Director, Business & Legal Affairs - Music - PQE 2-5
A world leader in the music industry is looking to employ a full time Director, Business & Legal Affairs in London for its music publishing division. Reporting to the SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, the role will primarily involve providing legal and business affairs support to their Classical and Film & TV divisions, plus other divisions as required.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing deal proposals and drafting and negotiating administration agreements and extensions/amendments;
- Handling a wide variety of queries from the copyright, royalties/finance, publishing, promotions, theatrical licensing, synchronisation licensing and hire teams;
- Reviewing agreements between production companies and film/TV composers to verify the scope of rights acquired;
- Handling post-closing issues, including preparing agreement summaries and liaising with Copyright and Royalties teams to set up new deals and works;
- Documenting intra-group rights flows in the classical division;
- Assisting with post-closing issues when we acquire rights from composers, arrangers and other authors, including liaising with copyright and royalties, preparing contract summaries and handling the storage of digital copies of executed documents;
- Maintaining up-to-date B&H licensing and assignment templates; and
- Assisting with arrangements for the collection of reprographic income around the world;
- Working with the Business & Legal Affairs team on acquisitions of new catalogues across all musical genres, including assisting with due diligence; and
- Overseeing copyright infringement and piracy issues
Much more information will made available upon request by suitable candidates.
To be considered, you should be a qualified lawyer with 2-5yrs PQE*, from either an in-house or private practice background, with a solid understanding of copyright and moral rights. Knowledge of trade marks and data protection issues would also be valuable. You will ideally have entertainment/media industry experience, with a preference for candidates with music industry experience (ideally in music publishing). Some experience of classical music publishing, the commissioning and publishing of film and TV music and music catalogue due diligence would be helpful, though not essential.
We’re looking for someone bright, personable, commercially-minded, with good organisational and communication skills, excellent attention to detail, the tenacity to follow things through and the ability to multi-task and prioritise a busy and varied work-load; and the role would suit someone who appreciates a diverse range of musical genres and who is eager to learn and take on responsibility.
*NB: PQE levels are offered as a guide only. Our clients will accept applications from all candidates who can demonstrate the skills necessary for the role.
Interested candidates should send their CV to Nick Wasserman for consideration. All successful candidates will be contacted within 5 working days of application. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, though, we are not always able to respond directly to everyone, but we will try our very best.