members by problem solving and monitoring performance.


Detailed Job Description/ Responsibilities:

  • Review, negotiate and secure mechanical and other publishing licenses covering the exploitation of musical compositions embodied on recordings and records that WMG wishes to release;
  • Analyze and apply the mechanical licensing and other related royalty provisions in WMG's agreements with its recording artists and producers and in other agreements between songwriters and their publishing companies and administrators;
  • Maintain and update WMG activities related to NMPA Late Fee Program and monitor MOU action items;
  • Liaise with other departments within WMG's Center and with WMG's record labels, as needed, to perform the tasks described above (g., to obtain copies of artist recording agreements, album track lists, label production schedules);
  • Respond to inquiries from music publishers and other music publishing rights administrators regarding compositions contained within WMG recordings;
  • Assist with training and supervision of Team members;
  • Perform ad-hoc projects for Senior Management;
  • Work closely with the Center's Reporting Department to track the receipt of advances, license fees, royalties and other payments from third party licensees;
  • Coordinate project prioritization with Senior Management to facilitate mechanical licensing and payments.


Required Competencies/Skills:

  • Candidate must be able to work well independently and as part of a team;
  • Candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Candidate must possess strong analytical, mathematical and organizational skills;
  • Candidate must be able to meet deadlines consistently and effectively while working under pressure;
  • Candidate must be able to manage multiple assignments at any given time and prioritize them effectively and appropriately;
  • Candidate will ideally have familiarity with various industry-wide activities involving publishing licensing, such as the NMPA Late Fee Settlement Program;
  • Candidate must have strong computer skills, including strong proficiency using Microsoft Office applications; familiarity with Microsoft Access is preferred, but not required;
  • Candidate must possess comprehensive working knowledge of mechanical royalty system functionality;
  • Candidate must have a solid understanding of U.S. Copyright Law and its role within the record industry today.


Education Required/Preferred:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience managing multiple individuals.
  • Minimum 5+ years' experience working in a position or positions involving the administration of mechanical or other publishing royalties.

Our Company is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national Origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, or any other legal recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws and the Company complies with all applicable reasonable accommodation requirements which such laws may require.  Accordingly, please inform the Company's Human Resources representative if you need an accommodation in order for you to complete any employment application-related forms or otherwise to participate in the application or selection process for the position for which you are applying. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity and will enable applicants to participate in the application and selection process and for employees to perform the essential functions of their jobs without imposing undue hardship on our Company.   The Company also will make reasonable accommodations to an applicants or employee's religious beliefs and practices as may be required by law, unless an undue hardship would result. 


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VACO/Warner Music
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