VP, Royalties
WMG - Warner Music Group - New York, NY

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With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group 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. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

Department Description:

Royalties department is responsible for calculating and processing timely and accurate royalties to our artists and defending against royalty audits.

High Level Job Description:

Manage the US royalty department, which includes a bi-coastal staff pool of over 100 full time employees. Liaise with label finance and business affairs on key accounting and artist issues and continue to look for opportunities to provide improved service to our internal and external customers.

Detailed Job Description/ Responsibilities:
  • Supervise a bi-coastal staff of professionals to ensure worldwide artist, publisher and union royalty and contract compliance for WMG’s U.S. recorded music labels.
  • Hire, train and supervise staff in all areas of responsibilities.
  • Ensure existing royalty systems adapt to changing music business environment in all areas and digital initiatives.
  • Liaise with label business affairs and finance departments to assist them in managing their royalty obligations, as well as strengthening artist and union relationships.
  • Oversee artist, publisher and union audit settlements in conjunction with label Business Affairs and Finance groups.
  • Coordinate with Corporate Finance and Legal groups on issues impacting all US labels.
  • Liaise with internal and external audit as necessary.
  • Supervise the ongoing implementation of ARS royalty system.

Required Competencies/Skills:
  • At least 10-12 years experience in royalty processing and accounting including all legal aspects involving artist contracts
  • Ability to communicate with both Legal and Finance executives at the U.S. labels, International and Corporate
  • Excellent communication skills

Special Requirements/Preferences:
  • Accounting/Finance experience

Education Required/Preferred:
  • Bachelor’s degree

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