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Senior Director/ Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs

Warner Music Group

New York, NY 05-16-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Job Description:

Job Title: Senior Director/ Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs ( title commensurate with experience)

A little bit about our team:

The Business and Legal Affairs teams at 300 Elektra Entertainment are a close-knit group of passionate music attorneys. Our team negotiates record deals for 300's and Elektra's entire roster of artists and manages the business and legal issues relating to the creation, distribution, monetization, and marketing of our artists' music. Our team works directly with every department at the label, including A&R, marketing, artist development, publicity, royalties, finance, and sales.

Your role:

300 Elektra Entertainment is the marriage of two iconic brands – 300 Entertainment and Elektra Music Group – whose influence is shaping the modern landscape of music and culture. We are a family of independent minded entrepreneurs and passionate visionaries driven by creativity and a commitment to artist development. We are a family of risk-takers who revel in disrupting norms and setting trends, rather than following them. This is an opportunity to join our growing family and play an integral part in helping move the music business forward.

Here you'll get to:
• Negotiate and draft a wide variety of complex music industry agreements, including recording agreements, merchandising agreements, fan club agreements, collateral entertainment agreements, label deals, profit split deals, soundtrack album agreements, producer agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, and various types of licenses.
• Liaise with all other departments of the company to answer questions and ensure compliance with contractual and legal obligations
• Review artwork, video treatments, video rough cuts and other audio and audiovisual recordings to assess potential risks and claims.
• Review mastering requests to ensure that all releases have been cleared (or the risk of non-clearance has been understood and assumed) prior to release.
• Provide ongoing advice to Business Affairs Administration department on contractual interpretation, standards and clearance related issues.
• Work with Rhino to facilitate clearance requests.
• Provide advice to Audit and Finance departments on contractual interpretation and audit strategy; negotiate and draft final settlements.
• Review royalty statements of major artists and statements which are substantially payable to ensure accuracy.
• Work with WEA and Finance and Sales departments regarding pricing issues for digital releases and assessing risks of various sales programs; develop strategies to resolve issues.
• Manage claims and outside counsel as necessary.

About you:
• Must have J.D. and authorization to practice law in New York.
• Must be proficient with Microsoft Word and Outlook.
• Strong drafting, negotiating, analytical and organizational skills, with substantial experience in music industry contracts and issues.
• Strong interpersonal skills to successfully interface with outside attorneys, senior management and general staff.
• Attention to detail and the ability to manage a high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly.
• Ability to work well in small, fast-paced department.
• Ability to multi-task and balance competing priorities.
• Comfortable teaming with other attorneys and departments.

We'd love it if you also had:
• Minimum of 5 years previous experience in Business & Legal Affairs department of major record company.
• Demonstrated drafting and negotiation skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively interact with a range of personalities and styles and establish effective relationships externally and internally at all organizational levels.
• Strongly self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a close-knit team.

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Jobcode: Reference SBJ-re4ke7-3-238-199-4-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Warner Music Group

With a legacy extending back over 200 years, Warner Music Group (WMG) today brings together artists, songwriters and entrepreneurs that are moving entertainment culture across the globe. Operating in more than 70 countries through a network of affiliates and licensees, WMG’s Recorded Music division includes renowned labels such as Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, Elektra, Erato, First Night, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Records, Warner Classics and Warner Music Nashville.