Birthday Cake Records – Label Manager (US)

Birthday Cake Records is looking for a Label Manager to help take its rapid growth to the next stage.

Birthday Cake Records is an indie record label that, in just over two years, has established itself as a trusted release partner for groundbreaking artists who are having global success. We have an entrepreneurial environment where we nurture, develop, and promote our artists’ careers.

The ideal candidate has experience in the music industry at a label, distributor, marketing, or management firm. They are a driven individual with the ability to juggle projects and competing priorities, while meeting deadlines. Strong communication is essential, as they have to liaise with a range of people and ensure everyone is kept on the same page. Clarity, honesty, and responsiveness are key. The confidence and capacity to make decisions, manage information, and coordinate plans, timelines, proposals, applications, and reports is important.

The Label Manager will have the overall responsibility for all label operations. They will be directly involved in nearly every aspect of the label’s business. They will guide musical projects all the way from the early planning stage into the marketplace. They will be proactive in coming up with creative ways to build artists’ careers and develop the label’s international profile. They will manage a growing team and relationships with outside promo partners. They will work with Birthday Cake’s executive team to develop and maintain key global partnerships.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Ensure our artists’ best interests are represented at all times
  • Oversee all aspects of record label functions, including A&R, grant writing, marketing, distribution, PR, Radio promotion, advertising, social media, royalty registrations, content creation, and more.
  • Hire team members, PR, radio, and other third party teams
  • Work with marketing teams to help prepare, plan, and manage marketing and media campaigns to maximize key opportunities
  • Coordinate, schedule, and promote label releases
  • Develop, maintain, and circulate the label release schedule
  • Build relationships with artists and their teams, work proactively on their campaigns, and ensure they are kept up to date on all aspects of their releases, marketing activities, and results
  • Maintain dialogue with our distribution partner in order to keep DSP Partners updated on campaigns with a view of continuing to forge our own direct relationships
  • Initiate and chair regular label planning meetings
  • Discover and foster relationships with emerging artists and management teams
  • Build a sense of community amongst our label artists and team
  • Networking and creating opportunities for artists and the label
  • Regularly keeping tools up to date: project trackers, databases, shared drives, etc.
  • Writing and administering grant proposals and reports well in advance of deadlines
  • Maximize catalog revenue
APPLICANTS SHOULD BE
  • Organized – able to juggle projects and competing priorities, meet deadlines and keep an eye on the bigger picture
  • Happy to carry out own administration
  • Diplomatic – able to maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Comfortable leading teams, motivating people, applying pressure, setting boundaries, and managing expectations
  • Comfortable working independently and asking for help when needed
  • Sound judgement and tested decision making skills
  • A very strong communicator, both verbal and written
  • Meticulous, organized, with a keen eye for detail
  • Self driven, highly motivated, and proactive
  • Open to feedback and coaching
  • A team player with leadership qualities
  • Able to work flexibly across different time zones to help service our international artists and teams
  • Be excited to join an emerging indie music company in its early days and help it grow!
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
  • 3+ years working in the music industry at a record label, music distributor, music marketing, or artist management firm
  • Strong understanding of the recorded music marketplace
  • Project management experience
  • This job description describes the main elements of the role however a hands-on, flexible and proactive approach is expected and as such this document is not intended to be comprehensive or permanent. The job description is subject to review to meet the changing and growing needs of the company.

We have a flexible workspace in the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg that you’re welcome to use, though you’re also welcome to work remotely. (Note: our office is located on the third floor of a heritage building up three large flights of stairs.)

If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of your employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption.

This is a full-time salaried position with a benefits package. This position will require some after-hours activity, such as attendance at shows and travel to conferences, festivals, and showcases. We offer flexible work time, as well as a work environment that values personal wellbeing and encourages opportunities for career growth.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates are encouraged to submit a detailed cover letter outlining interest and experience, resume, and three references. Please email your application by 4PM on Friday, November 19, 2021 to [email protected] with the subject line “Label Manager”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. We believe in fair, accessible, and equitable employment practices. Should you require accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact us so that we may meet your needs. All employment decisions are made without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria.

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