Warner Bros. Records

Location: Burbank, CA

Founded: 1958

Website: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com/

Jack Warner founded Warner Bros. Records in 1958, setting up a modest office above the film studio’s machine shop on the lot of Warner Bros. Pictures. In 1963, the record label acquired Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records, securing the talents of the Chairman of the Board, along with the rest of the Rat Pack.

Notable Products

  • Record label
  • Artist development
  • Asylum Records
  • Nonesuch Records
  • Reprise Records
  • Warner Bros. Records Nashville

What to Expect

Warner Bros. Records is the parent entity of six record labels and a member of the Warner Music Group. The WMG family also includes the Atlantic Records Group, Rhino Entertainment, the Alternative Distribution Alliance, and Warner/Chappell music publishing. In 2007, Warner Bros. Records was ranked as the number one record label in the U.S. as measured by total album share. Notable acts past and present signed to the label include Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington, The Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Seal, The Flaming Lips, and Regina Spektor.

Within Warner Bros. Records are numerous departments including business affairs, marketing, promotions, and artist development. Positions within the company typically require a college degree in a relevant area of study, such as entertainment business, music business, recording arts, show production, marketing, communications, or business administration. Practical experience in live concert production, promotions, A&R, or similar fields is expected. Available employment opportunities within Warner Bros. Records and associated labels can be found by visiting the official Warner Music Group website. A lesser-known department within the record label is the technology division; this is where a staff of computer programmers and music-loving geeks create the innovative tools and technology of the future. This team develops assets for websites, mobile apps, and myriad other cool creations to connect fans to artists and promote the Warner Bros. roster of musicians. The company looks for individuals that are passionate and knowledgeable about the music industry and that demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.

Internships are available within the Warner Music Group, including opportunities to work at Warner Bros. Records. The internships are unpaid and eligible for college credit. To qualify for the program, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and commit to working at least 15 hours per week. Upon completion of the internship, candidates have the option to meet with a recruiter to interview for entry-level positions within the company. During the course of the program, interns are invited to career development workshops and seminars designed to increase the student’s potential of securing a full-time position and maintaining a successful career in the music industry. All interns are given an opportunity to work directly with company veterans to get hands-on experience.


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