Sony Music – Director, A&R Administration (US)

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Overview

The Director of A&R Administration reports to the Vice President – Finance, Sony Music Masterworks and supervises the A&R Administration Coordinator, Sony Music Masterworks.  This position will serve as a liaison between various departments within the Sony Music Masterworks label group and the following areas : Accounts Payable, Royalties, Copyright Administration, JV Accounting and other departments. 

Responsibilities
  • Primarily responsible for ensuring that contracts are properly administered from a financial perspective. This includes:
    • Making timely and accurate payment of contractual advances and fees.
    • Working with the attorneys to provide the royalties department with complete and accurate information about royalty rates and cost recoupment terms in advance of release (includes making sure that letters of direction are obtained and sufficient for effective implementation).
  • Preparing project checklists to provide the royalties department details for multiple royalty recipient projects and provide financial accruals.
    • Setting up trade vendors and royalty vendors while confirming receipt of appropriate, accurate and current tax documents.
    • Setting up royalty accounts and ensuring that recoupable costs are properly posted so that such vendors can see accurate recoupment positions through real-time-royalties portal.
    • Communicate with release planning on accurate product set-up through GRPS, GOLD system and DRA.
    • Communicate with BLA, Copyright, Royalties and Finance to provide the information necessary to determine appropriate financial accruals against future payments of advances and royalties.
    • Assist artists and management with obtaining access to and the training of the artist royalty portal/real-time royalty system for statement access and cash-out purposes.
  • Working with A&R Department to manage and implement recording budgets which includes:
    • Work with A&R to create recording budgets and obtain approvals of budgets.
    • Set up projects in recording cost system (ARTS2) including requesting project codes, product lines and FLoRs.
    • Issue POs to vendors in ARTS2 and pay invoices.
    • Keeping track of all recording costs as the project progresses which includes informing A&R, artist management, Finance & Executive of possible budget overages and possible re-forecast.
    • Negotiate appropriate rates with mastering studios when needed.
  • Other:
    • Monitoring receipt of third party and inter-company reimbursements/contributions (for example Touring Income; Synch; Lease Masters).
    • Assist with artist royalty statement review.
    • Maintain marketing contractual terms file to ensure proper marketing recoupability in PRS.
    • Collaborates with SCI (Berlin Office) on above tasks, as required.
Qualifications
  • College Degree required (Business/Finance Related Fields).
  • 4-6 years related business/finance fields.
  • Prior A&R Admin, royalties administration experience preferred.
  • Prior experience with Sony proprietary systems preferred (for example GRPS, GOLD, GCLS, SAMIS, PRS, CARMA, ARTS2, SAP, JIRA).
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills.
  • Detail oriented, ability to analyze data and troubleshoot effectively.
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Team is open to candidates with varied experience, salary and title would be commensurate with said experience

Sony Music is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, veteran or military status, marital and civil partnership/union status, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

 

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