Apple Is Now Hiring an Expert in ‘Music Publisher Relations’

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Position: Music Publisher Relations Apple Inc., Cupertino, Ca

Posted 1 Day Ago

Telecommuting not available

Travel not required

Job Description

Changing the world is all in a day’s work at Apple. If you love innovation, here’s your chance to make a career of it. You’ll work hard. But the job comes with more than a few perks.

This role in Apple Music and in iTunes is working with music publishers. Music publishers supply the songs that we all enjoy listening to in Apple Music. Your job will be to work with the publishers to develop the processes and systems and reports we need to make sure the songwriters around the world get paid for their work. It is a business critical role and youll need to be entrepreneurial, quick to turn around solutions to our partners and accurate in everything you do.

Key Qualifications

  • Have good relationships with key music publishers and experience of music publishing operations either as a publisher or as a DSP (copyright management, royalty operations, reporting, invoicing and payment) Be technically proficient e.g. be able to write your own queries or have understanding of the system development life cycle
  • Be a good communicator and good at managing relationships with people
  • Be a good problem solver able to solve problems working on your own and in a team
  • Be able to manage business systems projects from gathering requirements to putting the feature live in production
  • Have technical skills and be able to manipulate data and even code yourself to solve problems
  • Be known as someone with great attention to detail and accuracy. Its noticeable that some people make less mistakes in what you do than others be it an email, checking a contract, a spreadsheet or payment to a supplier; youll need to be one of those people.

You’ll take on responsibility for working with music publishers in various countries of the world including initially the USA and China. Day to day this will involve keeping a close working relationship with the publishers, making sure our obligations for reporting and payment are fulfilled and that we are properly informed of developments which might impact our licensing or operations. You will work closely with the iTunes business and content teams, and also the legal and finance teams in the respective territories to develop licensing and operating strategies and to support negotiations where called upon.

As problems come up you’ll need to solve them. Sometimes you’ll need to be creative and work with the publishers investigating their issues or queries in real time. Perhaps they’ll want you to dig into the data and answer questions for them and well need you to be able to be hands on and comfortable looking in the database, producing good queries and solving the problems for them on your own. The team will always back you up but your ability to be self-serving is how we can deliver best service to our partners. Other times you’ll need to analyze the business process looking for improvements and identifying requirements for either modifying the systems or building new features. These sorts of changes don’t just need to be reactive to publishers needs, we also want you to come up with new ideas: is there a better way of doing this, how can the reports be improved, how can we deliver them differently, how could we make use of the data we have to make invoicing better, what extra data do we need to make it better, how can we eliminate manual tasks, how could we get more of the money moving faster, how can we eliminate errors.

We are always developing our systems and being able to manage the systems development process and our relationship with our software engineers is core to what we do. You’ll be responsible for identifying business needs in your territories, developing the plans, documenting requirements and working with the rest of the publishing team to prioritize what gets built and when.

This role will involve some domestic and international travel.

Degree and ideally MBA or further qualification

Apple is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

5 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Just adding one more MBA to drunk music machine steaming full speed to STREAMING SWAMP!

  2. Matt

    No telecommuting AND no travel from Apple HQ for a pub relations job? You’ll be able to keep up great relations with all of those important publishers in the Cupertino area! Of course phone, email, and Skype are ok but if you’re specific job is relations then face to face is kind of important.

    • Janna Glasser

      This can’t be a real ad. Must be a joke. Way too many typos and poorly thought out responsibilities. And terrible formatting.

  3. David Basskin

    Oh, it’s real. In fact, Apple is looking for three people for this position. There are three separate postings. Got to and search corporate jobs under the keywords “music publishing”.

    Doncha love people who confidently assert that something is a fake without checking? It wouldn’t be the Internet without ’em.