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Manager, Business & Legal Affairs


New York, NY 04-29-2024
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Job Description

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 960,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, and represents some of the world's most talented music creators. Founded and governed by songwriters, composers and publishers, it is the only performing rights organization in the US that operates on a not-for-profit basis. ASCAP licenses a repertory of over 19 million musical works to hundreds of thousands of businesses that use music, including streaming services, cable television, radio and satellite radio and brick and mortar businesses such as retail stores, hotels, clubs, restaurants and bars. ASCAP collects the licensing fees; identifies, matches and processes trillions of performances every year; and returns nearly 90 cents of every dollar back to its members as royalties. The ASCAP blanket license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. ASCAP puts music creators first, advocating for their rights and the value of music on Capitol Hill, driving innovation that moves the industry forward, building community and providing the resources and support that creators need to succeed in their careers. Learn more and stay in touch at , on X and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook .

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Job Title: Manager, Business & Legal Affairs

Department: Business & Legal Affairs (BALA)

Location: New York, NY

Reports to: SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

Direct Reports: None

Summary of Role Description:

The Manager, Business and Legal Affairs position is responsible for handling a wide variety of tasks related to judgments against members and other legal matters, including, but not limited to: responding to IRS levies, liens, child support orders, process to collect judgments against members served on ASCAP; setting up third party payments in accordance with ASCAP's obligations under levies, court orders and judgments; and assisting with all third-party discovery including responses to subpoenas and document requests. This list of responsibilities often requires an urgency to resolve matters within short time constraints. This role also involves a significant amount of communication directly with members involving sensitive legal and financial issues.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: List the main duties of the position, providing percentage of time allocated to each principle function:


1. Third Party Payments (70%)
• Receive and respond to a high volume of IRS tax levies, State tax levies, child support orders, bankruptcies, and other legal judgments against or encumbrances on ASCAP's member's royalties.
• Communicate with state, federal, and local government employees regarding ASCAP's receipt of, and action taken in response to, such levies, orders, and other legal instructions.
• Process a high volume of reissued levies and levy/lien releases.
• Correspondence with members regarding sensitive financial and legal issues.
• Maintain paper and electronic records relating to levies, liens, judgments, encumbrances, and court orders.

2. Subpoena Document Retrieval (30%)
• Assist attorney(s) with responding to subpoenas and other similar legal or formal requests or demands for information.
• Retrieve, review, and organize large amounts of data for production under rigid deadlines.
• Access all technical data retrieval resources available to any ASCAP employee in furtherance of the above.
• Assist with preparing documents for production in response to a subpoena (e.g., organizing and electronically Bates labeling documents to be produced).

Qualifications & Requirements: Skills, knowledge, and abilities required to successfully perform in this position.
• Experience drafting and/or reviewing legal documents (e.g., court documents and agreements)
• Proven written and oral communication/advisement skills, with specific experience communicating rules, regulations, and/or policies;
• Demonstrated experience handling demanding and time-sensitive matters;
• Self-motivated and able to handle projects independently from start-to-finish
• Interest in working in a fast-paced, rewarding position with a first-in-class legal team;
• Background in Music, Publishing and/or Performing Rights preferred;
• Experience working with Salesforce and similar information databases (such as PREP) preferred;
• Strong proficiency in Word and Excel;
• Detail oriented and organized;
• Bachelor's degree required; and
• Paralegal certification a plus
Occasional travel for in-person meetings may be required.

Please be aware that ASCAP is not a nut-free or other allergen-free workplace.

ASCAP is an equal opportunity employer. All ASCAP employment decisions are made on the basis of individual qualifications and performance and not on the basis of race, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, genetic information, disability, handicap, color, creed, religion, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

The anticipated base salary range for this position is $65,000.00 to $75,000.00 and will be determined on an individualized basis depending on several factors that are unique to each candidate including geographic location (due to differences in the cost of labor), skills, education and prior relevant experience.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r0xxk6-44-213-60-33-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary Range: $65,000 to $75,000 Per Year ($ USD)
Company Profile

ASCAP is home to more than 790,000 music writer and publisher members across all genres - the greatest names in music, and thousands more in the early stages of their careers. We are the world leader in performance royalties, advocacy, and service for music writers and publishers, and are the only PRO in the US run by its members including songwriters, composers, and music publishers.