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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. WMG’s music publishing arm, Warner Chappell Music, has a catalog of more than 1.4 million musical compositions spanning every musical genre, from the standards of the Great American Songbook to the biggest hits of the 21st century. Warner Music Group is also home to WEA (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic), the pioneering distribution and marketing network, and ADA, the independent artist and label services company, as well as consumer brands such as Songkick the live music app, EMP the merchandise e-tailer, and UPROXX the youth culture destination.
A little bit about our team: The Warner Music Group Corporate Legal team works closely with the other Corporate functions such as Finance, HR, Corporate Communications, Business Development, Global Technology, GDO and also with the Business and Legal Affairs teams within Warner Recorded Music and Warner Chappell Music. It includes specialized legal functions such as litigation, M&A, employment/benefits, securities, trademarks, data privacy, records management, digital legal affairs and compliance.
Why this could be your next big break: This role will negotiate and draft recorded music deals for Warner Recorded Music which are not attached to a particular record label. The position reports to the EVP & General Counsel, Warner Music Group.
Here you’ll get to:
Structure, negotiate, draft and review a wide variety of complex recorded music deals including recording agreements, label deals, profit-split deals, soundtrack agreements, exclusive producer agreements, distribution agreements and various types of licenses
Liaise with all other departments within Warner Music Group to answer questions and ensure compliance with contractual and legal obligations
Review artwork, audiovisual materials and marketing materials to determine potential legal issues and assess the possible risks associated with their distribution; supervise clearance process
Provide advice to Audit and Finance departments on contractual interpretation and audit strategy; negotiate and draft final settlements
Review royalty statements to ensure accuracy
Manage claims as necessary
Rockstar candidates will have:
J.D. and authorization to practice law in New York
Minimum of five years of legal experience, including significant intellectual property experience and at least three years of transactional work in the recorded music industry
Demonstrated drafting and negotiation skills
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively interact with a range of personalities and negotiating 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
Sound and practical business judgment
Ability to multi-task and balance competing priorities
Ability to work well in large, fast-paced department
It would be music to our ears if you also had:
Experience working in-house at a record label.
Why join us?
Warner Music Group is all about our people. We are one global company made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business.
It is the mission of every member of the WMG team around the world to create a nurturing environment for artists, songwriters, and the people behind the music, at every stage of their careers. We strive to set WMG apart from the rest of the industry by embracing a philosophy of innovation that is part of our company's DNA.
Consider a career at WMG and be a part of one of the biggest forces in music today.
Internal Number: R-012158
About Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is all about our people. We are one global company made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business.It is the mission of every member of the WMG team around the world to create a nurturing environment for artists, songwriters, and fellow employees at every stage of their career. We strive to set WMG apart from the rest of the industry by embracing a philosophy of innovation that is part of our company's DNA.
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