Copyright Assistant

  • Kobalt
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 08, 2021
Full time Admin Publishing Royalties

Job Description

Joining the Publishing Copyright department in our Berlin or London office, the primary role of the Copyright Assistant will be to assist in correctly registering works and agreements in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the local collection societies and carrying out all related tasks to maintain and manage our catalogue to highest standards, including working with royalties and distribution. The successful candidate will need to have excellent communication skills when dealing with general enquiries from internal and external sources and can deal with pressure but remain optimistic and persistent to complete tasks accurately and efficiently.

The main Copyright team is based in London, so we are looking for a proactive, organized self-starter, with experience of working remotely and independently. Relevant training will be provided, but once the training is completed you will become the main point of contact for any GSA related queries. It's ideal if you are based in Berlin as it's a good opportunity to attend society and publisher specific meetings and be aware of any relevant developments in the German Music Market.

WHAT DOES A COPYRIGHT ASSISTANT AT KOBALT DO?

  • Ensuring works and agreements are registered correctly at collection societies
  • Dealing with general enquiries regarding our claims to works and the terms of our publishing agreements
  • Handling song disputes and duplicate claims
  • Processing new works and agreements as the company acquires rights to new catalogues
  • Processing royalty statements received from collection societies
  • Analysing the royalties received to identify possible underpayment or delayed payment, and working with the societies to resolve these issues
  • Carrying out territory related investigations
  • Assist the team administering Kobalt’s catalogue in GSA and act as Kobalt’s liaison between the UK-based Copyright team and our contacts in Germany

WHAT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?  

  • Fluent in German and high level of written and spoken English is essential
  • Excellent communication skills: the duties require a very high level of communication internally and externally; we are looking for someone who can adapt communication to audience
  • Track record of excellent organization and prioritization skills
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy and a detail-driven mind-set
  • High level of numeracy
  • Basic Excel skills are preferred but not essential
  • Previous admin and copyright experience in a similar role as well as a good understanding of music publishing is advantageous

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