Concord Music – Copyright Coordinator (UK)

Concord Music seeks a highly motivated and enthusiastic addition to the UK team who will need to be able to operate across its publishing entities, but with specific focus on our Pop, Jazz and Media catalogues. This is a full time post based in our central London office, working as part of a lively, friendly and fast-paced team.

Department Overview

Concord Music is one of the world’s largest independent music publishers with a varied and unrivalled catalogue of Pop, Classical, Theatrical, Jazz and Media music.

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. The position requires someone with excellent organisational and problem-solving skills who is keen to learn.

The ideal candidate would have experience of the requirements and operations of performing and mechanical collecting societies, the processes of registering and maintaining copyright data via CWR, copyright and royalty databases (ideally Counterpoint systems), reading and interpreting contracts and licensing of print rights and 3rd party requests, although ongoing training will be given in these areas.

Key Duties and Responsibilities of the Copyright Coordinator
  • Working on a day to day basis under the supervision of the Senior Copyright Administrator but reporting to the VP Copyright in the following areas of work:
  • Database population and works registration: inputting copyright information to the Concord Music counterpoint I-maestro database. This requires a high degree of accuracy and organisation and is critical to the success of Concord Music.  The London department is responsible for population and registration of works across a number of territories for the entire company. Works processing is a significant element of the Copyright Administrator’s role and the ability to adapt to the peaks and troughs of works registration volumes whilst keeping on top of other tasks is an important skill that the post holder must possess.
  • Catalogue research and query answering: Concord Music has a large and often complex catalogue of works. 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, working with the support of our business affairs team where appropriate.
  • 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 to 3rd party enquirers and liaison with affiliate companies regarding print rights.
  • Sharing in general departmental administration (filing, scanning, and various other administrative duties), with 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 Required
  • Good knowledge of and passion for a wide range of contemporary music across multiple genres.
  • An understanding of how publishing rights and royalties are administered and processed.
  • Understanding of digital media and comfortable handling databases. Knowledge of Vistex Music Maestro or i-Maestro systems would be particularly relevant, although training will be given.
  • Proficient in Word and Excel.
  • High level of accuracy, attention to detail
  • Efficient and fast-working, while also thorough and methodical
  • Organised, able to multi-task and prioritise
  • Able to think laterally and anticipate
  • 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
Experience
  • Relevant industry experience desirable.
Salary

Salary is £23,000 – £25,000 dependent on experience, with additional annual discretionary bonus.

Contact

Please send a covering letter and CV to mike.wood@imagem.com by 15 June 2018

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