Lead A&R

  • Monstercat
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Jan 26, 2021
Full time A&R

Job Description

The Role...

Monstercat, North America's largest independent electronic music label, has an exciting opportunity for a driven Lead A&R to join our growing music team. Reporting to the Head of Music, you will be responsible for developing the roster with exciting artists and an exceptional sound that personifies the label and launches the brand to unparalleled heights in the electronic music industry.

As a Lead A&R, you are a tastemaker for dance/electronic music ensuring a healthy supply of quality music from great artists. In this role, you will develop the creative direction for the label considering qualitative & quantitative indicators and team feedback. You will utilize your extensive network and proven track record of building exceptional relationships with artists, management companies and other stakeholders to sign great records. With an ear for music that enables you to hear what others don’t, you will be responsible for identifying artist collaboration opportunities and mobilizing all stakeholders behind creative music projects. Liaising closely with the Marketing & Commercial departments during the A&R process of priority projects, you will lean on their support to scope out release strategies. Closely monitoring the success of the artist and record performance, you will adjust the artist roster strategy as necessary.  

Responsibilities and Duties…

  • Prospect new artists and releases
    • Ensure a healthy supply of music to satisfy the release schedule
    • Manage existing roster, bringing in new artists and developing records & release strategies
  • Build and nurture relationships with key partners and stakeholders
    • Represent Monstercat at industry gatherings on a global level
    • Report on leads, opportunities and developments to the Head of Music
  • Set A&R target list
    • Create a list of targets based off of internal departmental strategic goals, and cross-department recommendations assessing trends and data
    • Work with the A&R team to manage the scouting and procurement of new talent
  • Ensure healthy music supply, overseeing the artist and release on boarding process
    • Adhere to label standard operating procedures, ensure distribution deadlines are met
    • Work with the Marketing team to ensure timely dissemination of release information, goals and targets
  • Final sign off on all track/releases
    • Host regular listening sessions with music, commercial & marketing teams
    • Ensure all releases meet music quality standards 

Skills and Experience….

  • 5+ years’ experience in music brand and artist development (electronic music preferred) 
  • A proven track record in prospecting artists, facilitating collaborations, and signing performing records
  • Extensive network with artists and key music industry stakeholders in pop-electronic
  • Comprehensive music business knowledge and understanding
  • Experience working with artist management and/or creative agencies
  • Knowledgeable on current consumer trends, music history and digital music
  • Strong analytical skills to assess artist and release performance
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal
  • Strong project management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously, deliver on deadlines, and adhere to the labels standard operating procedures
  • Capable of managing ambiguity and responding to a fast-paced, dynamic environment 
  • A tenacious self-starter with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team 
  • Strong intuition and problem-solving skills with the ability to think out of the box
  • Willing to work nights, weekends and travel as needed

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