Full Time Job

Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs

Universal Music Group

Los Angeles, CA 04-13-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Interscope Capitol Labels Group are currently looking for a Business and Legal Affairs lawyer based in Los Angeles to support our legal team, who will report to the SVP of the Business and Legal Affairs.

How you'll CREATE:
• Structure, draft and negotiate various proposals and record label agreements including, without limitation, artist recording agreements, licenses, profit share and joint ventures, distribution agreements, and other music related deals, e.g. letters of direction, synchronization and sample use license agreements.
• Provide advice and coordinate strategy on general corporate transactions and commercial agreements.
• Review and analyze profit & loss and royalty statements.
• Issue and track rights disputes on a weekly basis, and coordinate resolution between retailers and clients.
• Issue Cease & Desist notices, DMCA notices.
• Track and set-up distribution, publishing, and synchronization license agreements.
• Work with the financial department to prepare profit & loss and sales analysis.
• Provide counsel to ICLG and UMG departments and senior management on day-to-day business and legal issues and strategy.
• Advise various ICLG departments (e.g., Business Development, Creative and Finance) regarding contractual obligations and restrictions in various ICLG commercial agreements.
• Address concerns and propose solutions while balancing legal considerations with business objectives.
• Analyze and assess potential risks and propose recommended courses of action.
• Respond to requests for information and/or advice from other business units, including contract research and analysis.
• Obtain all necessary management approvals on key terms of commercial agreements.
• Coordinate with other UMG legal departments (digital, litigation, creative, sponsorship, licensing, etc.) on agreements and legal matters.
• Assist management with corporate legal administrative matters and in determining and enforcing company policy regarding legal issues.
• Ensure dissemination of critical legal information to company employees.
• Oversee corporate compliance with contractual and legal obligations.

Bring your VIBE:
• Bar Admission in CA/NY
• 5+ years relevant legal experience from a top music/entertainment private practice law firm and/or in-house role within a record company or similar legal organization.
• Intellectual property, copyright expertise and music industry experience highly preferred.
• Familiarity with new technology and digital music environment preferred.
• Ability to analyze and provide strategic advice on a wide range of legal issues.
• A keen interest in music and the music industry.
• Knowledge/experience with music industry royalty accounting or financial information highly preferred.
• Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects required.
• Strong legal background in the areas of the law applicable to the music business (distribution agreements; sync/licensing, publishing, copyright, artist contracts, trademark, licensing, etc.)
• Excellent negotiating, drafting, and communication skills
• General problem-solving skills, organization, and a focus on detail
• Strong interpersonal skills - able to communicate with all levels of management
• Self-starter with ability to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced environment
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Perks Playlist:
• Be part of an entrepreneurial, global organization that values authenticity, drive, creativity, relationships, and a competitive spirit
• Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and FSA options, as well as:
• 100% coverage for out-patient mental health services
• Wellbeing reimbursements for fitness classes, spa treatments, meal services, travel, and so much more (up to $720/year)
• A lifetime fertility support allowance of $30,000 to plan participants
• Student Loan Repayment Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
• 100% immediately vested 401(k) match on the first 5% of your contribution on eligible compensation
• Variety of ways to prioritize much-needed time away from work including:
• Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) for exempt employees
• 3-weeks PTO for non-exempt employees
• 2-weeks paid Winter Break
• 10 Company Holidays (including Juneteenth and Wellbeing Day)
• Summer Fridays (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
• Generous paid parental leave for every type of parent

Check out our full overview of benefits on the Perks Playlist page of the career site.

Disclaimer: This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.

Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an E-Verify employer in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.


Job Category:
Business & Legal Affairs

Salary Range:
$64,480 - $169,101

The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include, as applicable, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. All candidates are encouraged to apply.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gxexbo-44-223-39-67-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary: $720.00 Per Hour ($ USD)
Company Profile
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