Universal Music – Jazz Catalogue Manager / Consultant (UK)

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The Global Classics and Jazz team is situated at the nexus between our great labels – Blue Note, Verve, Impulse, Capitol Jazz and associated labels Concord and ECM – and our markets around the world who market and promote their releases and their tracks.

By connecting the work and the artists of our labels with each of our markets around the world, we can deliver more success to more artists in more places than any other company, and fulfil our vision to make Classics and Jazz part of everyone’s life, wherever they are in the world.

This exciting new role is right at the heart of our plans, requiring imagination, energy, pace and tenacity to drive perhaps the greatest roster of jazz labels in the world into our promotions and marketing teams across the globe. The main functions would be:

  • Understand the power of our global jazz assets, across our labels Blue Note, Verve, Impulse, as well as distributed label Concord, and ECM.
  • Have an instinctive sense of how these assets are best combined, best packaged, best presented, to make gripping, authoritative and compelling consumer propositions.
  • Have an internationalist’s understanding of the different jazz sensibilities and conditions in each territory, and know how to adapt or work with products accordingly.
  • Have a sufficient knowledge of UMG’s complex rights and product management systems and people to be able to create product which is cost-effective to create for the label, affordable for markets to commit to, and ultimately desirable for consumers.
  • Inspire, collaborate and consult with labels and markets to bring exciting ideas to the table and to develop a strong forward release schedule with clear and costed plans for 18-months ahead, and outline ideas for 3 years ahead.
  • Create and compile market-level comms such as ‘InfoMails’, ensuring they are accurate, compelling and comprehensive.
  • Work with the team to report back on commercial results regularly; the labels need to be certain the investments they make in re-issues deliver a real and meaningful financial contribution.
  • Encourage labels to create strong tools for markets to work, such as animations, websites and social media campaigns; ensuring that the markets use them.
  • Evangelise about jazz and our catalogue of assets internally, building the trust and confidence of markets.
Person specification

Essential

  • Enthusiasm for and excellent knowledge of jazz.
  • Developed interest in both music and the music business; with an established interest in our on-going ‘digital transformation’ and an understanding of the complexities of a global business in which consumers and markets move at different speeds.
  • A diplomat’s internationalism and ability to manage the needs of different stakeholders like repertoire centres and markets, to inspire markets and labels towards a powerful release schedule.
  • Ability to understand the difference between ordinary product and an inspiring and compelling must-have idea.
  • Positive, organised, hardworking and energetic, with an instinct for commercial opportunities and a nose for success.
  • Established product management skills developed in a record label, as well as knowledge of working promotional tools.
  • Financial literacy, able to ensure inspiring products are created with financial discipline.
  • Developed interest in both music and the music business; with an establish interest in our on-going ‘digital transformation’ and an understanding of the complexities of a global business in which consumers and markets move at different speeds.
  • Diversity and inclusion

Universal Music is an equal opportunities employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to a working environment where no one will be treated less favourably on grounds of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or age

Disclaimer

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable. However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder’s specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop. Therefore, the job description should be seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.

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