An interesting, telling moment in time: both Apple Music and Spotify are looking for a hip-hop expert to help guide their respective platforms in New York City.
Spotify is seeking a Senior Editor, Hip-Hop to join its playlisting and curation team, while Apple Music is hiring for a qualified candidate to handle Hip-Hop/R&B Artist Relations for its Artist Services division.
According to a new job ad from Spotify, the firm wants to find someone to ‘play a senior editorial role in the Music Culture strategy for the US’, and who will ‘curate for a large number of varied playlists; our playlist-brands and shows’.
At least five years of music business experience is requested for the role.
As for the position at Apple, the Cupertino giant simply says it wants someone to ‘build deeper and stronger connections within the community of music creators’.
Like the Spotify post, the Apple role requires someone with ‘5+ years of music industry experience working with labels, artist management, and e-commerce platforms’, in addition to ‘a deep knowledge of music and culture especially hip hop, with a focus on the US and its music marketplace’.
The job opportunities arise two months after Spotify’s long-term head of hip-hop programming, Tuma Basa, exited the firm to join Lyor Cohen at YouTube.Music Business Worldwide