Full Time Job

Music Licensing Supervisor


Bristol, CT 03-19-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description

Works under the general direction of Sr. Music Director to develop workflows, systems and policy for music licensing, copyright management and administration. Supervises the Music Licensing Coordinator and Assistants workload, projects and workflow to develop efficiencies in personnel development, systems and staffing requirements of the music Administration workflow. Works closely with ESPN Legal and outside licensing sources to establish best practices and workflows in accordance with copyright law and ESPN Policy. Advises the music staff of trends in the music licensing landscape that may affect ESPN's business. Ensures all ESPN content adheres to music policy and meets compliance standards under the direction of the Sr. Music Director.

• Primary responsibility is the direct oversight, evaluating performance and guiding the development of the Music Licensing Coordinators and Admin Assistants.
• Work in collaboration with the Senior Music Director in the development of Music licensing processes that align with ESPN Music Policy.
• Thorough knowledge of interpreting contractual agreements and industry practices and standards including legal clearance issues worldwide and intellectual property.
• Negotiate, review and prepare third party contracts for ESPN Productions, as needed.
• Work in coordination with Legal and Music Clearance resources to align ESPN media language for contract boilerplate with Major labels & Music Publishers.
• Develop best practices for music staff, legal & music clearance resources on the trafficking, review and organization of music licenses and related music documentation for the Music Department.
• Work with the Senior Music Director in maintaining compliance with for direct performance rights secured by ESPN for deals with performing rights organizations. Develop and oversee a comprehensive system for contract administration, rights summations for TV, film and digital content.
• Regular liaison with Legal, Accounting and Technology Departments to create best practices and efficient workflows for Music licensing systems and processes.
• Development of strategic planning for the maintenance and management of ESPN music administration systems.
• Educate and provide guidance to the Music Staff on music licensing and clearance strategies.
• Collaborates with the Senior Music Director for the generation of revenue around the use and licensing of ESPN copyrights, including sub-publishing deals for the Network.
• Research advancements in broadcast and digital media technology to implement best practices for worldwide distribution and music clearance rights for TV and film product distributed in all ESPN media.
• Regular interaction with music industry licensing contacts to develop positive relationships on behalf of the company.
• Field internal and external enquiries relating to music rights in network productions and content.
• Oversee the distribution of reporting for music usage, payments and compliance for Music Department and Production Management.

Basic Qualifications:
• Minimum of 10 years' experience working in the areas of music clearance, music publishing, publishing administration, music supervision and/or music copyright or experience in a comparable position.
• Minimum of 7 years prior supervisory or leadership role experiences managing multiple direct & in-direct reports.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the negotiating and reviewing music agreements.
• Thorough and cost effective negotiation skills to meet critical deadlines under challenging situations.
• Familiarity with leading Rights management database systems.
• Detail oriented, with the ability to multitask and deliver consistently with accuracy in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to handle a high volume workload with quick turnaround to meet the demands from multiple client groups at all levels of management.
• Excellent writing, research, analytical and communication skills.
• Strong attention to detail, an inner passion for doing great work.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to work well within a team environment.
• Ability to work nights, weekends & holidays

Preferred Qualifications:
• Fluent in Spanish.
• Strong knowledge of the television production process.
• Has a thorough understanding of knowledge of ESPN's standards and policies related to music.

Required Education
• Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education
• Bachelor's Degree in related field

Company Profile

ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment entity featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities.