HEAD OF LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS (MUSIC PARTNERSHIPS)
Head of Legal and Business Affairs, Music Partnerships
Our client is looking for a talented music rights lawyer, to be based at its office in Central London to head up the Music Partnerships and Legal and Business Affairs teams. The role will encompass management and development of these areas of the business. You will work closely with music publishers and record labels, and will report to the General Counsel - also based in London.
You will have day-to-day responsibility for an area critical to the Company's success, and you will therefore need to be an exceptional lawyer with a proven track record working in music rights, and the ability and willingness to innovate and think differently.
You will be expected to take day-to-day responsibility for strategy and operation of the Music Partnerships, and Legal and Business Affairs teams. You will take ownership of music rights issues, with the support of the General Counsel as necessary, and to help lead the Company through the complex and evolving landscape of digital music rights.
You will work closely with the Company's Commercial team in building and maintaining trusted relationships with the music industry, primarily in the digital licensing functions and you will represent the Company in ongoing discussions with rightsholders internationally.
Crucially, you will be a key contributor (together with the General Counsel and other key internal stakeholders) in affirming their position as a key partner for the music industry and a major force in digital content distribution.
The role will require you to develop a deep knowledge of their technology, as well as many aspects involved in the digital exploitation of music content. You will also be responsible for drafting and reviewing a range of commercial agreements and you will be responsible for advising the business on issues relating to music, technology and new media in areas such as e-commerce, consumer law, intellectual property, data protection, commercial and contract law.
You will have experience managing teams, and will enjoy getting the best out of people. You will be qualified as a lawyer in the UK (although qualification in other jurisdictions will also be considered).
You will have a deep knowledge of copyright in the digital space and practical experience of working with digital music rights on an international basis, gained either in a similar in-house role or from your work in the digital media team of a well-respected law firm.
You will have relationships with record labels and music publishers and a firm understanding of the various business models open to music services, as well as the applicable publisher and label rates.
You will have a thorough understanding of collective licensing, and will be in touch with the latest industry trends and developments. You should be comfortable with negotiating and drafting complex content-licensing agreements with publishers and labels.
This role will give someone the creative license they might be craving in a great team. To be successful you will need to be someone who can work in a very fast-paced environment, and can come up with creative and innovative solutions, often to unique problems.