BBC Studios – Music Publishing Assistant (UK)

Band: B
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

Working pattern: Hybrid working. (Home based plus office based 2-3 days per week.)

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Flexible / agile working – opportunities across the business. We’re happy to discuss a formal flexible working pattern. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
Benefits – We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35 hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (plus an additional day which is a Corporation Day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Job Introduction

BBC Studios is a global creative powerhouse for the development, production and distribution of bold, British content. We produce over 2,500 hours of content per year, have offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The business generates revenue of £1.4bn, returning around £200m profit to BBC Public Service each year. In the UK, BBC Studios enables audiences to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes and brands outside the licence fee-funded window on alternative platforms, through a range of partnerships, and in multiple formats, from products and magazines to events and experiences.

We have a rare and exciting opportunity available to join the Radio & Music department here at BBC Studios as a Music Publishing Assistant. Within the role, you will be responsible for acquiring music publishing rights in commissioned music for the commercial benefit of BBC content and BBC Studios Ltd.

Main Responsibilities
  • As a Music Publishing Assistant, you will work closely with the Music Publishing Manager across all programme areas for in-house and independent productions.
  • You’ll need to establish and maintain a comprehensive information base of all current and upcoming productions, whilst developing strong working relationships with production teams and television/film composers and acquire music publishing rights in these areas whilst supporting the production with monetary investment.
  • You will liaise with relevant BBC and independent production personnel regarding the commissioning of music, and advise on the choice of composer or music where required.
  • You will provide and co-ordinate specific composer pitches for producer consideration whilst negotiating with composers with a view to acquiring music publishing rights and calculate investment towards production music budgets.
Are you the right candidate?

At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.

The successful candidate will have a keen interest in music across all genres and a strong understanding of music production.

You’ll have the ability to demonstrate negotiation skills in a commercial environment preferably within the media or music industry. An understanding and knowledge of music copyright and the music publishing industry would also be of benefit.

You will have excellent communication and presentation skills and will possess the knowledge and strategic mind-set required to forge strong, cross-functional working relationships.

You will also demonstrate an aptitude for pitching ideas to clients, composers and production teams – either in a face to face situation or via conference call / video.


About the BBC

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under represented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background. We strive to be the best British content company in the world, attracting the best creative talents in the business, so that we can bring premium quality award-winning programmes, content and brands to the viewer no matter where they are.

The BBC Group has set out the first in a new series of bold steps to transform our programming and better represent the public we serve. We have the biggest financial investment to on-air inclusion in the industry, together with our existing commissioning budget, we are committed to throwing open our doors more widely than ever to diverse stories and diverse storytellers. Together with a diverse workforce we will accelerate the pace of change in increasing diversity and inclusion both on and off air

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our website.

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