Empire – Vendor Content Specialist (US)

Vendor Content Specialist

EMPIRE is a premier and dynamic music company that prides itself on the development and support of independent artists. We are a rapidly growing firm that has been making waves in the music industry, with an extensive portfolio that spans multiple genres and reaches audiences worldwide. We have become the largest independent record label in the U.S., with a significant global presence covering Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and North and South America. We keep ourselves busy with a large range of music-related services from original content and marketing to distribution and recordings.

Our commitment to artistic creativity, innovation, and progressive business solutions forms the foundation of our corporate culture. We believe in fostering talent, not just in our artists but also within our professional teams. As we continue to expand, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey.

The Role Remix

EMPIRE is looking for a Vendor Content Specialist to join our downtown San Francisco office. This role will report into the VP, Operations –  Publishing and will manage, improve, and grow EMPIRE’s Publishing Catalog to support our partnerships, specifically with The Mechanical Licensing Collective. The MLC distributes digital audio mechanical royalties eligible self administered songwriters, composers, lyricists, music publishers, administrators, and CMOs.

As Vendor Content Specialist, you will be responsible for catalog registrations, reconciliation, vendor acknowledgment files/ error reporting along with fixes, database management, department queries, SFTP folder management, catalog management, and DURP Project (Distributor Unmatched Recordings Portal).

  • Match sound recording data to musical works data through a combination of cross-referencing available data points and performing outside research
  • Extensively investigate source data for accurate matching
  • Perform various data entry and clean-up tasks
  • Review and confirm the work of Empire Catalog vs MLC Database or other Rightsholders
  • Provide feedback and commentary of issues/conflicts to Client Managers
  • Collaborate and research on internal development to improve matching and research strategies
  • Continually update and improve work processes based on results of prior work and newly received data and
  • Develop and maintain a full EMPIRE MLC strategy-based on writer shares, revenue, and usage data
  • The Focus Areas may inevitably evolve and change over time to meet changing business needs

Key Notes for Success
  • 3+ years of experience building and maintaining publishing catalogs and working vendor relationships
  • Bachelor’s Degree or similar skills and experience
  • Hands-on experience inputting and correcting large data sets
  • Solid foundation of Publishing/Works knowledge and the relationship to sound recordings
  • Experience with CWR, CSV, DDEX-DSR, and all other formats related to music publishing
  • Experience with managing summary, error, and vendor usage data

Pay Range: $26.00- $36.00/hour + benefits + discretionary bonus + profit sharing program

The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

If you are passionate about the music industry, and looking for a challenging role in a fast-paced, innovative environment, apply today. We look forward to hearing from you.

At EMPIRE, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We use E-Verify to confirm the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires.

Perks Playlist
  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • Competitive Benefits Package
  • Company Paid Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Company Paid Health Savings Account (HSA) Contribution
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, and Sick)
  • Company 401(k) Plan
  • Wellness Resource
  • Commuter Allowance
  • Cell Phone Allowance


Founded in 2010 by Bay Area native Ghazi, EMPIRE is currently leading through its innovative and progressive approach to the digital music era across its label, distribution and publishing arms.

With its focus on early stage artist development, the San Francisco based company has been instrumental in identifying future icons and launching the careers of both Multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Fireboy DML, Yung Bleu, Migos, Asake, XXXtentacion, and Anderson .Paak to name a few. After this early success, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and premier independent record label.

More than a decade in, EMPIRE continues to grow – expanding the Publishing division with a partnership with superproducer Hit-Boy and his Surf Club collective and acquiring Dirtybird Records in 2022 to amplify the Dance arm. EMPIRE has expanded the team throughout the globe on the African continent, Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. With the company and roster excelling at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels.

Through crafting bespoke deals that are always in favor of the artist, EMPIRE is able to form a true partnership with each artist and label on its roster. Coupled with their unique software for analytics, recoupment, and royalties, which is available to every partner, the company offers a level of transparency unprecedented in the music industry.

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