EMI Music Publishing
Location: New York, NY
EMI Music Publishing is owned in part by Sony/ATV (a joint venture between Sony and the estate of Micheal Jackson) and David Geffen, and its roster boasts songs by artists such as Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, and Drake. The publisher’s catalog of hits includes “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “American Pie,” and “New York, New York.”
- Catalog of 1.3 million songs
- Music licensing
- Marketing services
- Artist development
What to Expect
As a music publisher, EMI licenses songs for advertising, film, television, merchandising, video games, and other uses. Songwriters who sign over all or a percentage of their publishing rights to EMI will find that the publisher aggressively markets their songs and pursues diverse avenues through which to monetize that license. In 2009, the company was awarded its 12th straight Billboard Publisher of the Year Award.
EMI employs individuals across a wide array of departments, including artist development, film and television sales, copyright, marketing, accounting, public relations, and more. The most coveted positions are those in A&R, whose job it is to visit clubs and scout new talent, but opportunities also exist for marketing representatives, royalty administrators, music supervisors, and licensing administrators, among others. Entry-level roles include coordinator of music resources, artist relations assistant, and marketing coordinator. Internships are available in the creative department as well as in other divisions, and are based on college credit. Summer internships require a minimum of 16 hours per week. Full-time programs are available during the fall and spring semesters. Candidates are evaluated based on a résumé and cover letter, and a demonstration of skill or strong interest in the music business.
EMI music publishing does not advertise vacant positions on its website. Instead, you should comb popular online job boards to search for employment opportunities. You may also inquire with their human resources department as to what positions may be open. Entry-level employment requires at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience. For mid-level and senior positions, like A&R executive or director of public relations, a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of music industry experience is preferred. Assistant and coordinator positions can expect to earn in the range of $25,000 to $50,000, depending on their experience and the department they work in, while managers and mid-level employees can make a base salary of $47,000 to $62,000 per year. Pay is based on demonstrated skill, education, and previous work history.
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