NCS – A&R Manager (Record Label) (UK)

Job Title A&R Manager (Record Label)
Department: Music
Location: London
Level: Management
Type of position: Full Time
Employment type: Employed
Starting salary: DOE
How to apply:
Applications due by: 30/05/2024
Start Date: TBC

About NCS

At NCS (NoCopyrightSounds), we’re on a mission to Empower Creators worldwide through our ‘free to use music’ model. With tracks featured in hundreds of millions of YouTube videos, accumulating over half a trillion views, we’ve become synonymous with bridging the gap between creators and music. Our roster of artists resonates with audiences globally, garnering billions of streams. By championing a ‘Copyright Free’ approach to marketing, we not only empower music artists but also content creators, fostering thriving careers while reshaping the music industry.

Role Mission

As the A&R Manager, your primary responsibility is to oversee and manage the A&R team, ensuring accountability, raising standards, and executing a competitive strategy in artist signings. You work closely with the Head of Music to align new music signings with company objectives and audience preferences.

  • Lead the direction for NCS music output and music team, manage relationships with key artists, teams and publishers, assess opportunities and allocate resources as required.
  • Identifying and nurturing emerging and established artists and genres, developing a strong artist roster while keeping a constant pulse on the NCS niche and broader market trends.
  • Manage and create accountability for the A&R team, allowing them to execute a competitive strategy in artist signings in line with company objectives and audiences
  • Assist in negotiating high-priority deals for new signings and existing roster deals with publishing companies, management companies and artists.
  • Regularly assess music and artist performance performance, tracking updates and conversations through structured A&R meetings and systems.
  • Lead opportunities to partner with artists, creators and publishers on collective songwriting, production sessions

  • Minimum 3 year’s experience at a music company, ideally in an A&R position – record label, management company or music publisher with a proven track record in prospecting artists.
  • A very strong understanding of the market NCS works within, our label competitors and the genres we release.
  • A network of existing relationships with high-level artists, publishers, writers and producers that will be relevant to NCS’ business.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively negotiate deals and resolve disputes.
  • An understanding of music rights, recording & publishing agreements, and copyright
  • Experience managing individuals or teams.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with a range of stakeholders, including artists, songwriters, lawyers, and external partners.
  • Ability to work organised and process driven, experience in using task management systems, CRM’s, analytics software.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Working in London-based office ‘Bankstock’ (w/ UKF, Drum&BassArena, SubSoul + more) and ‘The Halley’ in Haggerston, including studio access.
  • Private healthcare cover including dental and optical (after probation period).
  • Apple One Subscription including Fitness+, TV+ etc (after probation period).
  • Cycle To Work scheme (after probation period).
  • Pension scheme.
  • Hybrid working (Tue, Wed & Thur in office)


As an organisation we celebrate and support our team members from all backgrounds and are working to build an adaptable culture of mutual allyship, and an environment where everyone is comfortable being themselves 100% of the time. We actively encourage applications from people of every race, gender, religion, age, disability and the LGBTQIA+ community.

NCS is open and happy to make any reasonable adjustments as required throughout the interview process to increase accessibility.

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