NCS – Licensing Manager, Record Label (UK)

Job Title: Licensing Manager, Record Label

Department: Legal
Location: London
Level: Middle Management
Type of Position: Full Time
Employment Type: Employed
How to apply: Send CV & cover letter to
Applications due by: 18th March, 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

The Licensing Manager will be a key position in our music team. They will be responsible for ensuring that NoCopyrightSounds’s legal and commercial rights are managed effectively, balancing the interests of the label, our artists, and the creators that use our music.

Working closely with the General Manager, and any external legal counsel, the Licensing Manager will be able to draft, negotiate and issue licences for NCS new releases and catalogue improvement.

They will also lead communication on any catalogue disputes and licensing enquiries.

Core Responsibilities
  • Independently handling legal & rights communication for NoCopyrightSounds new and existing signings
  • Reviewing, drafting and completing recording & publishing contracts for the label’s releases
  • Efficiently manage and resolve disputes, working with General Manager and external legal counsel to ensure they are addressed promptly and effectively
  • Reviewing rights in our existing catalogue and proactively flagging, updating and improving rights as needed
  • Liaise with our external legal teams on any issues of higher volume or complexity
  • Managing and maintaining a comprehensive dataset of legal information in our task management and rights systems, including disputes, terms and other contract information
  • Provide guidance and support to our business and creative teams on rights and contractual matters

Competencies Required
  • Minimum 3+ year’s experience at a record label or music publisher
  • A strong understanding of music rights, recording & publishing agreements, and copyright
  • Experience in drafting contracts, negotiating and executing deals
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively resolve disputes and manage requests
  • Experience using systems to manage and maintain catalogue metadata and agreements
  • 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 under pressure and meet deadlines

Company Benefits
  • 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.
  • Cycle To Work scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Hybrid working (Tue, Wed & Thur in office)


As an organization 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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