Concord is looking to employ a full time Copyright Coordinator for its publishing division in our London office, working primarily across our Classical Music and Theatrical catalogues.
Company and Department Overview
Concord is the independent, worldwide leader in the development, management and acquisition of sound recordings, music publishing and theatrical performance rights. Concord has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, Berlin and Miami.
Concord Music Publishing represents more than 390,000 copyrighted works spanning all musical genres and including many of the world’s most celebrated compositions by its most legendary creators. Concord Music Publishing is also home to a diverse group of contemporary songwriters and composers creating important and commercially-successful new songs and musical works. Boosey & Hawkes, the world’s leading classical music publisher, and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization are also business units of Concord Music Publishing.
With a varied and unrivalled catalogue of Pop, Classical, Theatrical, Jazz and Media music, which includes the Boosey & Hawkes and Sikorski and Rodgers & Hammerstein catalogues, the UK Copyright Department is integrated with and provides information, advice and administrative services to all areas of this busy and highly successful company. The department is responsible for the registration and ongoing management of thousands of copyright works in the UK and internationally.
Primarily working across our classical catalogues (including Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd and Musikverlang Hans Sikorski) the position requires someone with a high degree of organisational skill, the ability to solve problems with an understanding of and ideally some experience with the requirements and operations of performing and mechanical collecting societies, the processes of registering and maintaining copyright data via CWR, experience with copyright and royalty databases (ideally Vistex/Counterpoint systems), reading and interpreting contracts and licensing of print rights, arrangements and other 3rd party requests, although ongoing training will be given in these areas as required.
We seek a highly motivated addition to the UK team who will need to be able to operate effectively between the different genres of music, but with specific focus on our Classical and Theatrical works including the Boosey & Hawkes, Sikorski and Rodgers & Hammerstein catalogues. The post will be full time in a lively, friendly and fast-paced environment based in our central London office.
Key Duties and Responsibilities of the Copyright Coordinator
Working on a day to day basis under the supervision of the senior members of the team but reporting to the VP Copyright in the following areas of work:
- Database population and works registration: inputting copyright information to the Concord counterpoint I-maestro database. The London department is responsible for population and registration of works across multiple territories for the entire Concord publishing business. This requires the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and to adapt to the peaks and troughs of works registration volumes whilst keeping on top of other tasks.
- Catalogue research and query answering: Concord Music Publishing has a large and often complex catalogue across multiple genres. To be effective in this position, the candidate will need to understand the contractual complexities relating to old and new contracts and be able to advise other employees accurately and fully about the copyright status of the relevant works, the territories in which Concord controls those works and any consent requirements relating to the composer or estate in question.
- Providing advice and assistance relating to works, clients and other contract matters to all copyright, royalty, finance, A&R and licensing areas of the business both in the UK and internationally (with affiliated companies and sub publishers/agents).
- Dealing with and following up on copyright infringements whether by way of unauthorised arrangements of Concord works, unauthorised print uses together with the management of duplicate claims and work registration disputes where they arise.
- Ensuring that agents and sub-publishers register new works promptly and accurately and assisting in the monitoring of agents’ activities to ensure compliance together with answering of all agents’ works registration queries.
- Assisting with the licensing of print rights and arrangements to 3rd party enquirers and liaising with affiliate companies and other third-party organisations regarding print rights and arrangements.
- Sharing in general departmental administration (filing, scanning, and various other administrative duties) and a willingness to 'muck in' at all times. The job holder is expected to be flexible and to perform other duties as reasonably required and within their capabilities as instructed by the manager.
Skills and Attributes
- Good knowledge of and passion for a wide range of contemporary music across multiple genres, but a specific interest in Classical, Jazz and Theatrical music (ideally with a music education up to degree level) would be advantageous.
- An understanding of how publishing rights and royalties are administered and processed and how print rights and arrangements are licensed.
- Understanding of digital media and being comfortable working with databases. Knowledge of Vistex Music Maestro or i-Maestro systems would be particularly relevant, although training will be given.
- Proficiency in Word and Excel.
- High level of accuracy and attention to detail
- Efficiency and ability to work at speed, while also being thorough and methodical
- Good organisational skills with an ability to multi-task and prioritise
- Ability to think laterally and anticipate problems before they arise
- Ability to be personable, tactful and sensitive to requirements of confidentiality and when dealing with customers and clients on the telephone and in written correspondence (letters, emails etc).
- Self-directed, pro-active and a flexible, willing team member, performing all duties to a high standard
- Relevant industry experience desirable.
- Salary £22,000 - £27,500 per annum, depending on experience.
- Health insurance
- 28 days holiday per annum
- Competitive pension scheme
- Concord Bucks – for related gigs and merchandise
Please send a covering letter and CV to Mike.Wood@concord.com by 18 November 2019