VP, A&R

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Based at the iconic Capitol Tower in the heart of Hollywood, Capitol Music Group is home to some of the best-known labels in modern music; encompassing the jazz icons of Blue Note, Capitol's generations of pop stars, and the legendary recording of Motown to name but a few. We produce, distribute and promote some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the industry. This role is a fantastic opportunity to join an organization on the cutting edge of the modern music business and, as part of Universal Music Group, a chance to be part of the world's leading Music Company.

How we LEAD: 

The chance to join the world's most iconic music company as the Vice-President, A&R does not come up very often! We are currently looking for creative executives with a passion for music to join our A&R team at Capitol Records. The Vice-President, A&R will secure new songs for existing talent on the label as well as evaluate new talent and serve as a liaison between assigned artists and the label. They will be a highly creative leader with solid relationships in the music industry. They will be an expert in specific genres and have a deep understanding of and relationships with those genres' key players and marketplace trends. They will have forward-thinking ideas on how to select and guide artists to success. This position will be LA-based.

How you'll CREATE:

  • Secure new songs for existing talent on the label.
    • Evaluate talent and match with potential audience tastes.
    • Oversee the recording, production, mastering, sequencing of artist projects.
    • Provide comprehensive feedback on new music to label President and head of A&R.
    • Review and recommend submitted/solicited demos as well as online material.
    • Act as label liaison with artists once they are signed to the label.
    • Provide creative input and direction on artist's material.
    • Find suitable producers, writers/co-writers, sound engineers and recording studios.
    • Coordinate pre-production and production, mixing and mastering.
    • Plan and monitor recording budgets for assigned projects.
    • Keep projects within agreed budget and schedule/timeline.
    • Evaluate recording and mixing progress for label's artists.
    • Attend live showcases/concerts at clubs and other venues.
    • Maintain files/records on all shows attended.
    • Work closely with other label departments/employees including Marketing, Digital, Publicity, Promotion and Commerce to ensure recorded material is commercially successful.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with industry insiders (managers, agents, attorneys, promoters, radio programmers, retail trade and consumer press, tastemakers, etc.).

Bring your VIBE:

  • Minimum 10 years music industry experience, with a demonstrated track record of finding new songs for existing talent and finding emerging artists that fit in with label's musical offerings/musical direction.
    • Experience with the different steps in the recording, production, mastering, sequencing and release of a record required.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills and time management skills; ability to influence and negotiate.
    • Must have strong knowledge of music and the ability to separate/identify what's commercially viable.
    • A pro-active self-starter with strong problem solving and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, be flexible and be a team player.
    • Ability to create and maintain strong relationships with artists, managers, attorneys, etc.
    • Ability to travel and attend showcases as required.
    • Must understand the artist lifestyle.
    • Excellent computer skills, MS Office and an intimate knowledge of the internet
  • Bachelor's degree preferred

Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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