Analyst, Catalog Artist Royalties

  • Warner Music Group
  • Parmenter Nashville City Center, 511 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
  • Jul 11, 2024
Full time Marketing

Job Description

Job Description:

At Warner Music Group, we’re a global collective of music makers and music lovers, tech innovators and inspired entrepreneurs, game-changing creatives and passionate team members. Here, we know that each talent makes our collective bolder and brighter. We are guided by four core principles that underpin everything we do across all our diverse businesses: 

  • Music is Everything: Music is our passion, and we can never get enough. Tastes, trends, and tech will change, but great artists and songwriters will always be our driving force.

  • Global Growth, Local Expertise: Music is a global language. Through communication and collaboration, our success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere.

  • Innovation and Insight: Pushing the boundaries requires the best information and the boldest imagination. We use both to create the future.

  • Empowered by People: Like the artists we serve and the music they make, our differences make us stronger. This is a place where every talent can belong and build a career.

We remain committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We know it fosters a culture where you can truly belong, contribute, and grow. We encourage applications from people of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic or identity.

Consider a career at WMG and get the best of both worlds – an innovative global music company that retains the creative spirit of a nimble independent.


 

Job Title: Administrator, Catalog Artist Royalties

A little bit about our team:

The U.S. Shared Services Reporting Department is responsible for managing all of the reporting obligations of WMG’s U.S. record labels (including those operated by the Atlantic Records, Rhino Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, and Warner Music Nashville) to recording artists, producers, writers and publishers, labor unions, and other external payees.  The Department’s services include the following:

  • Calculating and paying royalties to recording artists, producers, and other third parties;

  • Calculating the net profits earned by joint ventures between WMG’s record labels and external parties and then paying those external parties their contractual shares of such profits;

  • Calculating and paying mechanical royalties to songwriters and/or their publishers and administrators; and

  • Calculating and paying monies due to labor unions pursuant to the terms of the collective bargaining agreements between such unions and the applicable WMG record labels that are signatories to those agreements. 

Members of the Department work closely with employees in the Business Affairs, Finance, Production, Operations, New Media, and Marketing departments of each label client to fulfill the above-referenced responsibilities for the recordings and record those labels release. 


 

Your role:

The candidate hired to fill this position will be responsible for entering and maintaining record royalty rates for the applicable royalty recipient in the various record royalty systems that WMG utilizes and processing record royalty statements for the Group’s record label clients.

 

Here you’ll get to:

  • Create and maintain royalty accounts information for royalty recipients in WMG’s artist royalty system, including by updating the recipient’s contact information and tax identification numbers as needed;

  • Review and analyze recording agreements, producer agreements and other similar agreements (and any corresponding deal summaries or deal memos) for the purpose of identifying and summarizing the applicable royalty rates, related terms and payee information for a given record or recording and then enter those terms into WMG’s artist royalty system;

  • Provide the Income Tracking Team in the Revenue Assurance Group with direction regarding the contractual terms to be applied to third party licensing income, to ensure that royalty recipients are paid properly with respect to third party licenses.

  • Link individual record products to the applicable contractual terms as they have been set-up in WMG’s artist royalty system in a timely manner;

  • Perform and review adjustments to existing royalty rate set-ups in WMG’s artist royalty system, as needed;

  • Process and review quarterly and monthly artist royalty statements to ensure the accuracy of both the royalty rates applied and the underlying earnings on which royalties are being paid; 

  • Ensure that artist royalty statements are issued in a timely manner;

  • Assist with WMG’s monthly, quarterly and annual financial close processes as needed by responding to information requests from WMG’s Corporate and Royalty Finance Departments and the Finance Departments of WMG’s U.S. Record Labels; and

  • Perform any other duties and tasks related to the Department’s role and responsibilities that might be assigned by the Team’s senior management from time to time.

 

About you:

  • Candidate must be able to work well independently and as part of a team;

  • Candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills;

  • Candidate must possess excellent analytical, mathematical and organizational skills;

  • Candidate must be able to meet deadlines consistently and effectively while working under pressure;

  • Candidate must be able to manage multiple assignments at any given time and prioritize them effectively and appropriately; and

  • Candidate must have strong computer skills, including strong data entry skills (with an emphasis on accuracy) and strong proficiency using Microsoft Office’s Excel, Word and PowerPoint applications; familiarity with Microsoft Office’s Access application is preferred, but not required.

 

We’d love it if you also had:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Candidate should possess 0 to 2 years’ experience working in a position or positions involving the administration of artist royalties.

  • Candidate should be prepared to work overtime toward the end of each quarterly royalty statement cycle; candidate should be prepared to schedule vacation days at times that will not conflict with these deadlines, so that their absences do not interfere with their ability to meet royalty statement deadlines.

 About us: 

As the home to 300 Elektra, Asylum, Atlantic, East West, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Records, Warner Classics, and several other of the world’s premier recording labels, Warner Music Group champions emerging artists and global superstars alike. And our renowned publishing company, Warner Chappell Music, represents genre-spanning songwriters and producers through  a catalogue of more than one million copyrights worldwide. Redefining what it means to be a music company in the 21st century, our consumer brands include trend-setters like UPROXX, Songkick, HipHopDX, and EMP. We’re the home to WMX – the next generation services division that connects artists with fans and amplifies brands in creative, immersive, and engaging ways – and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) – the ground-breaking global distribution company for independent artists and labels. 

Together, we are Warner Music Group: Music With Vision & Voice.
 

Love this job and want to apply?

Click the “Apply” link at the top of the page, or apply directly with your LinkedIn. Applying with LinkedIn will import all of the information you put in your profile, but will still allow you to upload a resume and cover letter.

 

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear from us right away. We’re taking our time to review all resumes, and to find the best people for WMG.

 

Thanks for your interest in working for WMG.  We love it here, and think you will, too.

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Salary Range

Salary ranges are included for job postings where required by law. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as work experience and business needs. The pay range is subject to change at any time dependent on a variety of internal and external factors.

WMG is committed to inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and will evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition as defined by state law (genetic characteristics or cancer), physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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