Director, A&R (Mexican Regional, Bilingual English/Spanish)

  • Universal Music Group
  • Los Angeles, California
  • May 30, 2024
Full time Education

Job Description

We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.

Universal Music Latino is the world’s leading Latin entertainment company. The company is home to some of the most prolific names in Latin music, including Feid, J Balvin, Anitta, Jhayco, Juanes, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra, Bad Gyal, Brray amongst many others.

How we LEAD: 
This role will be responsible for strategically managing initiatives involving Universal Music artists and the larger creative and artistic community. This person will work collaboratively with internal business units, Labels, Management, and artists to identify and recognize opportunities to sign artist and bring top of the line musical content as Director of A&R, with an expertise in Regional Mexican music and based on the West Coast. Developing and maintaining strong and effective relationships with artists / producers / songwriters, key figure heads within the industry, labels, and artists will be key to their success. This is a key role within our company and requires someone who is creative, analytical, and passionate about music and demonstrates strong power of influence and expertise in the Mexican market.

How you’ll CREATE:
• Monitor the recording process to best ensure timely delivery, on budget recordings, artist satisfaction and commercial viability

• Constantly look for new artists that will appropriately fit within Universal Music Latino current roster, while standing out as unique and individual and maintaining Universal Music Latino philosophy and criteria for new artists
• Maintain a professional, consistent, ethical style of operation, operating with integrity within our company, the creative community and with our artists
• Meet and correspond with potential and existing artists to establish trusted relationships in order to discuss musical and personal vision as well as goals and calling
• Attend regular A&R, staff, scheduling, promotions, marketing, and creative meetings to ensure strong communication with the entire label team
• Manage budgetary items effectively and efficiently, to ensure company assets are utilized in accordance with Universal Music Group policy and are aligned with the Universal Music Latino and Divisional Strategic Plan
• Maintain knowledge and awareness of Universal Music Latino release schedule and all associated deadlines
• Collaborate with A&R team to hire the appropriate mastering engineer on each project, collect all pertinent feedback from artists and producers, and ensure the highest possible sonic quality delivery
• Assist A&R Administration in securing lyrics, writer splits, musician credits and all other necessary label copy for each recording
• Manage recording process of each artist project according to label deadlines and within label pre-determined budget through mastering and delivery to label and marketing teams
• Maintain strong relationships with producers, songwriters and other creatives while constantly developing new contacts to expand our record production talent pool
• Maintain awareness and understanding of modern musical, cultural, technological and production trends to keep our artists, their songs and their production values relevant
• Maintain strong relationships with managers, radio programmers, promoters, and commercial partners to stay in the loop on new and emerging artists
• As directed and approved accompany artists on tour dates and appearances for the purpose of encouragement, maintaining healthy relationships, awareness, performance critique and development
• Provide representation at showcases, competitions and other industry events where new artists are performing and be available to speak at or judge performances at these events when appropriate
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Bring your VIBE:
• An understanding of Latin Music Internationally
• The process of song writing
• General knowledge of studio production
• Music industry and cultural trends
• Record consumption data and the ability to scout using various social networking sites
• Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel
• Strong relationship, communication, and presentation skills
• Requires occasional travel
• 5 to 7 years of experience in Music Company

• College degree preferred

Perks Playlist:

  • Be part of an entrepreneurial, global organization that values authenticity, drive, creativity, relationships, and a competitive spirit

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and FSA options, as well as:

    • 100% coverage for out-patient mental health services

    • Wellbeing reimbursements for fitness classes, spa treatments, meal services, travel, and so much more (up to $720/year)

    • A lifetime fertility support allowance of $30,000 to plan participants

    • Student Loan Repayment Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement

    • 100% immediately vested 401(k) match on the first 5% of your contribution on eligible compensation

  • Variety of ways to prioritize much-needed time away from work including:

    • Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) for exempt employees

    • 3-weeks PTO for non-exempt employees

    • 2-weeks paid Winter Break

    • 10 Company Holidays (including Juneteenth and Wellbeing Day)

    • Summer Fridays (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)

    • Generous paid parental leave for every type of parent

Check out our full overview of benefits on the Perks Playlist page of the career site.

Disclaimer: This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.

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Salary Range:

$71,892 - $162,938

The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include, as applicable, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.  All candidates are encouraged to apply.