Manage a variety of business affairs administration and licensing matters as part of a centralized core group on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment affiliated US labels (RCA Records, Epic Records, Columbia Records, Verity Records, etc.).
Request, negotiate, draft, review and administer various agreements in capacity of licensee and licensor on behalf of SME affiliated labels including but not limited to:
Side Artist Agreements
Master Use Licenses
Artwork Agreements (to the extent 3 rd Party consents are required)
“No Objection” Letters
Digital Promo Giveaways
Producer Dec/Grant Forms (Primarily RCA)
General Label Waivers (associated with artist appearances on TV, radio, etc.)
Review audio-visual materials to highlight any trademark, side artist, or venue issues and if necessary, negotiate and obtain clearances and/or recommend edits to video production, release planning, etc.
Create, maintain, and internally distribute a variety of status charts and reports, including but not limited to bi-weekly label/BA status reports (RCA/Col/Epic), marketing restriction report, merch rights report, etc.
Assist Business and Legal Affairs and A&R Administration departments with artist contract research.
Assist royalties with royalty account research to verify payee information and confirm various royalty obligations, including but not limited to artist, side artist, and producer royalties.
Confirm address or payee changes for roster artists.
Review (and coordinate with B&LA) contest rules associated with sweepstakes, giveaways, etc.
As necessary advise Film/TV in connection with guest artist appearances (for purposes of negotiating appropriate synch fees)
Minimum of 2 years industry experience in business affairs, licensing or entertainment law firm.
Additional skills: drafting, negotiating, business writing, multitasking, and knowledge of the music industry and intellectual property issues (e.g. copyright, trademark, etc.). Law degree recommended.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
Requires strong negotiation, time management, contract drafting and analytical skills to handle various challenges presented on a daily basis.
Supervises : Manages day-to-day activities of interns, administers and oversees intern assignments, and serves as primary intern coordinator for the department.
Internal Contacts : A&R, A&R Administration, Copyright, Corporate Legal, Marketing, Promotions, Production, Product Managers, Sample Licensing, Film & TV Licensing, Master Use Licensing, in-house Artist Attorneys, Royalties, Finance, Art, Video.
External Contacts : Outside labels, artist attorneys and management, production companies, recording, television, and movie studios, venues (e.g. concert halls, churches, etc.), and other potential licensees and licensors in connection with creative assets.
Sony Music Entertainment - 2 years ago
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and...