BPI – Innovation Manager (UK)

Part of the broader Member Services team, and reporting into the Director of Insight, the Innovation Manager will be responsible for being an expert in tech developments as they concern the music industry, and act as a voice for the BPI when it comes to innovation.

The Innovation Manager will manage and evolve BPI’s Music & Tech Springboard Programme, nurturing music tech start-ups, as well as growing BPI’s footprint within the tech start-up community and wider ecosystem. Additionally, this team member will work collaboratively within the wider Member Services function as dictated by company priorities.

Key responsibilities:
  • Research & be up to date with latest developments in tech and understand how they impact the music sector, and BPI’s label members specifically
  • Be a voice for innovation within the BPI: brief the senior leadership team on noteworthy trends and developments, and, where appropriate, suggest initiatives around them
  • Work with the wider Research & Insight team on curating BPI owned events (e.g. Insight Sessions): be proactive in identifying topics of interest to our community, identify key speakers and expert contributors, help manage relationships with third party provider to deliver successful events that position the BPI as thought leaders
  • Manage & evolve The Music & Tech Springboard Programme – BPI’s initiative bringing tech start-ups and the music industry closer together
    Organise events to connect the start-ups with the BPI membership & associates
  • Work with the Director of Membership & International on embedding music-tech related opportunities into other membership events, regional & international events – as well as provide other support as necessary
  • Be an advocate for the BPI and the work of its members in the music tech space in the wider ecosystem: explore & identify opportunities to curate, host and speak on panels, be embedded in the global tech start-up scene, network
  • Identify opportunities for growth: participate in events, accelerators, incubators to identify promising tech start-ups the BPI can support, that will bring value to label members
  • Work with the Communications & Public Affairs teams to get the message out about the work the BPI is doing in the innovation space
  • Work with the Director of Digital and his team on identifying innovation-related opportunities for the BRIT Awards, Mercury Prize and other BPI-owned properties
  • Pitch in more broadly where appropriate: use you expertise (whether directly related to innovation or broader) to help out colleagues when needed, as well as work collaboratively on delivering new ideas and projects – whether originated by you or colleagues – as dictated by the company’s priorities at any given time
Skill Requirements (mandatory):
  • 2-5 years in the music industry in a digital/ partnerships/ events/ marketing role, or as an entrepreneur
  • Alternatively, 2-5 years operating in and around the tech industry, with a focus on media (including music or film & TV or gaming)
  • A good understanding of the big picture when it comes to the music industry, and the role record labels play
  • A good understanding of tech trends as they impact the music industry
Skill Requirements (desirable):
  • Experience in building and managing communities
  • Experience in running events online and in-person
  • Experience in crafting compelling presentations and speaking in front of key stakeholders, as well as broader audiences
  • Experience in business development
You must be:
  • Passionate about music, the music industry & tech
  • Personable, principled and with a strong sense of integrity.
  • Organised, confident and results-driven working to high standards
  • Committed to developing your skills and talents and with the potential to grow into the role and in due course into senior leadership positions.
  • A keen communicator and relationship builder – internally, among members and externally.
  • Imaginative in developing creative solutions, but with the energy and tenacity to implement any new ideas and thinking as part of overall strategy.
  • Sensitive at all times to your position in the ecosystem, representing your employer and the industry in which it operates
  • A confident speaker & presenter
  • A comfortable networker and ‘door-opener’

Apply here: https://recruiterflow.com/bluemonday/jobs/41

About the BPI (British Phonographic Industry)

The BPI champions the UK’s recorded music community, safeguarding the rights of its members and of the artists, performers and label members of collecting body PPL. The BPI’s membership consists of well over 500 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘majors’ – Universal Music UK, Sony Music Entertainment UK and Warner Music UK. Its total membership taken together accounts for around 85 per cent of legitimate domestic music consumption and 1 in 10 streams around the world.

The BPI promotes British music at home and overseas through its trade missions, the Music Exports Growth Scheme and The BRIT Awards, which it owns and organises. It administers The BRIT Certified Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme, co-owns the Official Charts Company with ERA, and is home to The Mercury Prize. The BPI encourages and supports innovation and technology through its Music & Tech Springboard Programme, and additionally provides insights, training and networking with its extensive free masterclasses, networking events, Insight Sessions and reports alongside its communications and public affairs work.

The BPI is committed to equality and inclusion. In support of this the BPI is working closely with its members and industry partners, as well as its Equality and Justice Advisory Group (EJAG). It aims to educate, inspire and help enact change through its BPI Equality Training Programme and BPI Equality Sessions, as well as its Membership Inclusion Programme. The BPI’s community engagement, focussed on education & wellbeing through the power of music, is directed through The BRIT Trust.

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