Universal Music Group – A&R Manager (US)

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog entity for the Universal Music Group. Working closely in concert with all of the company’s record labels, UMe provides a global frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new and emerging technologies.

 How we LEAD:

UMe is seeking a passionate music enthusiast with A&R experience, deep catalog music knowledge, experience with video production and strong music business background to join our catalog A&R team as the Manager of A&R. This role reports to the VP, A&R and is based in Santa Monica, CA.

How you’ll CREATE:
  • Research, pitch and produce financially & commercially viable video, digital and physical releases from the Universal Music Group catalog across all artists and genres
  • Manage & coordinate full A&R lifecycle, from research to recording/production process to product release
  • Identify repertoire, specifically video elements, for commercial exploitation through archive research and asset management
  • Oversee and be accountable for project expenditures & budgets
  • Provide efficient and effective research data and assets across a wide variety artists and genres
  • Maintain strict quality control of products & releases
Bring your VIBE:
  • Deep catalog knowledge with an archivist/researcher like mindset across a wide range of music genres, artists and music products and strong understanding of the music industry & recording methods and technology
  • Familiarity with video production tasks including archiving, up-res’ing and restoring content from a wide range of historical video and film formats
  • Create, assemble, manage third parties and QC video projects including Blu-ray titles
  • Ability to multi-task, ensure meticulous attention to detail, prioritize and work well under pressure & deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment
  • Must be current on today’s music industry environment including streaming/digital platforms
  • Work well independently, take initiative, identify potential issues & successfully problem-solve with sound business deliverables
  • Effectively optimize processes and efficiencies, and manage budgets
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT), along with a high aptitude for learning new software programs.
  • 3+ years’ experience in the music business, preferably with catalog/heritage music and knowledge of recording methods and technology
  • Experience successfully managing A&R and budget process for a product release from origination to product completion
  • Proven track record initiating, originating, managing and successfully completing all relevant aspects of recorded music releases and projects
  • Knowledge and experience in digital/streaming formats & platforms including playlist compilations, programming, and content curation
  • Bachelor’s degree required in music, marketing, communication, business, or related major preferred
Perks Playlist:
  • Competitive Compensation Package including Salary, Benefits and Generous 401k Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off – Paid Holidays, “Gift Week”, Summer Fridays
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance
  • Employee Developmental Support
  • Annual Gym Reimbursement Package
  • Pet Insurance, plus much more!

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